A state representative does not have standing to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointment of 15th Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the Supreme Court and Francis meets the qualification for that post.

Those were among the arguments made by DeSantis and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission in opposing the petition from Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, asking the Supreme Court to block Francis’ appointment and for the Supreme Court JNC to submit a new slate of nominees to the governor.

Thompson filed her petition for writs of mandamus and quo warranto against the JNC and DeSantis on July 13 saying that since Francis won’t have been a member of The Florida Bar for 10 years until September 24, she was ineligible to apply, be considered for, or appointed to the Supreme Court. Francis won’t be joining the court until her 10-year anniversary as a Bar member.