Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Linda Clifford’s Desperate Phone Calls

The Clifford campaign for Wisconsin Supreme Court must be desperate.

Fred Dooley of Real Debate Wisconsin put the state’s blogosphere onto a questionable Clifford campaign tactic.

The campaign has been making automated phone calls, saying that that she will “support public schools, their students and their employees’ rights.”

Given that there is no disclaimer saying who is paying for them, the calls are illegal. They also came with no caller ID.

The rhetoric about “public schools” looks very much like a coded way of saying that Clifford will oppose school choice, something her earlier statements clearly imply. As part of a liberal majority on the court, she would have the power to kill Wisconsin’s choice program.

Another, apparently different call, went out that gave the impression that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was calling and asking for support for Clifford.

The liberal Journal-Sentinel did endorse Clifford, but didn’t take kindly to the calls, labeling them “misleading” and having their lawyer call the Clifford campaign on Monday afternoon to demand that they be stopped.

Clifford, who has been attacking the judicial ethics of her opponent, Annette Ziegler, has run a stunningly unethical campaign.

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