CFAF is understandably disturbed that a Jackson County judge on Saturday issued a temporary restraining order against the "shadowy" tax-exempt outfit — its permanent address is reportedly a post office box — for running a radio advertisement that Radcliffe claims is defamatory and violative of Wisconsin election law.
And the judge declined to rescind his order at a hearing yesterday.
Also, WisPolitics.com has published a CFAF press release, which claims that
Judge Lister said he was informed that an action was headed his way early Friday afternoon at which time he contacted the FCC. The FCC informed the Judge that a temporary restraining order against the radio stations would constitute a prior restraint of free speech and would therefore be unconstitutional. He issued the order anyway.Except the order doesn't enjoin any radio stations, it enjoins the defendant, CFAF, from "causing" its advertisement to be broadcast.
Radcliffe's attorney forwarded the judge's order to radio stations with a cover letter, and they may make of it what they will.
There's likely to be more excitement later today. And if the defendant was anybody other than the Coalition for America's Families, I might even have some sympathy for them.
Update: The temporary restraining order is suspended (.pdf; 3 pgs.) — but not yet voided, pending Radcliffe's response — thanks in part to Benjamin L. Ginsberg (remember him?) of Washington, D.C.
If this rhubarb winds up in the Supreme Court (which it probably won't) it would surely require Justice Mike Gableman's recusal.
Meanwhile, resume practicing "Family Values."