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American People Have Decided on SCOTUS Nominee, Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:41

ron-johnsonDemocratic Shot/Chaser and national polls show majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court this year.


MADISON - A day after Senate Republicans officially adopted Sen. Johnson’s strategy of “doing nothing” on an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, new polling demonstrates the American people and the people of Wisconsin aren’t buying their obstructionism.

Shot: “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court.” – Sen. Ron Johnson explaining his obstructionist stance on filling the court vacancy.

Chaser: Majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee this year.  As reported by Politico:

POLL FINDS STRONG SUPPORT FOR SCOTUS HEARINGS IN WISCONSIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Public Policy Polling is out with a poll this morning finding that respondents in Wisconsin and New Hampshire broadly support filling any vacancy on the Supreme Court this year - 62 percent in Wisconsin and 59 percent in New Hampshire. Those numbers could be significant for the two Republican senators representing those respective states, Sens. Ron Johnson and Kelly Ayotte. Both are up for re-election this year during a cycle that favors Democrats. The poll found that an even higher number of respondents – 78 percent in New Hampshire and 76 percent in Wisconsin – believe the Senate should consider who is nominated before making the call for or against confirmation hearings. http://goo.gl/mdE8GZ

Lime: Johnson’s approval rating is underwater at -17.

The people of Wisconsin have spoken, Sen. Johnson. Do your job and consider a nominee to the Supreme Court.

 
More on Sen. Ron Johnson's Supreme Court Obstructionism PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 22 February 2016 17:58

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON - On Friday, we reviewed Sen. Johnson’s week in Supreme Court obstructionism. After the flood of condemnation and the stinging editorials, Johnson received for refusing to do his job, you’d imagine the Senator would rethink his partisan position.  But, no.

On Saturday, Johnson paid a visit to the state of Wisconsin to tout his obstructionist stance.

As the Daily Union reports, Sen. Johnson remains in lockstep with Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell who favor delaying a Supreme Court nominee until after President Obama leaves office:

Johnson has joined in supporting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in calls to block an Obama nominee without a hearing.

“Rather than have a lame-duck president put forward a nomination, rather than have a lame-duck Senate confirm that nomination, why don’t we let the American people decide?,” Johnson said.

“It’s a unique time in our history. The American people are going to go to the polls in 2016 and decide what path this nation is on. Are we going to continue on this road to serfdom or are we going to change course and re-embrace the founding principles of this nation?”

While we don’t quite understand how nominating a justice to our nation's highest court is tantamount to serfdom, we do know one thing: instead of doing his job, Ron Johnson is content to take his cues from Washington Republicans who favor partisan bickering and obstructionism over a full and functional Supreme Court.

It’s wrong, it’s irresponsible, and it’s what we’ve come to expect from Sen. Johnson.

 
Ron Johnson’s Week in SCOTUS Obstructionism PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 19 February 2016 16:06

ron-johnsonMADISON - Sen. Ron Johnson had a rough week.  After immediately endorsing the “delay, delay, delay” obstructionism plan put forth by Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell, Johnson has taken heat for his inability explain his position.

While the senator hasn’t exactly been eloquent in his statements, he has been extremely consistent.  Instead of doing his job, Johnson remains firmly planted in his belief that our nation’s highest court should remain deadlocked until after President Obama leaves office.

Let’s review:

Sunday: initial statement

“I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate”

Monday on The Vicki McKenna Show

”Let's have the election about the direction of this country and the direction of the Supreme Court.”

Tuesday on the Jerry Bader Show

“Doing nothing is also an action, kind of bolstering the advice that, let's let the American people decide through their vote who the next president is that should make that appointment [to the Supreme Court].”

Wednesday on the Hugh Hewitt Show

“The American people will decide what direction the Supreme Court will take in 2017, with hopefully a Republican president.”

Thursday on All Things Considered

“We’re only 8 months before an election where the American people are going to decide the direction of the country. Why not let the American people also decide the direction of the Supreme Court?”

So on Friday, one thing remains absolutely clear: Sen. Johnson remains in lockstep with Washington Republicans who want to obstruct the nomination process for as long as possible. That’s irresponsible and would leave our nation’s highest court deadlocked for over a year.

Here’s a crystal clear message to Sen. Johnson: do your job. Consider a nominee. The people of Wisconsin can’t afford your partisan obstructionism.

 
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