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New tactics for judicial races



Is this how it is going to be now? We just witnessed the most expensive, and not coincidentally, most repulsive judicial election in our nation’s history. Janet Protasiewicz easily won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She did it in part by rewriting the rules of judicial politics. She told voters how she felt about a number of issues likely to come before the court. And she went on the attack. Jurists traditionally have been more reserved, touting their own qualifications instead. Not in this race. Protasiewicz and Dan Kelly each ran shadowy ads and accused the other of being soft on crime. They raised millions, a new record, much of it from out of state, particularly for Protasiewicz. This isn’t how democrats typically campaign for a seat on the state’s high court. They usually play nice. It has gotten nastier in recent years, but this was a new low. However, her tactics worked, and she was easily elected. You can’t help but wonder if this will be how campaigns are to be conducted in the future. Raise a lot of money, yell loudly and drown out your opponent with negative ads. It worked for Protasiewicz, so we’ll probably see the strategy in future elections as well.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Mark Waldenberger

    April 21, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Protasiewicz IS soft on crime, you need only look at her record to see that. She is a liberal and many consider here to be a “progressive” but what she is is not qualified to be on the state supreme court. What this came down to was politics. Just like in the Presidential election, money from outside Wisconsin poured in to support their candidates. I counted on t.v. one day and she had about 20 ads to one for Kelly and that number repeated itself throughout the day. I was so sick and tired of listening to the BS commercials for her by the end of the day, I physically became ill. She outspent Kelly because of money from people outside Wisconsin infusing money to Democrats and various liberal outlets in our state. Shades of Zuckerberg giving all that money to a group here in Wisconsin who then used the money for ballot drop boxes and all that other crap that had no business in our elections. You can deny it all you want but money is what won this particular election, that and the left holding Protasiewicz up as a champion of abortion rights. Right? We need civics classes in school again because there is no “right” to end the life of an unborn child. The Founding Fathers would have been horrified to even hear such a thing. Problem with Democrats, leftists and liberals is they want their cake and eat it too! They don’t care if the majority doesn’t agree with them, they will simply buy their way to what they want or do it with the stroke of a pen through an executive order by the top fruit in their fruitbowl, Biden.

  2. nick

    April 24, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Mark is absolutely correct about needing civics classes in school.
    This election was about one thing and one thing only; give women the right to end a life at any period including going into labor.
    The left has attacked the family, attacked religion and attacked the learning process. They have cheapened life. You get what you reap.
    We have a gun problem but more importantly we have a MORALITY problem.
    We have 12,13,14 etc year old children running around shooting people. People had guns for decades but until now you never had to worry about getting shot by a young teenager.

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