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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Bradley congratulates Kloppenburg during victory speech

WAUWATOSA -- Justice Rebecca Bradley congratulated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg on a hard-fought campaign and said she was always “very gracious” to her on the campaign trail.

To those who voted for Kloppenburg, Bradley said, “I am your justice, too.”

“Everything I said on the campaign trail I meant sincerely,” she said. “I will always follow the law regardless how I feel about it or the outcome of the case.”

Bradley spent much of her speech thanking her campaign team, family, volunteers and other supporters for their help in getting her elected to her first full term.

She also thanked Justices David Prosser, Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman, all who were in attendance, retired Justice Jon Wilcox, Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed her to the court, and AG Brad Schimel, who she said gave her advice on the campaign trail.

Bradley thanked law enforcement and firefighters for their sacrifices to make communities safe and said law enforcement has recently been “subjected to some awful and unfair attacks.”

Bradley told reporters afterward she was “incredibly personally and professionally disappointed” at the negative attacks during the campaign that affected her, her family and others in her life.

Bradley had been subject to attacks in the campaign over ant-gay writings while she was in college, writings that opponents said equated birth control to murder, and allegations of an affair.

“It’s a horrible thing to go through as a public figure, but my family never asked to be attacked, or my friends or people from my past the way they were attacked, as well,” Bradley said.

Bradley said she hopes the results send a message that those types of attacks do not work in Wisconsin.

Bradley said that enduring the attacks has shown her she is stronger than she thought she was and that a lot of people can relate to how she changed over time.

“A lot of people could relate to me because a lot of people have said and done things 25 years ago when they were in college or in their youth that they are not proud of,” she said. “I know that I learned and grew as a person and have become a better person for that."

Bradley stressed her campaign pledge to be an independent voice on the court and to follow the law regardless of her personal opinions.

“Unfortunately my race was really politicized, so some people think that I bring a political agenda to the court,” she said. “I think they will see as my opinions and dissents are released just how independent I am.”

-- By David Wise


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