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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock debate earlier this month in Milwaukee.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Former President Barack Obama's attorney general will campaign in Milwaukee and Madison this week to boost Rebecca Dallet's campaign for state Supreme Court.

Eric Holder's visits to the state's Democratic powerhouses highlight the national attention and heavy spending the April 3 election is generating.

It also brings attention to questions about whether justices must step aside in cases involving their backers.

Dallet, a Milwaukee County judge, has criticized the high court's ethics rules as too weak but said Tuesday she did not know if the spending by Holder's group was so extensive that it would prevent her from hearing cases involving the group if she is elected. That brought cries of hypocrisy from the campaign of her opponent, Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock.

Holder's group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, is spending $140,000 on digital ads backing Dallet and last month sued GOP Gov.