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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Dan Kelly has been campaigning with Scott Presler, who was at the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Last week, Kelly posted a video on Twitter with Presler, who called the Wisconsin Supreme Court race “the most important election in America right now.” In an interview with the Associated Press, Kelly said he was “not really familiar with (Presler’s) background” but found Presler’s work in Wisconsin to be “invaluable.” 

Presler has organized several “stop the steal” rallies and described Jan. 6 as “the largest civil rights protest in American history.” In response to a question about Presler’s presence on Jan. 6, Kelly said he was not bothered by it.

“Everybody’s got a background,” Kelly said to AP. “Everyone’s got a history. And I don’t ask people to sit for an examination before they help me.”

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Erin Gretzinger / Wisconsin WatchReporting Intern

Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.