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    Ironic Twist of Fate In Wisconsin Recount

    Ironic Twist of Fate In Wisconsin Recount

    By demanding a statewide recount, and insisting that the recount continue to the end even as it became clear she had no chance of success, JoAnne Kloppenburg has seen her public persona devolve into a caricature of a bitter partisan lacking the necessary judgment for the job she seeks.

    By contrast, Kathy Nickolaus, the Republican Waukesha County clerk who was harshly criticized by Democrats for an election night reporting mistake, is seeing a rehabilitation of her reputation as the city of Brookfield and Waukesha County recounts demonstrate no meaningful errors much less fraud.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, noting many complaints about Nickolaus over the years, also reports that Nickolaus is receiving support:

    Despite the high-profile blunder, Nickolaus has won support from many local and statewide clerks.

    Brookfield Clerk Kristine Schmidt, who was irritated that she learned about the error involving her community during the televised news conference, nonetheless had a positive outlook.

    “Truthfully, she’s one of the clerks in the state of Wisconsin who really makes an effort for her municipal clerks,” Schmidt said. “In general, she has made a lot of effort on our behalf to make sure we work together.”

    In emails to Nickolaus, a number of clerks expressed empathy for her election night error and offered encouragement.

    Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the Government Accountability Board, declined to comment on Nickolaus’ performance but did say she and her deputy are among the very few in the state and 500 nationally who are certified by the national training center for election officials. In 2004, she was also named to a 12-person Wisconsin Special Committee in Election Law Review that helped implement the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002.

    Nickolaus made a mistake and apologized when she realized the mistake.  Kloppenburg made a mistake but refuses to acknowledge much less apologize for it.

    The Wisconsin recount has created an ironic twist of fate.  JoAnne Kloppenburg set out to vilify Kathy Nickolaus, but in so doing rehabilitated Nickolaus while damaging herself.

    There must be a Bible passage, parable or fable on point, I just can’t think of one right now.

    Update:  This may explain it, but not excuse it, Kloppenburg Etymology.

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    "So what was Kloppenburg's mistake?"

    Declaring victory from an unofficial 200-vote lead.

    After that, contesting an official 7000-vote lead seems a bit petty. Sure, she's legally entitled to spend the taxpayers' money like that, but it doesn't really earn her any respect.

    @Vinny at May 16, 2011 10:43 AM . . .

    "The fact that Kloppy's only real concern was Waukesha County, yet she chose an entire statewide recount, not only proves her unsuitability for the Supreme Court of WI, but dare I say her current job?"

    I agree. And that is was not just because she was technically entitled to the recount, but because even the liberal-leaning newspapers acknowledged that the size of the gap (7,316 votes) was sufficiently wide to virtually preclude any possibility of her winning — and yet she went ahead and wasted the state's dearly needed resources on the recount anyway.

    Now, with these "selective" ripped bag complaints of hers (and you should include Milwaukee County as well as Dane County amongst those about which she remains silent) her dogged pursuit of the recount enforces the overall impression that she obviously does not have an appropriate judicial temperament at all. This woman seems completely unfit for a judicial office because she lacks good judgement!

    As I noted in prior threads, she also undertook actions during the election that, in my opinion, constitute or at least border on unethical behavior.

    Specifically, on two separate occasions during the judicial campaign, Joanne Kloppenburg leveled an egregious and patently false personal charge at Justice Prosser, written about here (w/link to debate):

    "In a videotaped interview on March 16, 2011, Kloppenburg declared that Prosser had 'prejudged matters that are likely to come before the court. '

    She repeated the charge in a debate six days later, saying: 'I, unlike my opponent, will approach cases with an open mind and without having prejudged the matters that come before the court. '"

    Asked about the claims, her campaign spokesperson had to admit that they could not point to a single factual instance to back up that charge, or of any evidence validating the claim.

    Located here is a specific ethics rule for lawyers in Wisconsin:

    "SCR 20:8.2 Judicial and legal officials.

    (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.

    (b) A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the code of judicial conduct."

    You be the judge!

    Finally, to this day, she is still incapable of facing up to the obvious, opting instead to pursue a politically partisan course of action of challenging the election outcome presumably in order to undermine public confidence in the electoral process, and she may even be attempting to improperly influence, or at least skew the outcome of unrelated matters — i.e., the ultimate Court review of legislation passed by the Walker Administration.

    So, I would agree with you about what appears to be her lack of fitness for her current position, not just her apparent lack of qualifications for the judicial office she thankfully failed to secure!

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