Remember, It’s “An Independent Run”
Looks like AFSCME, the unions and the Democratic establishment have their guy, since Dane Co. Judge MaryAnn Sumi is a no-show. They will be running with left-wing crank professor (and good friend of most of the liberal bloggers in this state) Ed Fallone as their candidate of choice in the upcoming state Supreme Court fight.
Past Fallone commentaries on various rulings before the state Supreme Court have been mainstays on a number of Wisconsin union websites since 2011.
This April’s state Supreme Court race will likely be the last chance the statewide left has for trying to derail Act 10 and much of the Walker agenda via litigation. Expect hell.
Here’s from Fallone’s campaign announcement he’s handed in 3,200 signatures to get on the ballot…in a press release written by former Joanne Kloppenburg campaign manager and long-time Kathleen Falk aide Melissa Mulliken, who will be acting as campaign consultant.
Supreme Court Candidate Ed Fallone has submitted about 3200 nomination signatures, about 1200 more than required, to the Government Accountability Board (GAB). Volunteers from around the State helped gather the signatures in only three weeks, after Fallone’s announcement of his candidacy on December 11.
“People from across Wisconsin urged me to run for the Court and then stepped up to help gather the necessary signatures in a very short time and in very cold weather during a holiday period,” Fallone noted. “I am grateful for their efforts, their trust and confidence. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is dysfunctional and the only way to fix it is to change the personalities on the bench. The people of Wisconsin expect — and deserve — judges who respect the importance of an independent judiciary and who are impartial and fair. That is the kind of Justice I will be.”
Fallone also announced he has hired Nathan Schwantes to manage the campaign. Schwantes has experience as a campaign manager (Senator Dave Hansen), served as a legislative aide to Senator Tim Carpenter, and helped manage grassroots and get out the vote efforts during the 2012 Presidential election. Schwantes will begin work with the campaign on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
“Nate brings a wealth of experience to our campaign and has a great understanding of Wisconsin’s statewide political landscape,” Fallone said. “His commitment to encouraging more people to vote and his ability to get people involved in our campaign will be keys to our success.”
Nate Schwantes? You mean this guy?
According to his LinkedIn profile, that is his current job.
Just wanted to point this out the next time someone on the other side wants to get clever by bringing up a job (RPW Executive Director) Brandon Scholtz hasn’t had in over twenty years. Fallone’s getting members of his team currently on the DPW payroll.
It is too early, but no word yet if any AFL-CIO employees will be making appearances in his commercials.