Michael Horne
House Confidential

The Two Homes of Rebecca Bradley

Judge has Tosa Colonial and a Lower East Side condo near all those gays she condemned.

By - Mar 9th, 2016 02:45 pm
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36 thoughts on “House Confidential: The Two Homes of Rebecca Bradley”

  1. Marie says:

    Michael Horne, you Oscar Wilde-ish rascal, you just nailed a real two-fer.

    One favorite line: “Here, at the intersection of Sodom Lane and Gomorrah Boulevard, [E. Lyon and N. Van Buren streets], Bradley’s home is within sight of Hybrid Lounge, a self-proclaimed Gay Bar.”

    Maybe Justice Bradley could try to win back some Gay-Community Love by pledging to march in the Gay Pride Parade or by hosting a meet-and-greet at Hybrid or some other gay haunt. Perhaps she could have her big fan Chris Abele co-host such a swell soiree!!

  2. WashCoRepub says:

    Between The Milwaukee Journal, the Wisconsin State Journal, and Urban Milwaukee, I guess Kloppenburg won’t even have to run any ads. Her loyal subjects are doing the job for her.

    Wow, does 1WisconsinNow have staff actually present at all these locations, or just a direct line to your ‘newsroooms?’

  3. Marie says:


    Nah, all those newsrooms (and others) probably just have staff who think gays deserve to be treated with equal rights and dignity and that all women should have access to contraception and legally sanctioned abortions. But yes fact-based news can trump her BS ads.

    Although Bradley was a mere college senior when she wrote gay-hating rants, she more recently equated birth control with murder. She sounds like a high-strung drama queen!

    If she wants “forgiveness” for her transgressions, going to confession is always an option for good Catholics.

  4. Gary says:

    I think the bigoted blond chick keeps the condo because it’s rated “Walker’s Paradise”.

  5. Vincent Hanna says:

    Only a rabid extremist thinks the problem is media coverage and not the awful things Bradley said. Pathetic.

  6. Casey says:

    I really enjoy this site and read it on a daily basis.
    But….c’mon…this is a bit of a flip or hypocritical.
    Aside from the politics (which are entertaining) any other mention of the burbs and the city UM puts a positive spin on the city. In this instance UM makes sure we all know that Bradley is under water in her urban and former Park East developed condo but sings praises that her suburban Tosa house is on the up swing.

    Maybe those damn conservatives and talk radio was right…..developing the park east corridor was a waste and we should all move to the burbs were are home values wont tank.

  7. Bea says:

    How do you solve a problem like Rebecca? Vote Kloppenburg!
    She’s also on the Board of Governors of the St. Thomas More Society of Wisconsin. Its main tenets:
    _ Protecting the First Amendment rights of those who pray and counsel outside our nation’s
    abortion facilities
    _ Defending laws that protect human life from conception to natural death
    _ Ensuring the free expression of religion in the public square
    _ Restoring respect for marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

  8. AG says:

    Wait, I thought people had the ability to change over time and should be forgiven for their past transgressions? We can forgive/forget about the Ayers and Assange’s of the world but when some (probably) sheltered, sophomore in college 25 years ago makes extreme comments she later regrets it proves she’s a bigot?

  9. M says:

    AG, no Bradley was a senior, not a “sheltered” sophomore, when she wrote most of those rants. And she’s said similar things about reproductive rights since then.

    Casey, about the property value, I did not detect any dissing of the Lower East Side. Sometimes condos do not hold their value as well as single-family homes, at least in the short term. Of course, many homes everywhere have also taken a hit. We’ve had a rough ride in real estate recently.

  10. Vincent Hanna says:

    She’s on the board of a group that opposes marriage equality and represents the likes of Troy Newman, who supports murdering abortion providers. There’s no reason to believe Bradley doesn’t still hold extreme views. And the Ayers comparison is complete and total nonsense. They met a few times. Not even remotely the same thing.

  11. AG says:

    Casey, don’t bother… Mr. Horne is part of the city vs suburbs battle where both sides perpetuate an “us vs them” mentality that continues to fracture our metro area. He once said on this site, “Death to the suburbs by any legal means is my credo.” This is despite the fact he grew up in Mequon himself…

    I’d hope we can see some appreciation for the diversity in places where people can live and the various positives/negatives of those choices. Instead, I doubt we’ll hear anything resembling a unifying voice coming from him any time soon.

  12. Joe says:

    I think the bottom line on Bradley…would your business hire her knowing she penned that rubbish? Would BMO, NML or Time Warner hire her as a corporate counsel? I don’t believe they would.

  13. Uh says:

    I watched the debate. Bradley seemed like an angry woman with a temper. Her facial expressions in reactions to what Kloppenburg was saying childlike.

