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Gov. Walker considers stopping judicial appointments in Dane County


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he might stop appointing judges to fill vacancies in Dane County, after two of his appointees were later removed by the voters.

Walker said Wednesday it was unfortunate that Circuit Judge Rebecca St. John lost her election bid on Tuesday. Attorney Rhonda Lanford won, after she linked her opponent to the Republican governor during their campaign.

Walker noted that St. John was endorsed by local leaders like Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.

Last year, Ellen Berz defeated Judge Roger Allen by highlighting his Walker appointment to voters in liberal Dane County.

Walker said Wednesday that it probably doesn’t make much sense to go through the appointment process in the county, because voters simply reject them for, “political reasons.”

Instead, Walker says he might allow judicial posts to stay vacant until their next scheduled elections.