Election watchers are predicting that the campaign for Wisconsin Supreme Court this spring will be the most expensive court race ever in the U.S.
Whether conservatives or liberals control the high court will be determined by whoever wins the open seat in April. Former Justice Dan Kelly is one of four candidates on the ballot, and he says he learned during the 2020 election that “timing is everything.”
Conservative Kelly was defending his court seat he had held for four years, and received 700-thousand votes, but lost to Jill Karofsky on the same day that Democrats had an important presidential primary.
Another thing Kelly learned was “that the people of Wisconsin really do want someone on the court who is going to apply the Constitution and the statutes as they’re written, not as some jurists might want them to be,” he told WIZM’s La Crosse Talk.
“Wisconsinites insist they want to be able to come back to you every once in a while and say, how (are) you doin’ with that authority that we lent to you?” he says. “We want to see a report card.”