Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is up for reelection. Walsh Bradley is one of the few justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court with integrity, dignity and impartial and measured judiciousness.
Her class was shown by the way she handled herself when she was physically assaulted by David "Choke Hold" Prosser.
One of the names being bantered about by the extreme right is Rebecca Bradley. This Bradley was appointed to Milwaukee County Circuit Court by Scott Walker two years ago so that she could run for the seat as an incumbent in the spring election.
When the right wing Bradley was running for her first election two years ago, I did a fairly comprehensive write up on her at that time and at the risk of being accused of plagiarizing myself, I shall reproduce it here:
For the record, I endorsed Protasiewicz for the primary and I am proud to endorse her for the general election on April 2. I endorsed her because I know first hand of her strong work ethic, her balanced view and her dedication to the law.As I noted above, the extreme right wingers are really pushing for the ultra conservative Bradley to run.
At that time, I also pointed out that Protasiewicz' opponent was not being honest with the voters:It turns out I was not completely accurate with that assessment. As it turns out, Bradley is a lot more partisan and a lot more dishonest than I had previously thought.
I need to point out that the "incumbent," Rebecca Bradley was appointed to her seat by Scott Walker four months ago, for no other purpose than to give the incumbent boost at the polls.
I know many people that have appeared before her. Let me just say they were not very impressed. She took an exceptionally long time to learn her job and still has a hard time trying to do it.
Furthermore, she is less than honest with the voters. Almost nowhere in her literature (which she sends two of each one to my home), her webpage or ads does she mention that she used to lead the Milwaukee Branch of the Federalist Society.
For the unfamiliar, the Federalist Society is to law what Media Trackers is to journalism. Their mission is to find legal ways to advance their uber-conservative agenda.
As noted above, she was appointed by Scott Walker just five months ago. The first red flag came in his announcement of her appointment to the bench (emphasis mine):
“Appointing Ms. Bradley ensures the residents of Milwaukee County receive timely and fair service from the court system,” said Governor Walker. “Ms. Bradley is a great lawyer, a person of integrity, and she understands the proper role of a judge. She will be a great addition to the Milwaukee County bench.”Given his relationship to certain members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, like David "Rubber Stamp" Prosser, we know what this means.
My suspicions grew in the time leading up to the primary and we received numerous flyers from her campaign. That was a lot of money for a county race primary and for someone who just started her campaign just three months before.
What I also found interesting was some of the language on her mailers:
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Pay note to the first highlighted line: "...applying the law impartially, free of any political agenda." One would think that when someone says something like this, they would mean there would no political agenda, but the facts show that Bradley's whole campaign is about furthering the extreme right wing agenda.
First off, a quick look at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's database shows that not only has Bradley made political donations, but all $1,350 of it went to Scott Walker, with the most recent being just months before he appointed her to the bench:
Another red flag should be when Bradley announced her campaign and named Michael Grebe as one of her campaign co-chairs. Grebe is, as the gentle reader already knows, the head of the corrupt, racist Bradley Foundation and was Scott Walker's campaign chairman for both of his last two campaigns.
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Well, at least now we can surmise how she afforded all those mailings.
Her "nonpartisanship" is also demonstrated by the fact that she is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA). One of the main issues for the RNLA is voter suppression, which has been shown to be targeting young minorities the most. As written by the Republicans, the voter suppression laws would be the most restrictive in the nation. Bradley's RNLA responded with inflammatory, irresponsible and baseless rhetoric, saying opposition to the voter suppression law came from "the far left, anti-democracy and divisive campaign funded by George Soros."
Well, that certainly makes it clearer on why Grebe is involved with the campaign.
As I had mentioned before, Bradley also did a stint as President of the Milwaukee Federalist Society - a fact that she is trying to scrub from her profiles. The Federalist Society is funded in part by the Bradley Foundation (cue Grebe again) and the issue this presents is best described by Tom Foley, aka Illusory Tenant:
The incumbent, Republican Scott Walker appointee Rebecca Bradley, describes herself as a "nonideological" member of the Federalist Society, which is an organization of malcontents and paranoid hysterics with law degrees that was founded on political ideology.Kinda like being a Milwaukee Admiral but you don't play hockey.
As further proof of her "freedom of any political agenda, it should be noted that she has a rather peculiar habit of attending Republican fundraisers and other events such as the Milwaukee County Reagan Day Dinner and the Milwaukee County Lincoln Day Dinner:
Needless to say, a preponderance of the evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that Rebecca Bradley is an extremist and as partisan as they come.
One of these extremists is radio squawker Charlie Sykes, who is pushing for her on his "White Wisconsin" page, which is funded by the Wisconsin Club for Growth.
In what I'm sure is a pure coincidence (cough, cough), the Wisconsin Club for Growth dropped $167,000 on ads to support Bradley, which is a helluva lotta money for a county circuit court race.
I am sure it is also pure coincidence (cough, cough,) that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has not even heard, much less rendered a decision regarding the slew of John Doe related cases - all involving the Wisconsin Club for Growth - that have been sent to it.
I would not be surprised to see the dark money special interest group stall any proceedings by the Supreme Court until the latter half of next year when they feel that they hope to have enough of a strangle hold on Lady Justice.
I don't think it would be possible to overemphasize the importance of this election. We must stop the damage before we can start repairing it.