Dallet, Burns battle over who is further left at candidate forum
January 23 ,18
[Madison, WI] — Tim Burns and Rebecca Dallet, the two liberal candidates running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, spent most of Monday night’s candidate forum attacking each other. While the liberal candidates went after each other, Judge Michael Screnock proved that he is the only candidate running for Wisconsin Supreme Court who will respect the Constitution and uphold the rule of law.
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Supreme Court candidates trade barbs in first debate
The three candidates for state Supreme Court traded barbs Monday about their judicial philosophies and records during their first debate ahead of next month’s primary.
Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock took the first shot during opening statements, saying he’s dedicated to upholding the separation of powers and the rule of law and that his opponents, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Middleton attorney Tim Burns, don’t share that view.
“One of them has called the notion of an impartial judiciary a fairy tale, the other has referred to the rule of law as garbage, and both of them have been actively campaigning on the political issues that they hold dear,” Screnock said. “And I find that practice deeply troubling.”
Dallet said it is important to state your values, but not take positions on issues as Burns has done, which she said could force him to have to recuse himself from a case.
“There’s nothing fair about that, there’s nothing just about that, and there’s nothing progressive about that,” Dallet said.
Burns fired back, “My problem with Judge Dallet’s position is that it changes every other day.”
“We need someone on this court that will stand up to Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature when they act outside the law,” Burns said. “And when you go back and forth on every issue in this campaign depending on what your polling shows you or depending on whatever, it shows none of the resilience that you need to actually stand up and say ‘no’ to big business, ‘no’ to the Legislature, ‘no’ to the governor when that is warranted.”
Dallet said she’s been consistent during her campaign and noted she’s backed liberal justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Shirley Abrahamson. She accused Burns of cherry picking.
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