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Supreme Court Candidates Unhappy With Partisan Aspect in Race


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Both candidates for the State Supreme Court are not happy that labor activists want to turn their non-partisan race into a referendum on GOP Governor Scott Walker.

The court would lose its 4-3 conservative majority if incumbent David Prosser loses to challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg three weeks from Tuesday. And Kloppenburg’s supporters were urging those attending last weekend’s pro-union rally in Madison to vote for her as “the next step” in their fight.

The Supreme Court could eventually decide the fate of the law Walker signed that virtually ends collective bargaining by public unions. And some believe a liberal court would have a better chance of overturning it.

Christina Brey of the state’s largest teachers’ union says educators are watching this election to make sure that, “the political power grabbing that the governor has engaged in doesn’t go unchecked.”

But the Kloppenburg campaign is trying to distance itself from that kind of talk. Campaign manager Mellissa Mulliken says Kloppenburg would remain impartial if she’s elected. And Prosser’s manager, Brian Nemoir, says those who are trying to make it a referendum on Walker are unfair to Prosser. He says any suggestion that Prosser marches in lockstep to Walker or anyone else has a, “misunderstanding of who this man is.”

Although he’s a former Republican Assembly Speaker, Prosser has taken pride in being fair in his 12 years on the bench.