Leftwing Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg would bring her liberal bias to the Wisconsin Supreme Court despite her claims to the contrary. Both of the candidates running for the the seat on the top bench have expressed at some point in their campaign that they would be a non-partisan justice.
“Every candidate makes that promise,” said Kloppenburg. “The question is what candidate is most likely to deliver on that promise: where the candidates got where they are now, what their background is and what they have showed in the course of their career and their campaign.”
“I’m running for the same reasons when I narrowly lost to an entrenched incumbent,” Kloppenburg said. “The same concerns that people were expressing then and now, very concerned that partisan politics and special interests are threatening independence and integrity. And I’m unwilling to surrender our court to special interests.”
But Kloppenburg’s statements to USA Today about being non-partisan don’t correspond with other clearly partisan comments she has made.
In a statement to the Associated Press in February, Kloppenburg says she agrees with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who said President Obama should “get on with it” and fulfill his constitutional duty to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that is highly controversial in an election year.
Kloppenburg also clerked for federal Judge Barbara Crabb, the judge who struck down Wisconsin’s marriage amendment in 2015, and in 2010 said the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.
On her website, Kloppenburg proudly states she is aligned philosophically with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On June 25, 2015 Justice Sonya Sotomayor was one of the six justices to uphold a critical component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act—otherwise referred to as Obamacare—in King v. Burwell. The landmark decision allowed the federal government to continue supplying subsidies to Americans who purchase health care through “exchanges,” irrespective of whether they are state or federally operated exchanges. Sotomayor is credited with having been instrumental in the ruling, having torn apart arguments presented against the law. The law, as passed by Congress, only provided for subsidies if exchanges were state run.
Kloppenburg clearly does not intend to keep her liberal bias from influencing her opinions should she win the election.