Walker sends signals he may appoint Bradley to vacancy on Wisconsin Supreme Court

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Gov. Scott Walker is sending signals that he may appoint state Appeals Court Judge Rebecca Bradley to a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Walker sent a Twitter message Tuesday saying there is precedent for governors appointing justices to the court who may later run for the seat. He then cited a pair of examples.

Walker has twice named Bradley to judicial appointments before, and she has the backing of conservatives in the officially nonpartisan race.

State Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Joe Donald are also running, but say they are not applying for the appointment which runs through July.

Bradley did not respond to messages.

Justice Patrick Crooks died last week, creating the vacancy which runs through July.

Friday is the deadline to apply.

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