They have started, as expected. Conservative groups opposed to Judge Jill Karofsky have started running ads against her as she fights to take a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat away from seating Justice Daniel Kelley, who was appointed to the bench by former Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Karofsky and Kelley face off in the April 7 spring general election.
According to PolitiFacts, the ads contain wrong information. Why are we not surprised? In 2018, conservatives backing Brian Hagedorn, who was battling favored Lisa Nuebauer for a seat on the state’s top court, also launched a series of last-minute ads, mostly on television, that distorted her record. Neubauer was apparently caught off her guard and many observers feel the negative ad campaign helped Hagedorn, another favorite of the Walker administration, upset Neubauer.
Could the same thing happen to Karofsky, who is campaigning hard for the post? Guess we will have to wait and see. The irony, of course, is the election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is supposed to be nonpartisan. Clearly, it is not, with Kelly receiving considerable support for the state’s Republican Party and Karofsky earning support from many Democrats.