Remember when Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Gableman said he’d run a clean campaign? I remember, and I also remember questioning whether Gableman could be trusted to abide by that pledge, given the fact that he hasn’t exactly proven himself to be a model of honest and ethical behavior.
Well it turns out an ad being run against Louis Butler on behalf of the Gableman campaign has come under scrutiny as possibly violating the state’s defamation laws, resulting in the ad being pulled from the air by WBAY. Since being pulled, the ad in question has been modified and has been allowed back on the air, but curiously enough, the Gableman campaign has been mum about the ad. Unlike the Butler campaign, which has publicly denounced all the third-party attack ads that have begun to be aired, the Gableman campaign has only issued statements attacking those ads that have been run against Gableman while staying curiously silent on those third-party ads that attack Louis Butler. The question I have is will Michael Gableman’s campaign come out against all the third-party attack ads being run against each of the candidates, or will he only concern himself with the ads that attack him? If Gableman really wants to have a clean campaign, he should denounce all the third-party ads being run, lest he end up looking like a hypocrite.