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Dallet visits Rhinelander ahead of next month's state Supreme Court electionSubmitted: 03/16/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

Dallet visits Rhinelander ahead of next month's state Supreme Court election
RHINELANDER - Billboards popped up in several places around Wisconsin this week calling Rebecca Dallet "Double-Talk Dallet."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin, which paid for the ads, points to the Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate accepting money for her campaign from attorneys who have cases she presides over.

Dallet told Newswatch 12 during a Friday morning stop in Rhinelander that her opponent, Michael Screnock, took hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups.

The current Milwaukee County circuit judge thinks the state supreme court needs to be fair and independent.

"I'm not going to be a rubber stamp for anyone,' Dallet said during her stop at the Rhinelander Cafe and Pub. "Not the governor, not the Republican party, both of whom my opponent worked for. And I'm not going to be a rubber stamp to any special interest group that sits in front of me. If they spend massive amounts of money, I will step off the case. "

Friday morning, the Wisconsin Republican Party asked the state Judicial Commission to launch an investigation into Dallet's acceptance of campaign donations from attorneys with cases before her.

"Judge Screnock was shocked and deeply saddened to learn that a sitting judge and Supreme Court candidate would engage in conduct that damages the public's trust in our justice system and our high court candidates," Screnock for Justice senior advisor Sean Lansing said in an emailed statement. "These are serious allegations and they outline a troubling pattern of behavior by Judge Dallet that warrants further investigation."

Dallet is backed mainly by liberals, while Screnock is mainly supported by conservatives. Dallet says she's visited nearly "every corner" of Wisconsin, hearing from voters of what they want to see in a justice.

Dallet told Newswatch 12 she wishes the April 3rd election would fall in November, when more people tend to show up at the polls.

"I would like everyone in Wisconsin to make the choice of our next Supreme Court justice, not just a select few," Dallet said. "And I do hope people do understand the importance and get out to vote."

Screnock and Dallet will debate one more time, on March 30th. The debate will air on Wisconsin Public Television.

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