Case in point, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed to the court by former Republican Governor Scott Walker as a reward for his work helping the Republican Party’s defense of its obscene redistricting after the 2010 census, is now renting space for his campaign from the Republic Party.
As reported in a recent article on wislawjournal.com, Kelly is also receiving help in his campaign from the GOP. Clearly, Kelly and the state Republican Party are not even pretending to be nonpartisan.
Kelly is facing two opponents, Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky in a primary election on Feb. 18.
Both Fallone and Karofsky are not being openly endorsed or supported by the state’s Democratic Party. The two, however, have been actively courting support from Democrats. [perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Both are scheduled to speak to the Green Lake County Dems & Friends; Karofsky at the organization’s Saturday, Jan. 4, meeting, and Fallone at the Feb. 1, Saturday, meeting.[/perfectpullquote]
Last year, Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer narrowly lost a “nonpartisan” election to Brian Hagedorn, who also openly had support from the state’s Republican party. Hagedorn too had worked for Walker.
Neubauer, who is now seeking reelection to her District 2 appeals court post, angered a lot of Democrats last year when she turned down their active support because she felt it would have violated the nonpartisan aspect of the election.
Neubauer played by the rules and it probably cost her the election last year. So far, Karofksy and Fallone are doing the same thing, although their opponent, Kelly is not.
If a sitting Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice is flaunting the rules that pertain to nonpartisan elections, doesn’t that suggest that we do away with the facade that these elections are nonpartisan; let’s make them fair and treat them as they really are: partisan, just like most elections. Let’s make the playing field equal.