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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Ads heating up in Dane County judicial race

Dane County Circuit Court challenger Rhonda Lanford has a new TV ad that knocks Judge Rebecca St. John as “chosen by Scott Walker.”

St. John has a spot of her own in which she raises questions about Lanford’s “temperament” for the bench.”

Lanford’s spot opens with the narrator saying St. John was chosen by Walker and believes “the Legislature should limit the power of our courts, opening the door to special interests in our courtroom.”

The spot then features state Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, praising Lanford’s “strong progressive values” and promising she’ll stand up to special interests.
Pocan closes the spot saying, “She shares my values and the values of Dane County.”

St. John’s ad, one of four she’s released, features her looking directly into the camera and saying being a judge “requires fairness, integrity and a passion for the truth.

“But my opponent in this race has waged a campaign that raises questions about her temperament for the bench.”

She goes on to add she’s spent her career advocating for women and children, is backed by more than 30 of her judicial colleagues, and has been endorsed by Sheriff Dave Mahoney and Mayor Paul Soglin.

Her other spots feature backers such as Mahoney, Soglin, Appeals Court Judge Brian Blanchard, former AG Peg Lautenschlager and former Judge Sarah O’Brien, to whose seat Walker appointed St. John.

See the spots in AdWatch.

-- By JR Ross


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