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Monday, April 18, 2011

 1:26 PM 

Prosser gives victory speech, supporters say recount unnecessary

Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and his campaign personnel say a recount from his opponent JoAnne Kloppenburg would be "frivolous" and a waste of taxpayer money.

Prosser formally declared victory today in a press conference in the Assembly parlor of the State Capitol. He called the election "uncomfortably close" but said now that canvasses in all 72 counties are complete "the result of the election is not in doubt."

Brian Schimming, a former aide to Prosser and top GOP state official who will head up the recount effort should one requested by Kloppenburg, said the final vote margin of 7,316 in favor of the incumbent is well beyond the number of votes that have historically changed hands in a recount.

"It's not close enough. It's just not there," Schimming said. "It's too big a number."

Kloppenburg has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to ask for a recount. The margin of victory is less than the spread required under state law for Kloppenburg to request a recount without having to pay for it.

Schimming said a statewide recount would be expensive for taxpayers, saying it could run into "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

A fundraising arm has been created on Prosser's behalf -- the Prosser Recount Victory Fund -- should Kloppenburg choose to seek a recount. Schimming said he's already heard from more than 500 people ready to volunteer for the effort statewide.

Attorney Jim Troupis, who has been advising Prosser, said he would vigorously challenge a recount.

"We will take any and every step to prevent this frivolous matter going forward," Troupis said.

In his speech, Prosser thanked his campaign and supporters and said he continues to support the election of justices.

"Wisconsinites should not surrender this important right because of periodic frustrations about the messiness of democracy," he said. "Instead, we should all work to elevate the substance and etiquette of judicial campaigns."

Prosser said "powerful forces, not always clearly identified" tried to turn the election into a referendum of Gov. Scott Walker and his policies.

"Fortunately, Wisconsin voters rejected this effort," he said. "They ultimately understood that this election was about filling a 10-year term on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and that candidates for the office should not commit themselves, directly or indirectly, on cases that have not yet come before the court."

Prosser called an ad from the Greater Wisconsin Committee that questioned his handling of a priest sex abuse case when he was Outagamie County district attorney "grossly unfair and misleading." He said voters rejected the "scurrilous" advertising and the negative reaction to that ad helped ensure his re-election.

"The people of Wisconsin are too smart and far too decent to base their votes on personal smears," he said.

UPDATE: 3:13 p.m. -- Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken said the assistant AG was still weighing her options.

"We haven’t made a decision on whether to request a recount and are carefully weighing the options," Mulliken said. "State law clearly contemplates a recount if the margin in an election is within .5 percent and this race falls within that.

-- By Greg Bump

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