NASHVILLE — Some of the primary people hired to help three Tennessee Supreme Court justices win retention this summer appear to have blatantly partisan ties to the Democratic Party, despite justices insisting they themselves are apolitical.

One operative has a notorious past for causing trouble that might shock you — especially given that justices Gary Wade, Connie Clark and Sharon Lee have previously said politics has no place in the judiciary.

Assuming they handpicked these operatives themselves, is it proper to call the justices’ own judgment into question?