Screnock, Dallet deny they'd be 'rubber stamps'

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Michael Screnock and Rebecca Dallet are denying they will be "rubber stamps" for the partisan interests that are backing their candidacies in the officially nonpartisan race.

Dallet and Screnock debated Friday for the first time before the April 3 election.

Dallet is a Milwaukee County judge backed by liberals while Screnock is a Sauk County judge supported by conservatives. Dallet says Screnock is "bought and paid for by the big special interests." The state chamber of commerce and Wisconsin Republican Party spent about $800,000 to help Screnock in the primary.

Screnock argues that Dallet wants to push a liberal agenda on the Supreme Court. She has argued during the campaign that the rights of women, clean and air and water and equal protection are all under attack.

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