Less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday, Dan Kelly stepped to the microphone and conceded the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice in a speech that stunned observers in both political parties across the country.
He called Justice-elect Janet Protasiewicz a “serial liar” and her campaign “beneath contempt,” and he wished Wisconsin the best of luck “because I think it’s going to need it.”
Kelly did not call to congratulate Protasiewicz, according to sources with both campaigns.
Here’s what some are saying.
Former Republican National Convention Chair Michael Steele ripped the speech on Twitter saying Kelly, who lost by double digits and for the second time, was in no position to lash out.
The Talking Points Memo, a liberal politics website, called the speech “a lengthy, emotional whine.”
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