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Former Wisconsin Justice On Trump’s List Of Potential U.S. Supreme Court Nominees

Sykes Is Among 11 Names Trump Says He'd Consider For Court


A former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is on Republican presidential candiate Donald Trump’s short list of people that he’d consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Diane Sykes was one of 11 names on a list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees released by Trump’s campaign. Sykes was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1999 and won election to a 10-year term a year later. She left the court in 2004 after she was nominated to the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago by President George W. Bush.

This isn’t the first time Sykes’ name has been floated for the Supreme Court. She was rumored to be a possibility for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

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What’s more intriguing this time around is her connection to conservative talk-radio host Charlie Sykes, her ex-husband. Charlie Sykes raised his national profile this spring by being an outspoken leader of the “Never Trump” movement in Wisconsin. He tweeted on Wednesday that Judge Sykes “would be an outstanding choice. Would make a great justice. But I just simple don’t believe Trump.”