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Minkoff scrambles to get son home for swearing-in ceremony



It seems there is always at least one little thing to worry about no matter what kind of celebration is being planned.
For Tom Minkoff, who is to be sworn in as a Sixth Judicial Circuit Court judge this afternoon, it's how to get his younger son, a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis - home to join in the celebration.
Southwest Airlines this morning canceled flights out of BWI because of a snowstorm that is headed that way.
Matt, the 19-year-old cadet, was to fly out of that airport this afternoon.
Minkoff was scrambling this morning to figure out an alternative plan -- and it seems he found one.
His brother works for a company that has charter planes. Matt will fly out on one of them around noon today.
Is he worried about his son?
"Concerned, yes; worried, no," Minkoff said.
"We are a family of aviators. In fact, Matt's a private pilot himself," he said.
"Any time your kids are in harm's way, you worry. Parents worry 24/7 when their kids go to Afghanistan. These kids go through it every day," Minkoff said.
Well, with or without Matt, this afternoon, four months after Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Minkoff to the bench, he'll be there to pull it out so he can sit down.
The governor will be in Clearwater this afternoon to preside over the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Minkoff, a 59-year-old Gulfport resident. He has another son, Mike, 23, who lives in Charleston, S.C., but has made it home for the ceremony.
Minkoff quoted part of his prepared speech: "I will strive to be a judge who is fair, attentive, impartial and respectful.
"I will be a judge who not only leads the administration of justice with humility, but one who listens to the facts and applies the law fairly."

Now, if only Matt gets home to hear his dad say those words.

-- Patti Ewald, Times Correspondent

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:24pm]


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