Dallet’s Moderate Positioning in Supreme Court Race Falls Flat

The primary for an open Wisconsin Supreme court race is shaping up to be the Goldilocks race, with Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet positioning herself to be “just right” between conservative Judge Michael Screnock and unabashedly liberal candidate Tim Burns. However, as Burns moves farther left, Dallet is seemingly following suit, or exposing her true ideology, judging by the people with whom she surrounds herself and other metrics.

Judicial candidates traditionally resist speaking on ideological issues, in the event they may later have to recuse themselves from ruling on an issue. Attorney Tim Burns has tossed out that convention entirely. Burns has made himself the clear liberal candidate, as he has criticized Governor Walker’s past policies such as Act 10, and claimed that “a non-partisan judiciary is a fairy tale, and it always has been,” during a radio interview with WORT 89.9 FM. Taking it even further, the Journal Sentinel reported that Burns has said that if elected, he would be:

“an unshakable champion of liberal, Democratic, and progressive values.” Burns has unabashedly vowed to grant new rights to previously unforeseen victims, saying “if expanding rights is ‘legislating from the bench,’ count me in.”

While Burns makes no attempt to conceal his liberal views, Judge Rebecca Dallet seems to be trying to position herself as middle ground between Burns and Screnock, as Capitol reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal Molly Beck quoted Dallet in a Tweet:

However, Dallet seems to be shifting closer to Burns as the primary draws nearer. In the same radio interview, she expressed her negative opinions on Act 10 and the John Doe investigations:

“Act 10, I think the court got it wrong.”
“The John Doe case… that case involved the coordination of special interest dark money with politics, and the court did not even let the investigation go forward.”
Dallet also recently launched an ad that criticized President Trump, a clearly partisan motivated move. The Journal Sentinel reported that this ad is currently running in Milwaukee and Madison, areas where Burns full blown judicial activist strategy likely plays well.

Much like Dallet, her spokesperson Sachin Chheda has much to say about the Republican party. That includes taking shots at state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, calling her “pure evil:”

Chheda’s Twitter feed matches much of the far liberal views Burns has been presenting, belying Dallet’s moderate posturing. Also labeled as having “no character and no honor,” Chheda criticized Sen. Ron Johnson in another tweet:

While Dallet is trying to present herself as the sensible centrist alternative, one look at her recent statements and at the people behind her campaign indicates she is more closely aligned with Burns than she would want it to appear.

The primary for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election will be taking place February 20th.