Mar
07
2012

Judge David Flanagan linked to Scott Walker recall. Twice.

Quick background, as to why you should care: Judge Flanagan has placed a temporary (although you can count on the Democrats wanting to put that adjective in scare quotes, and right quickly) restraining order on last year’s Wisconsin voter reform law mandating that voters show picture ID.  There are a few “this just happens” involved, here:

  • This just happens to prevent Voter ID from being implemented in Wisconsin’s open Presidential primary in April 3rd.  Normally that wouldn’t be all that big a deal, except that this year the Democrats are openly calling for disrupting the Republican nomination process.
  • This just happens to be a judge who last year signed a recall petition against Governor Scott Walker.  And Flanagan neglected to admit to this event, prior to making his decision.
  • And this just happens to be a judge who has former Kathleen Falk (and current Wisconsin Education Association Council) adviser Melissa Mulliken as his campaign manager.  This is important because Falk is of course running against Scott Walker in the recall election – and WEAC has preemptively endorsed Falk.  Also, Mulliken has been prominent in the anti-Walker crusade.

None of this is illegal, of course.  Shenanigans on this level usually are.  And even a judge may sign a petition.  But Flanagan is far too entangled in this situation for comfort; he should have recused himself, or at least preemptively acted to remove any questions about his impartiality.  The fact that the judge instead kept quiet about them until the media started bringing it up is itself a lapse of judgement – and that s a particularly damning thing to say about a judge…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: And, for the record: the Left is not actually allowed to pick and choose who gets the benefit of the doubt, and who does not.  If they cannot live under their own set of rules, then they should abandon that ruleset and replace it with a viable one.  And if they do not like hearing that… good.

9 Comments

  • OU812 says:

    Moe – Do you think Scott Walker can overcome all this and win the recall? Sure seems like the Left is doing whatever it takes to make him lose. ugh!

  • OU812 says:

    BTW, I see you like most of the same type of music I do. Based on my screen name, why in the world have you not put up any YouTubes from the band that created that album? Very disappointed! But love your always-spot-on analyses!

  • OU812 says:

    But do you think Scott Walker can win re-election, in spite of all this nonsense? In your opinion.

    And Van Halen is one of the best!

  • Catseye says:

    OU812 when 50% of the Democrats poled don’t think Walker should be recalled there is a problem. This has always struck me as a futile gesture aimed at salving the unions wounded pride. It looks more and more like an EXPENSIVE gesture going into an election year when every cent the D’s can raise is going to be important.

  • OU812 says:

    Catseye – where did you read that 50% of Dems polled don’t think he should be recalled?

    I know a Rasmussen polled showed 54% don’t want him recalled and 52% approve of him, but aren’t they always skewed to the right? Just wondering.

  • Catseye says:

    Rasmussen skews to likely voters. There was also a poll by a local paper backing the recall that got a clear 50% opposed to the recall from the papers readership. Most of the other data I’ve seen backs this up. There was even a write in effort to choose Walker to run against Walker which would have canceled the recall, sadly it failed. Didn’t come across the stats on the effort, so I don’t know how well or poorly it went.

  • OU812 says:

    Catseye – if you don’t mind, can you please send me the links you are referring to (“most of the other data I’ve seen backs this up”). Thanks!

  • Catseye says:

    Ou812 check out Ann Althouses’ back stories follow Moe’s link to Instapundit. He has a link to Althouse in the second “Pure Bloggers” section on the right hand margin like Moes. She is in Madison, Wisconsin go thru some of her old posts. As for some of the other stuff it’s been so long I don’t even remember where I got some of the info, like the rumor that the Wisconsin Teachers union has lost more then 30% of it’s membership. I’m not a Blogger so I only save links a short time.

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