Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bucher for Supreme Court?

Slogan: 'Not one day as a judge'

Dan Bice in the Journal Sentinel:
Justice Louis Butler is the most vulnerable member of the state Supreme Court.

But Republicans and business interests have yet to come up with anyone to take him on in the spring election. Butler, an appointee of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, was trounced in his only statewide race.

Here's the latest name to surface as a possible Butler foe: former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher.

Bucher didn't return calls Friday, but he has told others that he is weighing a bid for the high court.

The Republican prosecutor's strength is that he has some name ID around Wisconsin, having run for attorney general last year. But he is gruff, lacks personal wealth and, like Butler, was beaten badly in his only statewide race.

"Of course, we'd love to have him run," said a Butler supporter.
Perhaps Bucher has forgotten the Supreme Court race of last April, less than four months ago, when the mantra of the conservative candidate, Annette Ziegler, and her supporters was that her opponent, Linda Clifford, had "not one day as a judge," as one Ziegler TV spot said. "Linda Clifford. Not a Judge, never taken a criminal off the streets," said another.

Bucher's experience? A former DA, he can talk tough on crime. But he has "not one day as a judge."

No wonder Butler's campaign is licking its chops at the prospect of a Bucher candidacy.

UPDATE: Legal Newsline takes note.


  1. Ohh that's rich! That is rich! Nice work.

  2. Would Butler be allowed to use Jessica in his commercials? I can see the catch phrase-"Would you elect a man with such questionable decision-making skills, that he married this?"

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  4. Even Whallah! has some limits on comments which cross the line on personal attacks. The deleted comment about McBride and Bucher fell into that category.

  5. I read the comment before it was deleted and heartily agree. Truth be told, I think the second anonymous comment is in poor taste, too.

  6. Looking at Bucher's judgment when it comes to his extramarital relationship with McBride is entirely valid. Also, since McBride played a role in his disastrous campaign (her university blog and his campaign blog curiously had the same template and were updated at similar times, an apparent violation of state laws against politicking on public time), the subject is definitely fair game. The two aspire to power and significance and, with all else failing around them, are necessarily locked in a death grip. Speaking of poor taste.