Newly elected Supreme Court justice once said “homosexuals and drug addicts who do essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior deservedly receive none of my sympathy”
Wisconsin voters have officially elected Rebecca Bradley – the bigoted anti-LGBT conservative who has made repeatedly discriminatory remarks towards gay, lesbian, transgender, and gender fluid persons – to a full term on the state Supreme Court Tuesday, a significant victory for Scott Walker, mid-western conservatives, and, frankly, homophobic people everywhere.
Bradley defeated state Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who was backed by democrats and progressives throughout the state. She will now have a full 10-year term on the state Supreme Court and be part of the conservative majority on a seven-member court known for its lack of independence from Walker’s administration.
Originally unearthed by Wisconsin Now, Bradley wrote a series of controversial and bigoted articles while a student at Marquette University in the early 1990s. Having the full support of the conservative movement behind her and earning a plum appointment from Governor Walker in October, Bradley issued a halfhearted apology for these columns after they were revealed, saying they were old and have “nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state.”
Bradley, apparently unaware of her own rhetoric or possibly the actual definition of the term itself, called Wisconsin Now’s release of her old columns part of a “blatant mudslinging campaign to distract the people from the issues at hand.”
For their part, both Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in the state made a point to condemn Bradley’s rhetoric in support of Kloppenberg.
“There is no place on any Supreme Court or any court in this country, no place at all for Rebecca Bradley’s decades-long track record of dangerous rhetoric against women, survivors of sexual assault and the LGBT community,” Hillary Clinton said during a speech in Milwaukee Saturday night.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin, that he was hoping for a large turnout, which “will help elect JoAnne Kloppenburg to the Supreme Court.”
As noted by the Brennan Center for Justice, along with Walker’s support the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform spent nearly five times in ads supporting Bradley than Kloppenburg spent on her campaign.