It is coming; look for a last minute smear campaign against Jeff Davis by conservative outside black money sources.
History suggests that if it hasn’t happened already in the state’s major media markets, we’ll soon start to see a campaign by conservatives and Republicans to discredit sitting District II Appeals Court Judge Jeff Davis.
There is a history of their doing this. When Appeals Court Chief Justice Lisa Neubauer ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2019 against fellow Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn, there was a flood of last minute misleading ads attacking Neubauer.
The ads came from out-of-state black money sources. And they may have cost Neubauer the election. Hagedorn’s camp denied that they played a role in the ads, but the damage was done. Hagedorn won in an extremely close race, 606,414 to 600,433 (50.2% to 49.7%). To be fair, liberal-leaning organizations, including those from outside the state, actually outraised Neubauer, but the timing of the pro-Hagedorn ads appear to have made a difference.
Republicans/conservatives, unlike the Dems, have figured out that if you can’t beat them at the ballot box, beat them in the courts. Hence the makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court: conservatives dominate.
Because the Republican Party/conservatives recognize the power that they gain when conservative courts rule in their favor, at all levels, they are willing to do whatever it takes to elect conservative judges. And in today’s hyper political environment, that means mislead and misinform.
To aid in spreading this garbage, groups like the Republican State: Leadership Committee has spent more than $2.2 million in election activities to support conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates in 2020, 2019, and 2016.