Neubauer: Why I lost supreme court election

Lisa Neubauer is seeking a third term on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

“A new low in our state” is how Judge Lisa Neubauer described an 11th-hour effort to defeat her in her bid for Wisconsin State Supreme Court justice last spring.

Judge Brian Hagedorn beat Neubauer by 6,000 votes in their efforts to replace retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Neubauer was in Green Lake last week Saturday at a meeting of Dems & Friends of Green Lake County. As chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals up for re-election for a third six-year term in April 2020, Neubauer attended the meeting at the Caestecker Public Library to appeal for votes.

Neubauer has served on the Court of Appeals since 2007 and as chief judge since 2015. She began her 12-minute talk by discussing her most recent campaign.

“Well, in the last week, the polls were showing me up by eight points,” she said. “And the group that came in in the last 10 days actually put out a memo explaining what they did. And they spend $1.3 million running, I think, unprecedented partisan attacks in our judicial races in this state.

“So they affiliated my opponent with President Trump. They literally made me look like the devil. They said I was for open borders, which of course our state courts have absolutely nothing to do with. It was really unprecedented. And it’s partisanship. And frankly, it’s deceit and it’s lies. It was a new low for our state.”

Neubauer said she will continue to advocate for independent, nonpartisan courts in Wisconsin.

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