If Tuesday’s first public debate among the three candidates for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is any indication, voters better brace ourselves for a knockdown battle.
The debate, held at the Madison law office of Foley & Lardner, featured allegations of corruption and charges of insufficient experience. Look for these charges to be amplified in the coming months as the supposedly nonpartisan campaign heats up.
The three candidates, Justice Daniel Kelly, Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone, and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, will face off in a February primary which will reduce the field to the top two vote-getters. They then will compete in the April general election.
Kelly, who is a sitting member of the state’s high court, is backed by conservatives and Republicans, while Fallone and Karofsky have garnered support from progressives, liberals, and Democrats.