I wanted to expand on Zach\'s post pointing out that Prosser’s home town paper reversed their endorsement of him.
For one because I wanted to use this title for a story on him and secondly, because the incompetence of Prosser can not be stressed enough! After the Appleton Post Crescent endorsed JoAnne Kloppenburg for WI Supreme Court(vote April 5th), The Wausau Daily Herald followed suit.
Lastly, we are troubled by Prosser’s decision last year to vote in favor of an ethics rule, written by the Wisconsin Realtors Association, which stated that justices need not recuse themselves from cases involving campaign donors, no matter how large the contribution. For the judiciary to have credibility with the public, there must be some sort of recusal standard in place — sometimes the appearance of a conflict of interest can be as damaging to the court as an actual conflict.
Maybe after seeing this \"love fest\" of praise from Michael Gableman. We learned that Prosser should have recused himself from the Gableman case. Also one of the reasons he was so crazed in attacking Justice Abrahamson, was because she was speaking bad of Prosser’s “Good friend” (an alleged rumor discussed below)Mike Gableman(Like my wife and I, many happy couples like to shop together at Whole Foods in Madison, WI).
Another thing that is lost in the whole David Prosser is a bitter partisan debate, is his support for convicted felon Scooter Jensen:
But here’s something else that might have been missed amid Wisconsin’s recent political ugliness. In 2006, Prosser said that while he was a legislative leader, staffers who worked under his direction did campaign work. He also acknowledged that in his interview with The P-C on March 18.
Here’s a member of the highest court in Wisconsin, whose judges are expected to possess unimpeachable integrity, admitting he condoned illegal activity as an elected official.
In a brief filed by the attorney of former state Rep. Scott Jensen, a Prosser protege who was charged with three felony counts of misconduct in office (in a December 2010 plea deal, Jensen pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor charge), Prosser said he basically did the same thing that caused Jensen to be charged.
In the brief, after outlining how his leadership role involved getting more Republicans elected to the Assembly, Prosser said:
“During my term as a legislator and as a speaker, there were caucus members and caucus directors who participated in activities including but not limited to the following: Campaign and political meetings in the Capitol office; assisting the speaker and the elected leadership by recruiting candidates; gathering voting lists and target lists; setting up, attending and staffing fundraisers; and assisting legislators in creating and implementing office plans.”
Prosser’s statement was presented in Jensen’s defense. He’s saying, as others said, that’s the way business is done in Madison. That’s what Jensen’s job was about, too.
It’s illegal. It was illegal when Prosser was in charge and it was illegal when Jensen was in charge.
In his statement, Prosser saw it differently. He said, “Every activity that could be characterized as a campaign activity can be conceivably construed to be an act that furthers the legislative process.”
So, campaigns and legislative work are so intertwined that it’s all part of the same process.
As a taxpayer, what do you think? Should your tax dollars, which were used to fund the caucuses until they were disbanded in the wake of a scandal, have gone toward campaigning?
Only someone who works — or worked — in the Capitol would think taxpayers would go for that.
Again, it was against the law. You’d think Prosser would acknowledge that, even if he didn’t agree. But he told The P-C that “it was a different era and public expectations were quite different.”
Prosser said that the law “had never been interpreted that way.”
So, what do we do? Let bygones be bygones?
Neither can I!