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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What's in a name? Plenty, at election time

On the way to work this morning, we spotted a lawn sign advertising a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Glancing at the sign as we drove by, the first and last name on it looked familiar, but they were separated by what appeared to be a jumble of consonants.

It was only later that we realized the sign was advertising sitting justice Lorie Gildea -- that is, Lorie Skjerven Gildea. We're so used to referring to her by her married name only that we momentarily forgot her admirable Scandinavian roots.

We know Justice Gildea would never stoop to this, but it reminded us of the mini-flap a few years ago when, during her campaign for State Auditor, the candidate heretofore known as Pat Awada suddenly became Pat Anderson Awada. As political pandering goes, it's pretty mild stuff. But that's how we do things in de Gopher Staten.


Anonymous said...

If you check the Minnesota Supreme Court webpage, Justice Gildea has always been listed as "Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea." If you check the archives of Supreme Court Opinions, you will see that is also how she has always signed her opinions. Her maiden name is pronounced "SURE-vin." And that is what she will have in November.

Anonymous said...

If you check her history before the Supreme court you may find that she did not use her maiden name. Could it be she is emulating Ms Anderson Awada after all?

Anonymous said...

If you check with anyone that knows her (some of us knew her before she was either "Gildea" or "Justice"), you will find that she is very proud of her roots, her family and her upbringing - honoring that in her professional name is something that she has done for as long as I have known her.

Anonymous said...

I notice her campaign website is www.justiceloriegildea.com, not www.justicelorieskjervengildea.com.

Anonymous said...

Seriously - when was the last time you typed in a URL that was even as long as www.justiceloriegildea.com? I'm sure her campaign people appreciate the website mention though!

Anonymous said...

Just a little fyi I've know Lorie Skjerven Gildea for almost 23 years, she has always gone by Lorie Skjerven Gildea, that is her legal name. and Another FYI her sister's legal name is Skjerven-(insert husband's last name). That's how her family does it. So please back up your story a bit more.