An independent group monitoring the state Supreme Court race says the first television ad by Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman is "highly offensive and deliberately misleading."
The Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee called on Gableman on Monday to take the ad off the air. The group says the spot is in the offensive, race-bating style reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential race.
The ad places a picture of a convicted rapist and Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler on the screen at the same time. Both are black. Butler handled the man's appeal of his rape conviction when he worked as a public defender.
The monitoring group says the ad is unbecoming of Gableman as a sitting judge.