With just weeks before the election, Daley finds himself having a very bad, horrible, no good day.
First, One Wisconsin Now came out with an eye-opening report on how Daley is receiving a lot of help from the Republican Party, even though this is supposed to be a non-partisan seat:
Toeing the party line for the state Republicans appears to be paying off for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate James Daley, based on a review of his recently filed campaign finance reports. According to Daley's campaign finance reports the Republican Party of Wisconsin donated nearly $7,000 worth of staff and research services to Daley between January 1 and February 2 this year.And if being shown to be a partisan, corporate puppet wasn't bad enough, the Bradley campaign comes out with a devastating ad with right wing radio squawker Mark Belling calling Daley unfit for the Supreme Court because of Daley's decision to give a slap on the wrist to a man who had severely beaten a child.
"James Daley has shown he's willing to set aside his own views to toe the Republican Party line as a candidate for the state high court," said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. "While his willingness to flip flop on the issues seems to be paying off handsomely for his political campaign, it raises a huge red flag about his independence as a jurist."
Prior to snagging GOP funding for staff and research, Daley changed his position on legislative Republicans' fast track power grab to unseat the high court's current Chief Justice. In December Daley endorsed the GOP's 'Supreme Injustice' amendment to the state constitution to unseat the current court chief, but subsequently changed his stance to "no opinion" in early January. In comments to the media later in January, Daley was again supporting the GOP authored power grab.
Daley's campaign finance report on file with the Government Accountability Board disclosed an in-kind contribution of $2,500 on January 7 from the Republican Party of Wisconsin for services from America Rising, LLC, a GOP opposition research group. On January 31 Daley received another in-kind contribution of $4,375 from the state GOP for "wages - campaign staff."
Ross concluded, "The last thing we need on the state Supreme Court is more partisan politics. These latest revelations about James Daley set a disturbing precedent about his willingness to set aside his beliefs out of partisan political expediency."
Daley shows his depravity by trying to pretend that he is now concerned about the victim. But not even Belling is buying it:
In an email Friday, Belling said Bradley used his comments accurately and he thinks the case in question disqualifies Daley for service on the Supreme Court.It cannot be emphasized enough how important this race is.
"Unfortunately, Wisconsin conservatives couldn't come up with an alternative that meets even the lowest standard of acceptability," Belling said.
The corporations and special interests already control four of the seven seats on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. If we ever want to stop and reverse the damage that these greedy bastards are doing to our state and to us, we have to stop ceding ground to them.
That means getting off our duffs and supporting Ann Walsh Bradley, as well as the good candidates in all elections from the Supreme Court to your local school board.