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Supreme Court Election Creates Unlikely Allies -- Sky Arnold

NASHVILLE, Tenn -- The most heated election on the ballot is creating some surprising allies.

Former State Supreme Court Justice Penny White and the group that helped get her out of office in 1996 both support retaining  State Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade.

The retention election is one of the most watched this week.

White tells Fox 17 News she was happy to learn the Tennessee Conservative Union was supporting all three justices.

"I actually saw that and felt like there is a God," said White.

The Union lead the effort to oust White over a ruling on the death penalty.

It's the only time a Supreme Court Justice has lost a retention vote in Tennessee History.

"Other than the loss of my parents it was the worst thing I've ever went through.  I wouldn't wish it for anyone," said White.

White blames politics for her loss and she's concerned that politics are playing a big role in the current retention election.

TV ads from the Tennessee Forum accuse all three Justices of being Liberals.

Kelvin Moxley with the Tennessee Conservative Union tells Fox 17 news he shares White's concern..

 "I think it sends us down an unsettling road to make it all about partisan politics," said Moxley.

Moxley says his group is supporting the three Justices because they have a record of following the Constitution.

Susan Kaestner with the Tennessee Forum has a different take on the Conservative Union's endorsement.

"This is a Tennessee group that has supported Bob Clement and Lincoln Davis and has teamed up with Liberal environmentalist groups," said Kaestner.

Kaestner says her group is opposing the Justices because all three are Liberal Democrats.

She doesn't see a problem with politicizing this race.

"144 years of the Democrats having a majority controlling the Supreme Court automatically defines it as a political process," said Kaestner.