Prior writings of Justice Rebecca Bradley are in question after a news conference Monday by liberal group One Wisconsin Now.
The organization held a news conference Monday morning to share excerpts of columns that Bradley wrote in the Marquette Tribune while she was a student at Marquette University.
In the columns shared by the group, Bradley railed about homosexuality and AIDS, as well as the 1992 election of Bill Clinton.
“We have now elected a tree-hugging, baby-killing, pot-smoking, flag-burning, queer-loving, bull-spouting ’60s radical socialist adulterer to the highest office in our nation,” Bradley wrote. “Doesn’t it make you proud to be an American? We’ve just had an election which proves the majority of voters are either totally stupid or entirely evil.”
OWN Executive Director Scott Ross called the columns “hateful and venomous” and called for her resignation from the Supreme Court.
Bradley’s columns also took aim at patients with AIDS, and the treatment of it around the world.
“One will be better off contracting AIDS than developing cancer because those afflicted with the politically correct disease will be getting all of the funding,” Bradley wrote in November 1992. “How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments.”
Bradley said in a statement that she is “frankly embarrassed at the content and tone of what I wrote those many years ago.”
“To those offended by comments I made as a young college student, I apologize, and assure you that those comments are not reflective of my worldview,” she wrote. “These comments have nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state. “