Wisc. Senate race gains fifth Republican candidate

Word is out that another Republican primary candidate will be vying to take on Sen. Russ Feingold in the general election.Ron Johnson, who’s labeled himself as an “Oshkosh businessman,” is adding campaign staff. According to WisPolitics, one of them his staffers has worked for the recent spat of W.M.C.-backed and hard-right state Supreme Court justices, Michael Gableman and Annette Ziegler, as well as Attorney General Van Hollen. This tells me he’ll try to play very dirty against Feingold, and will probably try to turn the primary into a real mudfest.

Go for it. Few things work better for Feingold than his opponents hurling mud at one another. It’s taken Johnson this long to get into the race, I wonder what else he can do to differentiate himself from his Republican opponents. It took Johnson even longer to get in than it took for TOMMY! to hog the spotlight while flirting with a run, only to drop out.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

5 thoughts on “Wisc. Senate race gains fifth Republican candidate”

  1. No doubt Tommy sucked up as much of the spotlight as he could while going back and forth, trying to decide if he’d run or not. But, it is unfair to blame Ron Johnson for taking “this long to get into the race” because no other Republican with a chance was going to run UNTIL Tommy made up his mind. Ron Johnson offers much more to the majority of the Republican Party than any of the other candidates that are running. He is a true conservative that will appeal to the base of the party.

    1. Well, the biggest difference is that Ron Johnson has money and will actually try to raise more. I don’t know much about Westlake, to be honest. I’m sure he is a great guy and all, but he doesn’t seem to want to raise the money needed to actually run a legitimate campaign. Wall is a joke of a candidate, not paying taxes (I know, it was all legit… it just looks weird). Not to mention he can’t even win a local race. Leiny… Doyle is all I have to say there. I’ve actually heard Leiny speak to a group of commercial real estate people, and I think he is not a bad guy. Just not the kind of candidate Republicans should elect. If you want to win in politics, it takes money and Westlake just doesn’t seem to be able to come up with what it takes.

      1. If Ron Johnson can beat Dave Westlake because he has money and Westlake does not, then Terrence Wall, who has money, can also beat Westlake. But Westlake is even with Wall in polling. Therefore, Westlake will be even with Johnson in polls.

        Now, this logic ignores the world outside it. Could you tell me what tactics Johnson will us to differentiate himself from Wall and Westlake, other than the “Westlake has no money” argument? What is it that Johnson specifically can offer Republican Party voters that no other candidate does?

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