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Walker sends signals he may appoint Bradley to Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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 immediately respond to messages.

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

Friday is the deadline to apply for the opening.

Applicants must provide a resume, three to four references, two writing samples, and fill out a judicial application. All materials must be emailed to govjudicialappointments@wisconsin.gov.

The new appointee would be up for election in April 2016.

The Wisconsin Law Journal’s Erika Strebel also contributed to this report.

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