By Judge Brian Hagedorn

The recent attacks against me go far beyond this campaign. The underlying argument, no matter how it is packaged, is that you cannot be a person of faith and, at the same time, be a faithful judge who treats everyone with respect. Their message is clear: people of faith need not apply.

But the Constitution requires adherence to no creed; it provides no religious test for public office. I wish Lisa Neubauer would agree and uphold the Constitution. Instead, she has partnered with her special interest allies to demand a religious and moral creed that she wishes to impose on people like me. If you don’t agree with it, you can’t serve in public life. This is dangerous and wrong. By standing by these shameful attacks with a wink and a nod, it is Lisa Neubauer who has made clear she cannot be trusted to defend our constitutional freedoms.       

All this is a desperate effort to distract voters from the real issue in this race: Lisa Neubauer and her allies want to take over the Supreme Court to accomplish their political agenda. And they will do anything to personally destroy me to accomplish their political goals through our courts.  

I remain undaunted by these smears, and I’m not going to back down. I’m running to protect the public and defend the rule of law. Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. The job of a judge is to say what the law is, not what the judge thinks the law should be. And unlike Lisa Neubauer, I will protect your religious freedom to practice whatever faith you may hold. 

If you truly want an impartial judge, stand against these shameful attacks.  

 Judge Brian Hagedorn is a Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge and a candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court.