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State Supreme Court candidate candid about his politics

Tim Burns isn’t your ordinary judicial candidate.

And that’s just the way he wants it.

Burns, one of three candidates running for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated next year by conservative Justice Michael Gableman, openly talks about his values, calls himself a progressive and even points out his history of making donations to the Democratic Party and Democratic political candidates.

The race is officially nonpartisan, prompting most Supreme Court candidates — liberals and conservatives — to talk about little more than their biography and their commitment to impartiality.

Burns, by contrast, calls the notion that judges are apolitical a “fairy tale.”

“The fairy tale is that the political values of judges are irrelevant to decision making when we all know that’s not the case,” Burns said Monday in an interview with the Leader-Telegram.

In his view, he’s just being transparent with state voters, who have to pick the next Supreme Court justice. 

“What I wanted to do is be candid and honest with voters and let the chips fall where they may,” said Burns, 53, a Madison attorney specializing in insurance law.