Ron Johnson runs against Russ, why? ‘Cuz Ron’s rich.

Ron Johnson, the nth Republican candidate to run against Senator Russ Feingold, has revealed the true reason he’s running for office.

It’s not to change the world for the better.

It’s not to combat some entrenched money-baggers or root out corruption.

It’s because he’s rich.

This revelation came out on right-wing squaker Charlie Sykes’s show:

Charlie Sykes: Was there a moment where you’re sitting on your couch, and you go, maybe its gonna be me. Maybe that I have, maybe I’m the guy that has to step forward and, and, and do this thing.

Ron Johnson: You know there actually was. I was watching FOX News and, uh, Dick Morris came on. He was talking about, uh, hey Russ Feingold is really, really vulnerable. Hey, if you’re a rich guy in the state of Wisconsin maybe you ought to decide to run. [Emphasis added.]

Seriously. That was the funniest thing I’d heard all day.

Once again, we have millionaires trying to defeat Wisconsin’s truly maverick senator. As I’ve said before, millionaires don’t beat Feingold. Having a lot of money is not enough to beat him. It’s fine and dandy that you’ve championed your field and outran your business competitors. But serving the people of Wisconsin is another matter. It takes far more than just having money to earn our loyalty. We don’t give it just because you flash a wad of cash. Feingold has proven that in each of his senate races. Just being a millionaire doesn’t mean you win the race against Russ.

Also: Media Matters has picked up on this. It details how Mr. Morris uses Fox News to get donations and volunteers for Republican candidates. No bias there, no sir.

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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.