April 1, 2011- Less than a week before Tuesday's election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, former Democratic Gov. Patrick Lucey on Thursday resigned as honorary co-chair of Justice David Prosser's re-election campaign and endorsed his opponent, state Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.
Lucey said in a statement that he has followed Prosser's campaign "with increasing dismay and now alarm," adding that "Prosser has lost that most crucial of characteristics for a Supreme Court Justice — as for any judge — even-handed impartiality."
Lucey also cited Prosser's "disturbing distemper and lack of civility that does not bode well for the High Court in the face of demands that are sure to be placed on it in these times of great political and legal volatility."
He said Kloppenburg "has adhered throughout the campaign to even-handedness and non-partisanship and has exhibited both promising judicial temperament and good grace even in the heat of a fierce campaign."
Lucey had served as honorary co-chair of Prosser's campaign with former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.