JoAnne Kloppenburg had the audacity to declare victory in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race, acting as if she had defeated Justice David Prosser by a wide margin.
It was a classless, sleazy move.
It was pure POLITICAL posturing by the supposedly apolitical Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg certainly didn't display the sort of gravitas I would expect from a Supreme Court justice. She didn't even display the grace of a junior high school student in a tight race for class president.
Although Kevin Kennedy of Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board made it very clear the results were not official and the numbers would change, Kloppenburg claimed herself to be victorious.
Here's her statement:
“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”
Given the status of the race and the incredible, truly hard to believe vote count, I found Kloppenburg's statement both stunning and disgusting.
She comes off as delusional.
Doesn't she realize what's going on? According to the Associated Press, only 204 votes separate her and Justice Prosser. The results aren't certified, but she says, "Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust."
She sounds like a nut.
Kloppenburg's news conference proved to solidify that assessment.
Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg said her apparent victory over Justice David Prosser was the result of voters’ dissatisfaction with partisanship on the state’s high court, and not a referendum on the policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Kloppenburg said she was “ecstatic” with her victory, and said she believes it will hold up after all of the votes are certified by local boards of canvassers – or, after a possible challenge by Prosser.
She declared victory earlier in the afternoon after Associated Press results showed that she had a narrow lead over Prosser.
Kloppenburg said it was premature to comment on whether she would challenge the results if they show that she lost to Prosser. She declined to comment on whether she had hired outside experts to aid her in the event of a recount.
She's conducting herself like a political hack, not a possible Supreme Court justice. Her demeanor and her comments are out of line.
What a disgrace!
Who is advising Kloppenburg? Who suggested that she take such an improper stance? Was this her decision?
For Kloppenburg to say she's "'ecstatic' with her victory" is loony and shows remarkably bad judgment.
She does not have the evidence to declare victory at this point. She personified imprudence during her news conference.
To be blunt, Kloppenburg's judgment sucks. I mean it really sucks.
Here's video, from FOX 6: