Franklin and Justice Hagedorn

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This week WI Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn did it again. He betrayed WI conservatives.

As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The state Supreme Court upheld Democrat Joe Biden’s Wisconsin win Monday, handing President Donald Trump a defeat less than an hour before the Electoral College met.

The 4-3 ruling was the latest in a string of dozens of losses for the president across the country as Republicans pursue last-gasp efforts to give Trump a second term. Just after the decision was issued, the Electoral College cemented Biden’s national victory.

In the majority, conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court’s three liberals to confirm Biden’s win. 

Most importantly the newspaper noted:

Monday’s ruling marked the fourth time in a week and a half that the same coalition of justices ruled against Trump and his allies. 

Before Monday’s ruling, earlier this month, Dan O’Donnell wrote a highly critical piece about Hagedorn. Here’s a portion:

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn really, really hated judicial activism.

“Typically the way this plays out is that judges think they have some sense of what is just, some sense of what they think is right,” he said in a radio interview on Election Day 2019, just hours before voters would help him pull of an upset win over liberal opponent Lisa Neubauer. 

Hagedorn tapped into conservative resentment of the anti-constitutional activism that has become the hallmark of left-leaning courts, whose members substitute their own political preferences for a reliance on law and precedent.

“If elected later that day, Hagedorn promised, he would never ever wield such power and would never be so arrogant as to believe that his own personal opinion could ever trump that of the Wisconsin Constitution or settled state law.  That was the sort of thing his liberal opponent would do.

It was just what conservative voters needed to hear.  It was the message that motivated them to turn out in droves that day.  And Hagedorn didn’t mean a single word of it.

Hagedorn has become the sort of justice he promised that he would never be—a constitutional illiterate who twists himself into laughably unsupported knots in order to arrive at the predetermined policy outcome he personally prefers.

What exactly would have been different had Lisa Neubauer defeated him?  He made it seem as though his victory was the only thing standing between Wisconsin and judicial tyranny, and yet a year later—now that he doesn’t have to face voters again until 2029—he has fashioned himself the king of the Supreme Court.

He is, and has likely always been, nothing more than a politician willing to say anything on Election Day but spend every day after doing whatever he pleases.

Now for the Franklin angle. Given the city’s conservative makeup it’s likely a lot of residents are not happy with Hagedorn. Some who let him know personally are quoted in this article.

On April 2, 2019, 5,087 voters in the city of Franklin chose Hagedorn (61.44%) over Lisa Neubauer who got 3,186 votes (38.48%). As O’Donnell wrote, conservatives Hagedorn played for suckers are now stuck with him until 2029.

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