Hypocrisy has a name and it is Prosser:
Supreme Court Justice David Prosser warned Monday his defeat next week would “destroy judicial independence” in Wisconsin if the millions of dollars being spent to help his opponent are allowed to discredit him and tarnish his reputation.
He also suggested Monday that she (Kloppenburg) was so closely aligned with those groups at this point that she would have to step off cases involving their interests, comparing the situation to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that required a West Virginia justice to step off a case involving a donor who had given some $3 million to his campaign. He said millions were being spent against him to elect Kloppenburg in the hopes she would stop the governor or stop his collective bargaining bill.
...Under the rules adopted by the Wisconsin justices in October, though, no amount of campaign spending – whether in the form of direct contributions or independent expenditures – could be the lone basis for a judge’s recusal.
The Supreme Court of Wisconsin voted to adopt the misguided rules in October by a razor-thin 4-3 vote. The court’s two newest members – Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman, who formed half of the four-justice majority in favor of the rules – are the recent beneficiaries of exorbitant campaign spending by the very group that wrote one of the petitions adopted by the court, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC).
Indeed, in Wisconsin, Republicans now face a state Supreme Court election in less than two weeks as well as eight legislative recall elections this spring and summer. Defeat would turn over control of both entities to government union supporters. As it stands now, Republicans could not only lose, but lose badly. And if they lose, the political repercussions for other states (like Ohio) that are also taking on government unions are enormous.
As the dust settles in Madison, Wisconsin Republicans face a troubling coda: Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill is being tripped up in the courts. Union heavies smell blood. And the unruly parade of lefty activists and hulking Teamsters that occupied the state capitol for weeks is back for a bruising final round.