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Rich Judge named leader of liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new leader has been named for the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a liberal group that spends millions of dollars on campaign ads.

Rich Judge will replace Michelle McGrorty on August 1st.

Judge is currently the chief of staff for Democratic state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. He used to be a deputy chief of staff for former Governor Jim Doyle.

McGrorty headed the Greater Wisconsin Committee for 8 years.

Since 2006, the group has spent $19 million on elections – mostly for ads which support Democrats and-or attack their Republican opponents.

McGrorty is taking a new job with Emily’s List, a national group that helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights. McGrorty will recruit candidates for public office in a region that covers 18 states.