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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 10:34 PM 

Bradley: Victory a blow to special interest groups

With a crowd of supporters in front of her and the Capitol shining behind, Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley described her victory tonight as a blow to special interest groups.

“Tonight we did send a message. We sent a message loud and clear throughout our state,” Bradley told a crowd of about 200 people on the eighth floor of the Inn on the Park on Madison’s Capitol Square. “We want our judicial campaigns and courtrooms to be free of partisan politics in our state.”

It was the culmination of a campaign-long theme for Bradley, who over and over accused her challenger, Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley, of funneling partisan politics into a nonpartisan race. Daley, conversely, regularly characterized Bradley as an activist judge who used her seat on the bench to try to thwart those laws with which she didn’t agree.

The two traded jabs throughout their campaigns. And Bradley’s husband, Mark, while introducing her, relayed the story of a supporter who said it seemed as if someone gave Daley words to say, but he didn’t own them.

“You can say a lot of things about Ann Walsh Bradley, but one thing you could never say is that she doesn’t own her words,” he husband said to loud cheers.

Bradley, in her victory speech punctuated by cheering and applause, thanked her supporters, her family and Daley, who reportedly called to concede just a few moments before she began her speech around 9:40 p.m.

“We disagreed many times during this campaign,” she said, “but it takes a great deal to put your name on the ballot.”

The re-election gives Bradley a third 10-year term on the Supreme Court, and the stress-free tone from those at the Top of the Park observatory reflected the comfortable lead she held for most of the night. More people spent time watching lightning flash through the wall-to-wall windows or relaxing at the bar than they did watching the election ticker on a television in the room.

Despite the relative ease with which she won, Bradley said she knew at the start of the campaign that she would face partisan attacks in her fight against “out-of-state special interest groups.” She said she did not care.

“There are those who seek to turn our courtrooms into ideological battlegrounds,” she said.

References to her family and growing up in Wisconsin were regular parts of Bradley’s campaign. And she closed with the story of the bar, called the Old Swamp Inn, her father owned just outside of Richland County, which she said remained dry shortly after Prohibition ended, when she was young.

“I can say here tonight,” Bradley said, “it has been a long way from the Old Swamp Inn to the Inn on the Park.”

-- By Chris Thompson


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