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Thursday, April 3, 2008

 10:28 AM 

Abrahamson to run for re-election

Shirley Abrahamson, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, said this morning she plans to run for reelection next year.

"I will run and will work hard," Abrahamson said emphatically in a meeting with the Channel 3 editorial board and WisPoltics.com.

"And I will mobilize the forces of good," she added with a wry smile.

Abrahamson, 74, was first appointed to the court in 1976. She was elected in 1979, 1989 and 1999. Her last campaign was the most expensive judicial race in Wisconsin history until the 2007 campaign.

Abrahamson said she was not put off by the negative overtones of the just concluded high court race between Justice Louis Butler Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman. Gableman, who was backed by business interests, won the election and is the first candidate to defeat a sitting justice in 41 years.

Abrahamson also said she is not concerned that the court will now tilt to the right.

"I expect every judge to call every case on the basis of the law, the facts as each sees it, free of any ideology or agenda," Abrahamson said.

Listen to the interview: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080403_Abrahamson_interview.mp3

-- By Brian Clark, WisBusiness.com Editor


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