The Unexpected Becomes a Historic Appointment

Justice Joseph W. Hatchett


“During the interview, the governor never mentioned the historic nature of the appointment, but ‘of course, we both knew that.’ One thing the governor did ask, however, was whether I would be willing to run for office if appointed. “I knew that you had to run — I didn’t know when — but I said, ‘Sure. I’ll run.’

At this point, I thought an appointment unlikely, ‘so I said yes to anything,’ and lo and behold, then the next thing that happened was I was appointed.”

Interview with  Joseph W. Hatchett on his historic appointment to the Florida Supreme Court from Florida’ Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government by Susan A. MacManus; University Press of Florida, 2017, pages 350-351