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Sen. Johnson says it’s “crucial” to elect Kelly to Wisconsin Supreme Court



In the last two decades, most races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have come down to a fight between a liberal and a conservative. 

It’s the same situation this year, and there should be no surprise over which candidate Republican Senator Ron Johnson supports.  Johnson is backing former Justice Dan Kelly.

“If he loses, then the court flips, we have a bunch of judicial activists there, and they would have no problem overturning…the conservative legislative gains we’ve had over the last few decades,” Johnson says, “and Wisconsin would be a very different place in a very short period of time.”

Johnson urges conservatives to get others like them to the polls in April, to vote for Kelly over opponent Janet Protasiewicz.

“When you come from the left,” the senator tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk, “and you’re a judge, you’re really not a judge. You’re an activist legislator from the bench.”

Johnson says Democrats try to use the courts to put their ideas into law, in case they can’t win elections.

Not counting the open seat on the April ballot, being vacated by retiring Justice Patience Roggensack, there’s a 3-3 split on the court between the left and right. 

Kelly was appointed to the Supreme Court by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2016, and lost his bid for a full 10-year term in the 2020 election.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Peter Bugni

    March 13, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Sen. Johnson doesn’t support his constituents in Wisconsin. His voting record supports it. He certainly isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed!! He’s a right wing tRump supporter !

  2. Ken

    March 13, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Why would we want Kelly he hasn’t contributed any of his campaign money to this race he is bought and psid for by big corporations and the rich he is not for the a etahe person just like traitor johnson loves putin

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