Anti-NRA Judicial Candidate Loses Primary Race in Wisconsin

By Susan Jones | February 21, 2018 | 7:49am EST
Democrat Tim Burns on the campaign trail in Wisconsin. (Screen grab from video)

( -  A liberal Democrat in Wisconsin called out the NRA in his political campaign; he had the support of at least one Hollywood liberal; but it didn't help.

Tim Burns, a Madison attorney running in a three-person primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, lost on Tuesday.

Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, a Republican, and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, a Democrat, will face off in the April 3 general election to replace a conservative state supreme court justice who is not running for re-election.

It wasn't a close election: Burns received 95,043 votes (18 percent) to Dallet's 190,908 votes (36 percent) and Screnock's 246,853 (46 percent).

Two days after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida -- apparently believing it would help his campaign -- Burns tweeted a form letter he receive from the NRA, asking for his views on the Second Amendment.

"This is the letter the #NRA sends to judicial candidates," Burns tweeted. "For the record -- they have endorsed my opponent @JudgeScrenock."

Burns highlighted one sentence in the NRA's letter, which said if he chose not to explain his position on the Second Amendment, the NRA would assign him a "?" rating, "which can be interpreted by our membership as indifference, if not outright hostility, toward Second Amendment-related issues," the letter said


Enter actress/activist Alyssa Milano, a Burns supporter, who also tweeted out the NRA letter addressed to Burns: "We can no longer allow the #NRA to bully candidates in this country," she told her millions of followers.

Many of Milano's followers went even further, calling the NRA letter "threatening" -- and some of them, in turn, threatening the NRA.

Milano urged people in Wisconsin to vote for Burns.

Meanwhile, the NRA noted on its website: "Screnock, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, was the only candidate seeking election to return a position statement indicating his support for constitutional rights. His opponents refused to return a candidate position statement."

Following his primary defeat Tuesday, Burns tweeted: "Thanks so much everyone and congratulations to Judge Dallet. No regrets here. Great campaign team. Said exactly what I thought had to be said—no compromising on that. I’m honored by your support.  Will continue to work for a better state and world."


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