Justice Patience Roggensack has won her primary election race in her bid for a second ten-year term on the state Supreme Court. She says the wide margin by which she defeated her two opponents shows that voters understand they need an experienced justice on the bench.
With 70 percent of the statewide vote counted, Roggensack has 70 percent of the vote. Coming in a distant second is Marquette Law School professor Ed Fallone who will face off with Roggensack in the April 2nd general election. Fallone has accused Roggensack of being responsible for what he calls 'a dysfunctional court,' because of its inability to resolve an ethics complaint against Justice David Prosser stemming from a physical altercation between Prosser and Justice Anne Walsh Bradley almost two years ago. Roggensack says voters aren't connecting with Fallone's accusations.
"You know, we've dealt with it for six weeks now. It's not resonating with the voters. I am sticking with my message. That was not Pat Roggensack who behaved inappropriately. What we need to talk about is the experience and the qualifications of the candidates for the job. and that's what I'm going to stick with. We've been there; we've done that."
Roggensack's campaign mnager Brandon Scholz says the campaign will continue to raise money over the coming weeks, but not from big donors. He says the average donation so far is around $85, and only $16,000 has come from out of state.