Brian Hagedorn’s latest TV ad warns liberal special interests are backing rival Lisa Neubauer because as they try to “take over our Supreme Court.”
Hagedorn’s campaign declined to provide details on the new ad, the second it has released. The campaign would only say it is an expansion of the first buy, which ran in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, and the Eau Claire/La Crosse markets.
The narrator says Neubauer’s “Washington allies” want to turn the state Supreme Court “into their political playground.” The ad shows pictures of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — who is campaigning for Neubauer — and Hillary Clinton — who Neubauer gave a $500 donation in 2005 while she was still in private practice.
The narrator closes the ad saying there’s a better choice in Hagedorn, who will “keep politics out of the courtroom and uphold our Constitution.”
During a stop in Madison on Thursday, Holder urged UW-Madison students to turn out for Neubauer in the April 2 election and knocked Hagedorn for his “really bizarre views.” He told the crowd to make efforts to avoid waking up and feeling the way they did after President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, questioning what they could have done.
“If we get this wrong, that guy will be on the court for God only knows how many years and will be deciding cases in a way that’s wrong,” Holder said.
So far, Neubauer has seen more support from outside groups in the race.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign late last week tallied $401,040 in spending by groups supporting Neubauer, who’s backed by Dems. Since then, the liberal Center for Popular Democracy Action has added another $12,077 in spending, according to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission.
Americans for Prosperity is the only group so far to register any spending on independent expenditures backing Hagedorn, who’s supported by conservatives.
The group’s latest report, filed Thursday, has its spending up to $54,624 on canvassing, mailers, postage and staff salaries.