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Dane County GOP ramps up criticism of Judge Sumi


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican Party of Dane County sent out a statement extending their criticism of Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.

Sumi Tuesday reiterated her temporary halt to any progress of Governor Walker's collective bargaining bill.

In the release sent out by Republican Party of Dane County spokesperson Jeff Waksman and staff member Blake Gober, Sumi is described as a "leftist," her son as a "left wing activist," and stated that if she were to "enforce the law of Wisconsin," the jurist would "lose her friends!" 

In it, the Dane County GOP also accuses Sumi of prioritizing "foie gras" over "the well being of the people of Wisconsin." 

See the full text of the release below:                                                   

Republican Party of Dane County Apologizes To Judge Sumi

"The Republican Party of Dane County sent out a press release on March 29th criticizing Judge Maryann Sumi for holding up the publication of Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining reform bill.  Upon further reflection we'd like to apologize for not understanding her point of view.

Sure, Governor Walker's bill is unquestionably constitutional, increases worker's rights and helps local government balance budgets without having to fire public workers.  The Wisconsin state legislature consulted with their non-partisan parliamentarian to make sure that the passage of the bill followed the rules of the Senate and Assembly.  But this isn't about the law, is it?

The Republican Party of Dane County recognizes that Judge Sumi is a leftist living in Dane County.  Her friends are leftists living in Dane County.  Her son is a left wing activist in Dane County.  She goes to cocktail parties held by leftists in Dane County.  She shops at organic gourmet food shops run by leftists living in Dane County.  If she were to enforce the law of Wisconsin and do what was in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, she'd be exiled from her lifestyle.  She'd lose her friends!

The leadership of the Republican Party of Dane County have all made the choice to stand against the Dane County elite.  We accept that Left feels righteous vandalizing our homes and keying our cars. It's only fair. We disagree based upon logic and principle.  That is intolerable!  We prioritize the Constitution and the well being of the people of Wisconsin over foie gras at cocktail parties.  That's the choice we made.  We respect Judge Sumi's decision to live her life with the rich diversity that liberals cherish."

In an e-mail to WKOW 27 News, Jeff Waksman explained the Dane County Republicans strategy of sending out a second press release giving them the ability to send out "something in time for the evening TV newscasts and newspapers" (referring to the initial release), saying it was going to take them several hours to "put together something more creative."

In an interview with WKOW27 News,  Gober admitted he knew nothing specific about Sumi's lifestyle,  despite the news release claims.

"In Dane County,  there is a certain way...that all the liberals are, and that she is in the forefront of those."

"It's obvious the second news release is very sarcastic in its tone."

During a brief court hearing on a more minor issue of the collective bargaining cases, and absent any conflict,  Sumi appeared to address an audience beyond the sparse court gallery,  when she talked from the bench of respect.

"All of us know emotions run high in cases like this.   And there is a spirited...spirited debate going on about all of the issues that are now on everybody's plate."

"I want to remind attorneys in particular that they all have a responsibility to promote, and not denigrate the judiciary branch,  and more importantly, the rule of law.   And I would ask that attorneys be especially conscious of the rules of professional responsibility."

Sumi declined comment to WKOW27 News after the hearing.

Earlier this month,  Sumi responded to conservative criticism of her son, Jacob Sindergrand's former work with unions by stating her children do not affect her decisions.

Gober repeated previous criticisms that Sumi's rulings amounted to a failure to respect the separation of powers between branches of government.   Sumi has said her court decisions have not invaded the province of the legislature. 


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