Skip to comments.The Tea Party's Wisconsin hope
Posted on 05/29/2010 3:19:09 AM PDT by Scanian
Before what he calls "the jaw- dropping" events of the last 19 months -- TARP, the stimulus, Government Motors, the mistreatment of Chrysler's creditors, ObamaCare, etc. -- the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson's mind.
He was, however, dry tinder -- he calls Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" his "foundational book" -- and now is ablaze, in an understated, upper-Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of plastic products from Oshkosh is what the Tea Party looks like.
He is trim, gray-haired and suddenly gray-suited. For years, he has worn jeans and running shoes to his office, but now, under spousal duress, he is trying to look senatorial -- "My wife upgraded me to brown shoes." He has been endorsed by the state party, and will almost certainly win the September primary for the Republican nomination to run against Russ Feingold, who is seeking a fourth term in a year in which incumbency is considered a character flaw.
Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson led Feingold in polls and froze the race on the GOP side before deciding not to run. But in this season of simmering resentment of the political class, a neophyte such as Johnson might be a stronger candidate than a recycled executive.
Johnson can fund himself. Asked how much of his wealth he will spend, if necessary, his answer is as simple as it is swift: "All of it."
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Now Russ Feingold has already started attacks on Ron Johnson, calling him extreme right wing, and in the pocket of big business.
Sounds like little spoiled Russy boy can't handle competiton.
Here is a tasty little bit of info about Russ Fiengold.
Back in I think 1992 when they were debating the Clinton budget, my wife and I were watching C-Span and Fiengold was speaking about the budget. He said something like “Although the calls to my office are running 10 to one against the budget, I know what is best for my constituents and I am going to vote for it anyway....”.
Someone should dig up that old footage and run it in and ad.
Just trying to help......
I would trust a man who puts ALL his money where his mouth is. I thank God for giving strength and courage to those "ordinary" people stepping out of their comfy lives to take on the beast.
God bless them all.
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And that is precisely what is wrong with the Republican Party in Wiscoonsin and why we can't win elections any more. Tommy has been a spoiler for years.
Convention Biography Video -- In addition to Rons biography, this video contains segments from the Charlie Sykes show in which Charlie is reading excerpts of Rons speeches on the air
After thought, Feingold probably made the statements on the house floor during the very first Clinton budget floor speeches. C-Span has to have this in their archives.....
When I go to a Tea Party, I am not going as a "member" of a Tea Party "organization," but as an independent citizen attending a party; not joining one.
I remember when he first ran...he said he would take NO MONEY, so all the news networks worked him into their prime time “news” spots. I thought that was a clever move on his part knowing the screaming media would come to his aid.