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 December 2, 2023

Former Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel announces run for state's Supreme Court

State Supreme Courts often don't receive the attention they deserve, but in some cases, especially ahead of a major election, they can be a crucial factor in the outcome of the vote. 

According to the Washington Examiner, as of now, Democrats control the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but a Republican candidate is looking to change that.

Former Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced his candidacy for a seat on the state's high court, sending a strong signal to others lurking at the possibility to remain on the sidelines.

The announcement came early, as the state will not elect their justices until 2025. However, it provides Schimel a chance to fundraise and build out his campaign.

Schimel's target? Justice Ann Bradley. The liberal justice has already announced her intention to keep her seat, setting up a massive battle that could have huge implications for future rulings in the state, especially election-related rulings.

Schimel made clear during his campaign announcement why he feels he needs to step up and help the Republican Party regain control of the state's high court.

"There is no check on this new liberal Supreme Court majority," Schimel, a current Waukesha County Circuit judge, said during his announcement.

He added, "They have the final say in interpreting the Wisconsin Constitution and Wisconsin laws. The only check on them is to take back the majority by winning in 2025."

The Examiner noted:

Schimel made his announcement at the Weldall Manufacturing facility in Waukesha against the backdrop of a large American flag that hung from a 100-ton crane above the podium. The 58-year-old started the evening by playing Michael Jackson and Santana covers with his band before turning to politics.

Multiple white-hot issues will likely be affected if he wins the seat, especially rulings on abortion and redistricting congressional maps.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Walker doesn't believe Schimel, who's held several prosecutorial positions in the state, deserves to be on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

"Wisconsinites rejected Brad Schimel after a single term as attorney general because his extreme politics and inept mismanagement became too great to ignore, with thousands of rape kits left untested at the State Crime Lab and millions of dollars wasted on partisan efforts to suppress voting rights and push new restrictions on abortion access," Walker said.

Just like previous Supreme Court elections in Wisconsin, Schimel's race against Bradley could set a record as far as money spent on the election. But with so much on the line, he'll likely receive all the support he needs to make it happen.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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