“I’m only concerned with the chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court at this time,” Beatty said after his election. “I don’t like speculating, and that has not happened. I don’t want to even spend any time thinking about it.”
Toal said Beatty’s election shows why South Carolina’s unusual method of having lawmakers pick judges is better than public elections, which could result in one-issue candidates or unqualified judicial candidates backed by big money.
“He’s not in majority party,” Toal said of Beatty. “He was judged not on party affiliation, but on his merits as a judge. He met the test with flying colors.”