MADISON, Wis. — Dan Kelly continues to add to the chaos unraveling between the two GOP-backed candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court, this time by refusing to commit to endorsing Jennifer Dorow should Dorow make it through the February primary.
Kelly’s rationale? He can’t risk endorsing the next Brian Hagedorn—an otherwise stalwart right-wing justice who dared to vote against overturning the 2020 election at Trump’s behest.
But Dan Kelly has nothing to worry about: he and Jennifer Dorow have much in common.
Here are just a few ways Dan Kelly and Jennifer Dorow are cut from the same cloth:
- Dorow and Kelly both attended law school televangelist Pat Robertson’s Regent University, where Dorow was a member of the law review Kelly founded.
- Dorow and Kelly have both been endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life, an extreme anti-abortion special interest group that opposes abortion in nearly all circumstances—including in cases of rape or incest.
- Dorow and Kelly were both appointed to the bench by Scott Walker. While Dorow boasted in her application to Walker of her “strong conservative values”, Kelly went even further, equating affirmative action with slavery and offering gushing praise of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Obergefell, the Court’s landmark 2015 decision recognizing marriage equality for all Americans.
- Dorow and Kelly are both dedicated Republican activists, with Dorow active in the Waukesha County GOP and Kelly both a longtime surrogate and legal counsel for GOP political groups.
“Dan Kelly has nothing to worry about—Jennifer Dorow has much more in common with Kelly than Brian Hagedorn, and the difference between the three of them is slight to begin with,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Joe Oslund. “Kelly and Dorow are both active with the GOP, both attended the same conservative law school, and both have earned the endorsement of one of Wisconsin’s most extreme anti-abortion special interest groups. Our state needs a justice prepared to put the law, our constitution and the people of Wisconsin above politics and special interests, and that’s not Kelly or Dorow—or Hagedorn.”