Wisconsin Supreme Court race heats up with new ads, debate

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Rebecca Bradley and JoAnne Kloppenburg are launching the first TV ads of their general election race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Bradley, appointed to the court last fall to finish the late Patrick Crooks’ term, played up endorsements from judges and law enforcement. Her spot featured unidentified figures in judicial robes and sheriff’s department uniforms.

Kloppenburg, a Court of Appeals judge, attacked Bradley’s independence by noting she has been appointed to three judgeships in recent years by Gov. Scott Walker.

The Kloppenburg campaign declined to release the size of its airtime buy for the statewide ad. The Bradley campaign said its purchase was in six figures, but a spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking specifics.

The pair were to debate Tuesday evening on the Marquette University campus.