A PAC linked to Illinois megadonor Dick Uihlein announced it’s prepared to spend “millions of dollars to help educate voters in support of Justice Dan Kelly” as the conservative seeks to rejoin the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The statement from Fair Courts America yesterday was the latest show of support for Kelly as Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow considers joining him as a conservative in the race.

“He is a consistent conservative with impeccable judgment and superior intellect. In these turbulent times, we cannot take a chance on untested, unproven alternatives,” said Fair Courts America spokesperson Dan Curry.

Besides Kelly, two left-of-center candidates have formally announced campaigns for the state Supreme Court: Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz.

The spring election for the seat being vacated by longtime Justice Pat Roggensack will decide philosophical control of the now conservative-leaning court.

Dorow yesterday sentenced Darrell Brooks to six consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for killing six people during last year’s Waukesha Christmas parade. She attracted national attention for her handling of Brooks’ trial and has been weighing a bid for the Supreme Court.

Kelly has released a series of endorsements this week. Each has praised him for his experience and as someone who has been tested.

Curry said today’s statement “speaks for itself” when asked if the group would back another conservative candidate if one emerged from the February primary other than Kelly considering what’s at stake in April.

Fair Courts America is linked to Restoration PAC, a group largely funded by Uihlein. The Fair Courts America October filing showed Restoration PAC had transferred $647,000 to the group this year as it’s weighed in on court races around the country.

The group was active in this spring’s 2nd District Court of Appeals race, spending $250,000 supporting Maria Lazar as she beat Lori Kornblum. Kornblum had been appointed by Dem Gov. Tony Evers to a vacancy on the court.

See the statement:
https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/fair-courts-america-statement-on-upcoming-wisconsin-supreme-court-race

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