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Wisconsin Editorial Boards Slam Sen. Johnson for Shirking Responsibility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:34

johnsonMIDDLETON - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Capital Times Editorial boards have called out Sen. Ron Johnson for refusing to do his job regarding the Supreme Court Vacancy.  Johnson has fallen in line behind Mitch McConnell by promising to block any nominee President Obama nominates and continues to suggest that America would be best served by political obstructionism and a vacancy on the high court until 2017.

The Capital Times Editorial: Ron Johnson and GOP candidates assault the Constitution

The authors of the U.S. Constitution did not outline a two-party system. Nor did they imagine that a plan for reasonable checks and balances would become a tool to empower petty obstructionists like Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: President Obama, Senate should do their duty

McConnell is right on one point: Americans should have a say. And they will — through a president they twice elected and through their senators.


Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who faces a difficult re-election battle this fall against former Sen. Russ Feingold, have quickly closed ranks around McConnell. Johnson's statement Sunday echoed McConnell.

“While it’s no surprise that Sen. Johnson wants to shirk his constitutional responsibility, the people of Wisconsin want a senator who will actually do his job.  Unfortunately, Johnson refuses to listen to Wisconsinites and prefers taking his cues from Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.” – Michael Tyler, Communications Director

 
Johnson says “doing nothing is also an action” on Supreme Court Vacancy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:18

ron-johnsonMADISON - Senator Ron Johnson continues to refuse to do his job on the Supreme Court vacancy.  Instead of listening to the people of Wisconsin who want a full and functional court, Johnson continues to take his cues from people like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell.

Instead of doing his job, Johnson justified his opposition to President Obama even nominating a justice by saying in classic Washington speak that “doing nothing is also an action.”

Unfortunately for Sen. Johnson, that’s not going over too well here in Wisconsin or in his beltway environs.

Check out some of the brutal coverage highlighting Johnson’s obstructionism and the fallout below:

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: No surprise ‒ Feingold, Johnson split on Scalia vacancy
    “Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants to wait until after the 2016 presidential election before a successor is nominated to fill the position left by the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”
  • AP: Wisconsin Sen. Johnson wants next president to replace Scalia
    “Johnson’s comments are in line with other Senate Republicans who do not want President Obama to make the pick.”
  • The Hill: Vulnerable Senate Republicans back push to delay nominee
    “A handful of politically vulnerable Senate Republicans are supporting a push to delay moving forward with a new Supreme Court nominee until after the presidential election. “Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Pat Toomey (Pa.)— all from Democratic-leaning states —each suggested separately over the weekend that President Obama's successor should fill the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia's death.”
  • The Guardian: Swing state Republicans oppose Obama choosing next supreme court justice
    “Republicans in battleground states have backed majority leader Mitch McConnell in his opposition to confirming any supreme court justice nominated by Barack Obama, brushing off concerns that they might be punished for their intransigence at the ballot box.”
  • The Cap Times Editorial: Ron Johnson and GOP candidates assault the Constitution “The authors of the U.S. Constitution did not outline a two-party system. Nor did they imagine that a plan for reasonable checks and balances would become a tool to empower petty obstructionists like Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.”
  • National Journal: National Journal: A Supreme Down-Ballot Reality Check
    “Most of the art­icles we read con­cluded Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell and Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Chair­man Chuck Grass­ley stone­walling Pres­id­ent Obama on even re­ceiv­ing a hear­ing for his nom­in­ee would in­stantly put in­cum­bents like Kelly Ayotte, Ron John­son, Mark Kirk, Pat Toomey, and Rob Port­man on the hot seat. It also gives Sen­ate Demo­crats a new line of at­tack as they seek mo­tiv­a­tion to turn out their base and win over mod­er­ate Demo­crats and in­de­pend­ents.”
  • PBS Newshour: Senate GOP to Obama: Don’t bother nominating to Court
    “Control of the Senate is at stake this election and Democrats looking to unseat Portman and Toomey — along with New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson — have seized on their call to wait until next year.”
  • Germantown Now: (Opinion) Why Won’t Ron Johnson Do His Job?
    “US Senators, including Ron Johnson, need to do the job we pay them to do. With all of the important upcoming cases, the American people deserve a fully-staffed Supreme Court. We elected the President for a full four year term. We expect him to fill Court vacancies. We expect the Senate to consider nominees. It is ironic that Ron Johnson refuses to do his job as Wisconsin Senator, yet is asking us for another six-year term.”
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: President Barack Obama, Senate should do their duty
    “McConnell is right on one point: Americans should have a say. And they will — through a president they twice elected and through their senators. Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who faces a difficult re-election battle this fall against former Sen. Russ Feingold, have quickly closed ranks around McConnell. Johnson's statement Sunday echoed McConnell.”
  • The Wall Street Journal: Risks for Senators in Backing McConnell’s Call to Delay Supreme Court Appointment “If these vulnerable senators stand firmly with the Senate Republican leadership to prevent a vote on an Obama appointment, it is likely to become the biggest issue in their reelection campaigns. Already, Ron Johnson and Kelly Ayotte have come out in support of Mr. McConnell’s position.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:26
 
Ron Johnson to Appear Before Sarasota, Florida Republicans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:39

ron-johnsonMADISON - Today, Senator Ron Johnson spoke with "Chairman's Circle Members" of the Republican Party of Sarasota. Joe Gruters, the chairman of the Sarasota Republicans, also serves as Florida co-chair for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gruters once called Trump's hateful and bigoted proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States as a "courageous stand."

Read reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sen. Johnson's trip with Florida Trump supporters:

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has a speaking date Wednesday with Republican Party movers and shakers in Sarasota, Fla.

He'll be meeting with "Chairman's Circle Members" at a Republican Party of Sarasota luncheon. Johnson has sought to step up fundraising in the first quarter of the year as he prepares for the fall campaign against Democratic rival Russ Feingold.

The chairman of the Sarasota Republicans is Joe Gruters, who is also Florida co-chair for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gruters called Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country "a courageous stand." Trump was twice named the Sarasota Republican Party's Statesman of the Year.

Johnson initially backed Gov. Scott Walker, who has dropped out of the presidential race, and said he will support the eventual GOP nominee.

Gruters said the Sarasota GOP has "some of the best grassroots activists and donors in the country" and "almost every presidential candidate" pays a visit. Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have spoken to the group, along with commentator Sean Hannity and former Congressman Allen West, Gruters said.

Gruters added that he thought Johnson was "a great Republican leader and anything we can do to get his message out and put him on in front of people willing to give some money, we're happy to do that for him."

Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said, "With Senator Feingold breaking his promise to raise his campaign money in Wisconsin and instead raising 72 percent of his money (in the final three months of 2015) from out of state, we are leaving no stone unturned. And with many Wisconsinites flocking to Florida to escape the cold, it’s a good opportunity to meet with folks from our state, as well others who are concerned about the direction of our country and the Senate majority."

Feingold's campaign said during 2015 it raised 38.23% of its funds from Wisconsin. Overall, the Feingold campaign said it received contributions from more than 25,000 Wisconsinites.

Republicans have also noted that Feingold has accepted campaign donations from Hollywood elite like director Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, received fundraising help from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and hosted a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Read the entire article on JSOnline.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:26
 
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