Justice Louis Butler is the most vulnerable member of the state Supreme Court.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.
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.
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.