John Devine and his Hispanic wife Nubia (and their six children) did the unthinkable for a candidate running in a hotly contested statewide runoff race for Justice of the Texas Supreme Court on July 31, 2012. The Devines moved from Houston to Austin on the eve of the run-off elections because they decided to take a step of faith based upon their belief in Psalm 3. God was faithful, and John Devine won the seat by defeating David Medina. Texas is blessed to have a committed Christian such as Judge John Devine as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court
Here’s Staff writer Eden Stiffman on Harris County lawyer John Devine’s interesting decision before he declared a victory last night:
Former judge and anti-abortion activist John Devine pulled off a 6-point win against incumbent Justice David Medina, a Perry appointee, in last night’s Texas Supreme Court runoff.
But it turns out he’s been feeling pretty confident for a while — even before the vote counting started. Devine and his family had already moved to Austin several days ago.
Devine made that decision even though he had finished second to Medina in the May 29 primary. Medina had 39 percent to Devine’s 32 percent.
So how could Devine be so sure of victory that he’d move his family?
“We moved because we believed that God was going to give us a victory,” he said. “We relied on that faith and we were victorious.”
Although two Houston attorneys allege that Devine told them he targeted Medina because of he could beat a guy with a Hispanic surname, Devine said that race or ethnicity had nothing to do with the results. “The Tea Party pushed us over the top,” said Devine, and “the Tea Party also elected Cruz.”
“Voters wanted men and women of integrity and a dedication to the Constitution,” said Devine. “We were able to communicate our strengths.”