The candidates in the race for state Supreme Court are being called “bystanders” in their own election.
Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says four special interest groups have greatly outspent the candidates, incumbent Louis Butler and challenger Michael Gableman. McCabe says that's disturbing, because elections should never be simply special interest monologues.
McCabe says the candidates should be an integral part in the election process. However, he says we've reached a point with the level of special interest spending that the candidates barely matter anymore.
McCabe also notes the campaign ads being run by outside groups are all about fighting crime. He says it's more like the state is electing a sheriff, rather than a Supreme Court Justice.
The election for the state's high court is April 1.