For those of you who aren’t following the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race yet, Tim Burns is a Madison lawyer who is running for the seat currently held by Justice Michael Gableman. I heard him speak at the 2017 Democratic Party of Wisconsin Convention and was eager to see how his campaign would unfold.
Well I am tired of his already. And no, not because of the daily emails from his campaign. I expect that and have the same volume of emails from a lot of candidates running for elected offices in 2018.
No I am tired of his negative advertising campaign against opponent Judge Michael Screnock. Now I realize that state Supreme Court races have grown far more partisan over the last dozen years and parties are far more involved than I remember. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article a few weeks ago detailing a number of protest incidents thirty years ago that resulted in Judge Screnock’s arrest. The media did it’s job and wrote about a candidate’s history. Something that the electorate might be interested in. Should be end of story.
But Mr. Burns has continually targeted advertising in social media linking to the MJS story…day after day after day. Along with comments questioning Judge Screnock’s bias or ability to be fair. I am tired of looking at it every time I log in.
I don’t support Judge Screnock’s views. I would never consider voting for him. But I hate the level of conversation this race as taken this early in the campaign. This is beneath the level of discourse we should be having in a Supreme Court race. This is demeaning. This is mean spirited. For me it rules out Tim Burns as a candidate. Can’t we even run a court race without sinking to this? There aren’t points of law that Wisconsin cares about that can’t be discussed instead?