Neubauer is Backpedaling on Her Recent Promises in an Attempt to Mislead Voters
April 1, 2019
[Madison, WI] – Today, it was reported that Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer is walking back a promise to recuse herself from cases involving groups funded by donors to her campaign. At last week’s debate, Neubauer promised she would recuse herself from cases involving a group run by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who is spending $350,000 in support of her election. But now, Neubauer is refusing to tell voters whether she’d recuse herself from cases involving the affiliate groups funded by Holder – including a group that is currently suing to overturn laws passed by Republican lawmakers in last year’s lame-duck session.
Neubauer’s refusal to commit to recusing herself from these cases is in stark contrast to her campaign rhetoric calling for stronger recusal rules. Once again, Neubauer is telling voters to “do as I say, not as I do.”
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Lisa Neubauer won’t say if she’ll sit out cases for groups funded by former AG Eric Holder
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 1, 2019
Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer said at last week’s debate that she would sit out cases involving a group run by former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder.
That was very clear.
But would Neubauer recuse herself on cases involving groups that are funded by Holder’s group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee?
That is much less clear.
And perhaps more important.
That’s because Holder’s group is not really doing any campaign work on its own for Neubauer, though the former Obama official did stump for her last month in her race against appeals court judge Brian Hagedorn, the favorite of conservatives. Their election is Tuesday.
Instead, Holder’s nonprofit gave $350,000 to two groups — Together Wisconsin Acts and Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) — to help Neubauer get elected. Neubauer has said she wanted Holder’s group to stay out of the contest.
And BLOC is one of several groups asking the courts to throw out lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul.
That lawsuit could end up before the Supreme Court and, if she wins Tuesday, before Neubauer, who is backed by liberal groups. The new justice joins the court in August.
But Neubauer’s campaign manager, Tyler Hendricks, was vague about whether Neubauer, an appeals court judge, would sit out cases involving organizations funded by Holder’s group.
“She believes we need a stronger recusal rule so that the public can once again have faith in our judiciary,” Hendricks said. “She will evaluate each case before the court to ensure there are no conflicts.”
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