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WI Sup. Ct.: Former Dem Gov Abandons Prosser, Endorses Kloppenburg

by: DavidNYC

Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 11:38 AM EDT


This is a pretty amazing story - and not the kind of thing you want to see happen during the final weekend of your campaign:

Former Democratic Gov. Patrick Lucey is withdrawing his support for incumbent Justice David Prosser for Wisconsin Supreme Court and is throwing it to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Lucey released a statement to the media Thursday evening saying the campaign has revealed what he called "a disturbing distemper and lack of civility" in Prosser, though he did not cite specifics.

"I have followed with increasing dismay and now alarm the campaign of Justice David Prosser, whom I endorsed at the outset of his campaign and in whose campaign I serve as the honorary co-chairman," Lucey said in the statement. "I can no longer in good conscience lend my name and support to Justice Prosser's candidacy. Too much has come to light that Justice Prosser has lost that most crucial of characteristics for a Supreme Court Justice-as for any judge-even-handed impartiality. Along with that failing has come a disturbing distemper and lack of civility that does not bode well for the High Court in the face of demands that are sure to be placed on it in these times of great political and legal volatility."

Lucey, age 93, served as governor of Wisconsin in the 1970s and was also the running mate of independent presidentical candidate John Anderson in 1980. Lucey may have declined to cite any examples of Prosser's behavior, but I sure will:

  • He bellowed that a fellow justice was a "bitch" and vowed to "destroy her" - then blamed her for his outburst
  • He claimed that the same justice and another female colleague "ganged up" on him in an attempt to make him look bad
  • He confided to Republicans and right-wing allies that they could be sure how he'd rule on topics like redistricting and abortion rights - all but prejudging cases in advance

And those are just a few examples of Prosser's lack of a proper judicial temperament. I haven't even touched upon the fact that he promised he'd be a "complement" to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans in the legislature, on account of the fact that his views "closely mirror" theirs. Lucey's critique of Prosser aligns very much with the case Kloppenburg and her supporters have been presenting all along, and it helps ensure that this will be topic #1 for the campaign's final days. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

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Why did he support him in the first place?


"I have never deliberately given anybody hell. I just tell the truth on the opposition-and they think it's hell."--President Harry Truman. President Obama, are you listening?

Good 1st question
2nd question, will any of this matter?  Does the opinion of someone who governed before approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the electorate was even born have an impact?

To me the idea that a Dem was supporting this guy this long is kind of odd (t o b.j.'s opening point).  Is there any other Dem support for this guy, and if so, whom?


[ Parent ]
Having your campaign co-chair switch sides on you...
...as a candidate is a big deal regardless of who that co-chair is.  If nothing else, it's extremely embarrassing, puts you on the defensive, and gives the impression that the rats are jumping the ship.

Why this guy supported Prosser, I don't know.  From my contacts in WI, though, this last minute switch is classic Lucey.  He was always a troublemaker, having been the VP candidate for Anderson's third party 1980 presidential run.

Someone on dKos commented that Lucey was probably sitting back, drinking a scotch, and enjoying the fact that he got in one last political "win" before he passes on to the legislature in the sky.


[ Parent ]
I thought all of the legislatures in the afterlife were in Hell.


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[ Parent ]
I'm sure Ted Kennedy
is now Senate Majority Leader in the afterlife in the above.

[ Parent ]
That's beautiful
I love that thought, even though I believe in reincarnation.

23, dude, gay, IL-13

[ Parent ]
The fight goes on
and the dream never dies.

23, dude, gay, IL-13

[ Parent ]
meh
i'd prefer byrd

18, Dem, CA-14 (home) CA-09 (college, next year). social libertarian, economic liberal, fiscal conservative.   Everybody should put age and CD here. :)

[ Parent ]
Teddy got there first... n/t


[ Parent ]
BARBARIC!


26 White Male. Born and raised in MN-8, currently living in MN-5.

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."


[ Parent ]
Because Pat Lucey morphed into a douchewad
in the 1970s.

When he was appointed ambassador to Mexico he became minorly famous for the SNL skit that said now "the dope traffic goes both ways".


[ Parent ]
Other Wisconsin news: Dems have the signatures to recall Kapanke
http://lacrossetribune.com/new...

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2 down 6 more to go.


19, Self Appointed Chair of the SSP Gay Caucus (I claimed it first :p), male, Dem, IN-09 (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09)

[ Parent ]
Who's the other? Hopper?


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[ Parent ]
It's rumored that there are enough sigs for Hopper
The rumor is that April 6th will be a big day for the recall effort.

[ Parent ]
Sarah Palin endorses Prosser
If that gets enough play in the local media over the weekend, that could be the final nail in the coffin.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo...


Take a guess... n/t


[ Parent ]
That's overstating it
but I'll say that it'll do him no favors.

Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
How is this ad playing out....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It's a pretty effective counter ad from Prosser's folks. I know the Kloppenburg ad on this was getting some traction. I thought this was a pretty brutal reply. It kind of reminded me of the turnaround ad that Gov Martinez ran in NM.

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That was not a turnaround ad in NM


Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
He is publicly funded
Therefore, it's not his "folks."

Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
It's his allies (eom)


[ Parent ]
Yeah, I know.
But the ad smells of "Hail Mary".  It basically throws the kitchen sink.

Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
What do you make of it, Dave?


Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
I think it's damaging
But Merryfield had been really harsh on Prosser as recently as a few years ago, and from what I hear, he also has a civil suit pending. So this whole thing makes no sense, and I don't understand how someone managed to get to him.

But none of that matters in a political campaign. Voters won't hear all that. They'll just see the ads. And this one is harsh. Hopefully it's too late to make a difference.

What's your take?


[ Parent ]
Good retaliatory ad, I wonder how many points? That matters, as the 1st ad...
...had heavy rotation in Milwaukee and Madison from what I read.  So this one, too, will have to run heavy to get noticed.

43, male, Indian-American, Democrat, VA-10

[ Parent ]
It would have been stronger if Prosser was in it...
...and said that the charges against him were lies.  The ad doesn't really challenge the validity of the claims against Prosser.  It's just a complaint about campaign tactics.

I don't think that its that damaging, IMO.  It's a good defense ad, but that's all.


[ Parent ]
Prosser couldn't have been in this ad (eom)


[ Parent ]
Wait, I heard of this
It got some blowback (this was playing for several days before being posted) because the number goes to van Hollen's office.

Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo!
So little time, so much to know!


[ Parent ]
Hah! Really?
That's funny. I mean, the ad creators don't care about who makes calls - that's just what they throw in to make it an "issue" ad, rather than a campaign ad. But it's funny that they would wind up pissing off the Republican AG.

[ Parent ]
I watch with interest
It would be nice to see a poll before the election. All we have is a possible (stale) leak from the Republicans.  


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