Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, who is facing a highly contentious re-election fight in Wisconsin, appeared Monday night on Fox News, for an interview with Wisconsin native Greta Van Susteren. The vote is taking place today.
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As TPM has noted, a state Supreme Court election would not normally be national news. But in the wake of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation curtailing public employee unions, and the political protests that gripped the state and attracted national attention, the court race has quickly turned into a proxy political battle. Conservatives are supporting Prosser, and liberals backing Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. The polls close at 8 p.m. CT tonight.
Van Susteren asked Prosser about a negative campaign ad from a liberal group, the Greater Wisconsin Committee, attacking Prosser's handling of a priest sex abuse case in the late 1970s, when he was a district attorney, in which the priest was not prosecuted. The priest was transferred to another community, and later convicted in 2004 on these original charges. One of the victims has strongly criticized the attack ad against Prosser, not wanting his case to be used in the state's current political battles.