ALBANY, Ga. -- Matt Wilson, who hopes to unseat Justice David Nahmias from his position on the Georgia Supreme Court next month, admits that while the incumbent is certainly well-educated, he is still wet behind the ears as far as experience goes.
"I think (Nahmias) is a smart guy who lacks common sense," Wilson said frankly during a recent meeting with The Albany Herald Editorial Board. "Having a great education doesn't necessarily mean you have wisdom, and he has one of the smart-guy failings in that he is smart but doesn't have common sense."
Wilson, who has 35 years of broad experience as an attorney, said experience in Georgia's courtrooms is what is needed at the helm of the state's top court.
"He (Nahmias) has never tried a case in the state of Georgia," said the candidate. "He has never really had any clients except for one, and as a federal prosecutor his client was the federal government."
Gov. Sonny Perdue chose Nahmias to fill the vacancy on the court left by Leah Ward Sears after she resigned at the end of her tenure as chief justice of the state's highest court last year.
Previous to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Nahmias was a U.S. Attorney for North Georgia.
Wilson points to Nahmias as the catalyst for a recent polarization in the state's highest court.
"You can see the (conflict) of the court in the decisions, and if you watch the oral arguments they are being dominated (by Nahmias)," said the attorney. "We really want the Supreme Court justices to listen to each other. If the court can agree, it represents a consensus view of our constitution and our laws that filter down through the system."
Wilson said he was the only candidate who is a trained mediator and that the elitist attitude in some of Georgia's courts needs to be fought against.
"I don't think I'm the smartest guy in the room, but you don't have to be to listen and I think the job (of a Supreme Court justice) is to listen well and not bring an agenda to the court," said the candidate.
Wilson, who has owned and operated The Wilson Law Firm for 20 years and has never before run for public office, said he has no agenda or political connections to cloud his judgment.
"I have enjoyed a great deal of success as a lawyer, and at 59 years old, this would be my last job," said the candidate. "I'm an outsider with no conflicts of interest."
Wilson, Nahmias and Lawrenceville divorce lawyer Tammy Lynn Adkins are competing in a nonpartisan race in the Nov. 2 general election for a six-year term on the court.
To learn more about Wilson and his campaign for a seat at the Georgia Supreme Court visit wilsonforsupremecourt.com.