Democrats launch '$4 million counteroffensive' against GOP push to oust Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
After enjoying a double-digit victory over far-right MAGA Republican Dan Kelly in a special election back in April, liberal Janet Protasiewicz is now a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
Protasiewicz' presence is a definite game-changer, as Wisconsin's highest judicial body now has a 4-3 liberal majority. But some Wisconsin Republicans are hoping to change that by impeaching her.
The New York Times' Reid J. Epstein, in a report published on September 6, explains, "The drama over Republican threats to impeach and possibly remove Justice Protasiewicz could raise new questions about democracy and the legitimacy of elections in a state where GOP lawmakers and their allies spent two years disputing the 2020 presidential contest's outcome."
Wisconsin Republicans, Epstein notes, view the Court's new liberal majority as an "existential danger" and are worried about the justices possibly "throwing out Republican-drawn state legislative maps and legalizing abortion in Wisconsin."
"If the Court, as expected, invalidates Wisconsin's legislative maps, it would strip Republicans of what now amounts to permanent majorities in the (state) legislature," Epstein explains. "But removing a newly elected justice could prompt a backlash in 2024 from Democrats and moderate Republican voters who abandoned the GOP during the Trump years."
Epstein adds, "After weeks of watching Republicans openly ponder impeachment, Democrats on Wednesday, (September 6) will begin a $4 million counteroffensive over three weeks that is intended to inflict maximum political pain on legislators who vote to block Justice Protasiewicz from serving."
The New York Times' full report is available at this link (subscription required).
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