  14. daniel golden says:

    Rebecca Grassl apparently thinks her bible is a smorgasbord-she picks and chooses items in the document that suit her. She apparently sees nothing inconsistent with her own personal mishaps ( a short term marriage ending in divorce from a man 23 years her senior ) and condemning the lifestyles of others. My experience in family law would indicate women keep a
    ex spouses name only if there are children or it is a long term marriage. Rebecca apparently felt a surname similar to a right wing foundation would play well in right wing politics. Was that the basis for the short marriage to begin with to a man 23 years her senior, or does she have daddy issues?

  15. Vincent Hanna says:

    The organizations she belongs to (like the St. Thomas More Society) are extremely problematic in that they really advocate for injecting more religion into the courts. They want an increase in courts using specific religious texts to interpret law. That’s not a good thing.

  16. blurondo says:

    Quoting AG: “This is despite the fact he grew up in Mequon…”
    No, it’s because of the fact that he grew up in Mequon.

  17. blurondo said it for me in his response to AG. I was just about to make the same point. Thanks.

  18. Dave says:

    I knew of a few hateful bigots and racists from my days at Marquette. 15 years later, they’re the same assholes now as they were then. People may learn to watch what they write and say as they grow older but in my experience, it’s rare for these types of people to have a genuine change of heart.

  19. M says:

    Some conservatives, including Sykes, have defended Bradley’s “pro-life” stances (birth control = murder: really!). She gives anti-abortion proponents a bad name. You can personally and honorably not choose to have an abortion and encourage (but not coerce) your loved ones to do so and offer to support them in that decision.

    Or you can try to make other people’s lives miserable by shaming them or making it difficult to access a constitutionally protected option. You can bet that Ms. Bradley knows she will win votes from others who are equally intolerant. But she can’t have it both ways by claiming an election-season “conversion.” Since one in three American women has an abortion by age 40, chances are Ms. Bradley knows some women, even conservative Republicans, who are among that demographic. Another prominent GOP leader, Alberta Darling, had a different election-related conversion. The former Planned Parenthood board member is now rabidly anti-choice since it plays better with her target voters in River Hills, etc.

    Yes, ambitious politicians can change their publicly stated views to opportunistically win votes. I don’t think that realizing that gay couples are worthy to adopt society’s forgotten needy children is any big realization, as Bradley proudly asserts now. We need a justice with more than just a sense of pragmatism when it comes to other human beings.

  20. AG says:

    That’s sad to hear Mr. Horne. All things considered, and personal viewpoints not withstanding, you seemed to have turned out ok. I’m sure the world will survive if the suburbs continue to exist. I’d venture to say we’d actually be better off if we found a way for the burbs and city to coexist or, heaven forbid, work together.

  21. Milwaukeean says:

    AG: Exactly how would you expect the suburbs and the city to ‘coexist or, heaven forbid, work together’? Especially since we know to be true the City and Suburbs are divided based on bigotry, often times blatant racism, and money? What exactly would you propose to unify the region? What you are expecting here, is to be able to change the hearts and minds of a region that rejects people of color, and people who do not fit into the very white Milwaukee suburbs.

  22. AG says:

    If you really believe the narrative created that “…we know to be true the City and Suburbs are divided based on bigotry, often times blatant racism, and money…” then you are part of the problem.

  23. Vincent Hanna says:

    Blatant racism isn’t part of the problem? Of course it is. The people who are part of the problem are the ones denying that. Hell there’s people who post here that demonstrate the blatant racism that exists. There’s evidence of it everywhere. I have plenty of anecdotal evidence of it. AG your head is buried in the sand if you don’t think racism is part of the urban/suburban divide.

  24. Milwaukeean says:

    AG: Just answer my question, please. Unifying the region was your idea. Now I want to see exactly how you intend to do this knowing very well the bigoted hearts and minds of the Citizens in the region in which you live. After you successfully answer that question, and fulfill your own expectation of ‘if we found a way for the burbs and city to coexist or, heaven forbid, work together’, then I will share with you how I am making an impact in my community with very similar issues. These forums are good bouncing boards for ideas and opinions, but they do nothing if you are unable to actually contribute and produce positive results in your own community.

  25. AG says:

    I’d love for someone to explain how stereo typing suburbanites is any better than stereo typing people who live in the city. And Milwaukeean, when you say “the region” that I live are you saying the Milwuakee neighborhood I live in? Because yes, I do see my Milwaukee neighbors bigoted against subrubanites.

    It’s also hard to have a real conversation when responding to someone who is blaming all problems on an entire region of people for being racist.

