Groups to Walker: Please Don’t Appoint Declared Candidate to Court

With Gov. Scott Walker seeking applicants for a vacant judgeship on the state Supreme Court, four groups are urging him not to appoint one of three declared candidates running in next year’s election.

Naming one of the candidates now would would “exacerbate the shrill partisan and mean-spirited tone for the upcoming election,” the groups said in a letter, according to the Associated Press. They are Common Cause in Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Wisconsin Voices.

The vacancy resulted from the recent death of Justice N. Patrick Crooks, who was not planning to run for a new term next year. Walker announced on Monday his interest in hearing from applicants for the post, with a deadline of Friday for applications, according to a separate AP article.