Former Gov. Patrick Lucey bails on Prosser campaign; endorses Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Some people may have been wondering why former Democratic Governor Pat Lucey was an honorary campaign chair for Justice Prosser’s re-election.  As it turns out, Lucey was wondering the same thing and his statement provides a late-breaking development as it occurs just days before Tuesday’s vote:

Statement from Patrick J. Lucey
March 31, 2011

“As a former Governor who appointed to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court two quite different but equally principled Justices – Shirley Abrahamson and Roland Day – and who has over the years endorsed several more Justices, 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.”

“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.”

“At the very same time that my confidence in Justice Prosser has waned, I admire and have continued to be impressed with Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. She has adhered throughout the campaign to even-handedness and non-partisanship and has exhibited both promising judicial temperament and good grace even in the heat of a fierce campaign.”

“For these reasons I have today resigned as Honorary Co-Chairman of Justice Prosser’s campaign, and I endorse Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg for the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April
5, 2011.”

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