    However, you ask and I shall provide. Some of the things the metro area could do to better foster a sense of cooperation: Regional bus routes to job centers, working together to attract businesses from other states and regions and not from each other, cooperate on regional highway design, not put burdensome stipulations on a water contract between neighboring communities, support regional cultural institutions instead of leaving the burden only on the municipality it’s located in, and my favorite: cutting out the unnecessary rhetoric. This clearly barely touches the surface… but do you have any suggestions other than “stop being racist?”

  26. Bruce Thompson says:

    Apologies made to “those who were offended” have always struck me as insincere–a way of shifting responsibility to the too-sensitive listener, rather than taking personal responsibility.

  27. M says:

    I agree with Bruce T. Her statement is close to “Mistakes were made” used instead of “I screwed up.”

    But Bradley cannot plead having “mis-spoke” or mis-wrote because she did it too many times and has since said and written plenty of other extreme stuff. I think the reproductive rights issue, about which she is just as intolerant, is even more likely to come before the State Supreme Court than gay-related cases, especially since gay marriage is now the law of the land. However, GOP legislators seem to put forth a new attempt to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade in Wisconsin several times a session.

  28. Gatos Locos says:

    What I see are some code violations on here Tosa residence. She is using her garage rooftop, one story above ground, as a patio space and has no handrails or guardrails to prevent a fall hazard. A call to the city of Tosa building inspector as well as her insurance company both seem to be in order.

  29. Milwaukeean says:

    AG: Perhaps the question bears repeating: What are you doing, yourself, to make a difference in your community against the perception (and acts of…) of blatant racism? While I appreciate your ability to point out what you think your local government should do on a business and infrastructure level to foster a less racially hostile community, the question was directed at you – not your local government.

  30. AG says:

    Milwaukeean, I’d be happy to answer your question in more detail but why don’t you answer my question first. What do you do besides type negative rhetoric based on misinformed stereo types on internet comment sections?

  31. M says:

    AG: Plenty of neutral researchers and data have documented both systemic and individual racism and its impacts in Milwaukee. Those are facts, not stereotypes. Additionally, all people have some forms of bias. But the facts of racial and economic segregation in Milwaukee exist separate from those individual views and even rhetoric.

    Remedying the long-standing refusal to provide convenient mass transit for city residents to reach jobs in the suburbs is worthy goal you advocate. We can all keep pushing for that.

    I think this region will be better able to move past systemic racism and solve problems differently as we try to acknowledge and understand the roots of it in ourselves and others and then to broaden our perceptions. That takes openness and effort.

  32. AG says:

    M, saying systemic and individual racism has had historic impacts on Milwaukee (and in some regard today as well) is different than calling all suburbanites bigoted racists. Just as data shows that high rates of teenage preganancy and high crime rates in the african american population have detrimental effects is different than saying all inner city residents are sluts and criminals.

    My issue is more to do with fostering a cooperative conversation to find solutions rather than spread the hateful dialog that people on both sides seem to favor.

  33. M says:

    It seems that most people commenting here are trying to foster cooperative conversation and find solutions to long-standing problems. I personally am. I have family and friends in the suburbs and do not bash them. I grew up in a suburb.

    None of this is easy and mass de-industrialization here has made things even harder. However, cooperation among many groups has led to drastically lowering Milwaukee’s rates of teenage pregnancy. Many of us are engaged in programs to help people move out of poverty through education, job creation and other measures. Let’s keep going, personally and through larger systems!

  34. Gary says:

    Sticking with the issue of homes (I had to go back to re-read the thoughtful article), if someone offered RLGB a 3rd home located along the Lincoln or Estabrook Pkwys. we might get a quicker settlement on that damn dam issue!

  35. Brewershark says:

    Hmmmm….writes disparaging remarks in public about people she has nothing to do with….involves herself in a conflict of interest regarding a family issue with a man she had an affair with….gets up and leaves court during arguments in order to make a speech to big-money campaign donors. Yep, she has all the makings of a State Supreme Court Justice. In addition, she wrote a diatribe calling President Bill Clinton a whole bunch of derogatory names. Of course, everyone has a right to an opinion, but when you put put it in writing and publicly publish it, you’re going to find it hard to take back. IF, that’s a big IF, Hillary Clinton is elected President, will Rebecca Bradley stand by the statement she made about Bill Clinton that, “anyone who voted for him is stupid?” (thus anyone who votes for her is stupid?) This is not your chiropractor, tax preparer, insurance agent, or bank teller saying this to you in private conversation. This is one of your State Supreme Court Justices saying it in public. Over the next 10 years, I’m sure we’ll hear about more controversies involving Rebecca Bradley.

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