Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Bradley is in trouble


I believe it was an editorial in National Review that said the trouble with sophomores is that they tend to be sophomoric. I’m inclined to give everyone a pass for what they did in college, and I think that most people are of the same mind, especially when it was so long ago it was before Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act.

I get that the recent attack in the Supreme Court race is based upon articles Rebecca Bradley wrote when she was in college 24 years ago. I get it that, in any decent society, Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now would be shunned. I also get that there is an appalling double standard, that only liberals can “grow” (often from very recent positions).

However, I think the severity of Bradley’s remarks regarding homosexual behavior and AIDS will work against any mitigating factor. While I would like to see the entire context of the articles, this is going to be a very damaging attack on Bradley. It’s likely to drown out her attacks (which should have been made long before now) on JoAnne Kloppenburg.

I won’t say that Bradley’s campaign is done. I certainly hope it isn’t. I will say she is going to have a tough time recovering from this.That decision by conservatives to essentially sit out the last Supreme Court race against Justice Ann Walsh Bradley isn’t looking better over time.

Here is Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley’s statement:

“Recently an article I wrote while a college student at Marquette 24 years ago has surfaced on left leaning blogs and now the mainstream press. I was writing as a very young student, upset about the outcome of that presidential election and I am frankly embarrassed at the content and tone of what I wrote those many years ago.

To those offended by comments I made as a young college student, I apologize, and assure you that those comments are not reflective of my worldview. These comments have nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state.

This is a blatant mudslinging campaign to distract the people from the issues at hand. This election is about diametrically opposed judicial philosophies. I have run a positive campaign focused on the rule of law and strict adherence to the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions. I am proud of the twenty plus years of experience I bring to this race, including my time as a Judge on the Milwaukee children’s court, the appellate court, and Supreme Court. I will work for the people of this state to ensure that justice is served and upheld on the state’s highest court.” – Justice Rebecca Bradley

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