John W. Eyster: Spring election right around the corner

 

One week from today, WE THE PEOPLE of WI vote in our Spring Election which has the VERY SIGNIFICANT election of a Justice to our WI Supreme Court for a 10-year term as well as our Presidential Preference vote.  YOU can vote TODAY if you wish.  Early in person absentee voting continues through this coming Friday, the 1st day of April.  No foolin!  I voted last week.  Be sure to be informed and VOTE!

I am very proud of the fact that JENNI DYE, daughter of Coach Joe Dye, alumna of WASHINGTON SEMINAR and graduate of Parker High School, Janesville, has been a key researcher reporting VERY SIGNIFICANT information which continues to be published about the candidates for our WI Supreme Court so that WE THE PEOPLE of WI, who are preparing to vote for a person to serve a 10-year term – yes, it is a 10-year term! – on OUR WI SUPREME COURT, have the crucial information we deserve to have before we cast our INFORMED votes on Tuesday, April 5 or before with early absentee voting.

Jenni Dye is currently the research director for One Wisconsin Now and represents District #33 on the Dane County Board.  She is seeking re-election to the Dane County Board next Tuesday.  Jenni graduated from Parker HS, Janesville in 1999.  She earned a degree in political science at UW-Madison and then UW-Madison Law School.  She is a member of the WI State Bar and practiced law before moving into politics.  Jenni was an Intern with State Senator Judy Robson during her college career.

Associated Press quoted Jenni Dye in its report, “Supreme Court justice Bradley apologizes for opinion pieces” which was published online by Gazettextra, citing her response to Bradley's apology for her “hate speech” writings, “Bradley can't be trusted to be an unbiased member of the Supreme Court given the number of cases that could come before it dealing with gay rights in housing, health care, family and employer law.”  Jenni Dye had done the research for the One Wisconsin Now press release issued on March 7 which was the break through revelation on Bradley's hateful and venomous attacks on gay people and people living with HIV in her writings.

Another dimension of this situation is that Governor Walker has admitted that he was not aware of Bradley's writings when he first appointed her to be a judge on the circuit court in Milwaukee.  Subsequently he appointed her to the state appeals court and then last October appointed her to our WI Supreme Court.

I understand the responses to Bradley's “hate speech” writings with assertions that those were the statements of a college student at Marquette University and that Bradley has changed her “worldview.”  At this point, I am very glad for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Editorial yesterday, “What does Rebecca Bradley think now about gays?”

The Editorial asks the key question, “What does she think now?”

The Editorial incisively asserts, “Given the bile and hatred that filled her commentary 24 years ago, she owes voters today an explanation of how her views have changed. What does she believe today about AIDS patients? How does she characterize gays? Does she still believe that homosexual sex kills? What are her views on gay rights and gay marriage, which essentially has been sanctioned by the highest court in the land? Did she support the 2006 state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage?”

The Editorial asks the KEY question, “What exactly is Bradley's 'worldview' these days?”

I share with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial's the evaluation, “Bradley has not sufficiently spelled it out. The Journal Sentinel reported that she declined an interview request on the issue and has declined to say whether she agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year finding a constitutional right for gays to marry.

“Bradley also has declined to say how she voted on the constitutional amendment, which later was thrown out by federal court rulings.”

As the Editorial observes, “There are a few signs her views have changed: She said that she has presided over adoptions by gay couples, attended a 2013 fundraiser of two gay-rights groups and donated to a camp for children with HIV/AIDS. She said she has become far more 'empathetic' over the years thanks to her own life experiences. Her campaign said she that while she has never performed a gay marriage, she would if asked.”

Continuing work by Jenni Dye has provided more sunshine on Bradley's attitudes and behaviors which have been reported in numerous One Wisconsin Now Press Releases.  If you would like to check the releases yourself, the general posting of all the Press Releases will be found on the One Wisconsin Now website.

I encourage you to make it a point to read the following press releases:

“Rebecca Bradley:  'Do As I Say, Not As I Do': Bradley Displays Stunning Levels of Hypocrisy, Lack of Ethics” released March 10.

“Six Questions Rebecca Bradley Must Answer:  Continued Refusal to Account For Her Writings and Actions Undermines Trust in Ability to do Her Job” released March 15.

“Rebecca Bradley Using Homophobe Rebecca Kleefisch Shows Her Apology for Homophobia Hollow” released March 23.

“Rebecca Bradley Headed to Homophobic Presidential Candidate Cruz Endorsement Event” released March 23.

The VERY HOPEFUL NEWS to me is that WE THE PEOPLE of WI who vote in the WI Supreme Court election on Tuesday, April 5 along with our Presidential Preference Primary.  The Editorial pointed out that voters will be going to the polls in about four weeks to decide whether she or JoAnne Kloppenburg will win a seat on the state Supreme Court. They deserve to know the answers to those questions.  Now that countdown is 1-week.

I agree with the Editorial's assertion, “In her statement, Bradley said her writings “have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state.” She's wrong. Of course they do. Her beliefs 24 years ago were part of the person she was then, and that person is still part of her DNA.

“That's not to say her views are the same now as they were in college. Most people think different in their maturity than they do as immature young adults. Worldviews do change. But sometimes they don't.

“We don't expect Bradley has become a champion for gay rights. But we do think the voting public deserves to know how her views have evolved and exactly what she believes now.”

I think it is high time for Rebecca Bradley to tell WE THE PEOPLE of WI what she really believes TODAY on the eve of our WI Supreme Court election!  What do YOU think?  I look forward to reading YOUR comments.

BE SURE CAST AN INFORMED BALLOT either now with an early absentee ballot or next Tuesday, April 5.

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