Though I haven’t devoted much space on Blogging Blue to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race, it’s nonetheless a very important race with important repercussions. As the host of Drinking Liberally, I was fortunate enough to have met two of the candidates running for the state Supreme Court, and while Joel Winnig made it very clear he’d be the “progressive voice” on the court if elected, JoAnne Kloppenburg refused to be pigeonholed into a specific ideology, instead talking about how she’d be an impartial and independent decision-maker who would apply the law fairly and clearly based on the facts, not based on her own personal ideology.
In addition to her over two decades of service to the State of Wisconsin as a litigator and prosecutor with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Kloppenburg boasts an impressive resume, having graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, as well as graduating with honors from Yale. Kloppenburg has also obtained a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and during Law School, she was an intern for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and later was a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara Crabb of the United States District Court.
It seems clear to me JoAnne Kloppenburg has not only the knowledge, but also experience, expertise, and temperament to serve with distinction as a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, so she’s the right choice on primary day.