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Russ Feingold Holds Lead over Johnson in U.S. Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:54

russ-feingoldMILWAUKEE – A new Marquette Law School Poll released today shows Russ Feingold is supported by 50 percent of registered voters, with Republican incumbent Ron Johnson receiving 37 percent. In November, Feingold was at 49 percent and Johnson was at 38 percent.

The poll is evidence that Feingold is still in a very strong position in these early months of 2016, despite nearly $2 million in ads run against him, and a constant barrage of negative and misleading attacks from Senator Johnson and his supporters.

ron-johnsonA few key points from this most recent poll:

  • Feingold is leading the head-to-head 50-37, up from the November Marquette poll. While it is still a long way off to the November elections, but Feingold’s lead in every public poll to date means he's off to a good start.
  • Feingold continues to enjoy strong favorability. His +14 rating (44-30) is a full 21 points higher than the incumbent Senator Johnson. These numbers seem to indicate that Wisconsin voters appreciate Feingold’s willingness to listen to them and his commitment to helping working families get ahead in this economy.
  • By contrast, Senator Johnson continues to be one of the most unpopular Senators in the nation, reaching a new low with 26 percent of Wisconsinites viewing him favorably.

Feingold will spend much of this week on a tour of Wisconsin colleges and universities, listening to students at UW River Falls, UW Eau Claire, Marquette University, UW Whitewater and UW Waukesha. By contrast, Senator Johnson spent much of this week explaining why he missed most of his Homeland Security hearings in the years leading up to his re-election.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:16
Ron Johnson should reject false attack on Russ Feingold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:36

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an editorial in Wednesday's Capital Times, the paper delivers some cold hard facts to Ron Johnson and his political attacks dogs. The editorial board writes that Senator Ron Johnson has an "obligation" to call out false and misleading partisan attacks coming from his right-wing front group.

Senator Johnson's allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to what the paper describes as "false", "untrue", and "unfair"  attacks.

Johnson's right-wing attack dogs continue their efforts to cover up for the senator's documented failures for Tomah Veterans. Even after their partisan attacks were debunked by media reports, Johnson's allies continue to parrot false talking points, and the senator has yet to denounce the attacks.

In today's editorial, the paper opines, "in the case of a recent attack that touches on particularly sensitive and concerning issues, and that clearly paints an untrue picture of Feingold, Johnson can and should make it clear he recognizes and rejects false statements regarding troubles at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah."

The editorial board's stinging criticism continues, "the Republican incumbent should step up and say the attack on his rival — by a group that the Wisconsin State Journal notes is headed by former GOP staffers — is wrong and unfair."

The paper concludes by pointing out Johnson has "a particular responsibility to made it clear that there was no failure to take action on the part of Russ Feingold — and that any suggestion that such a failure occurred is, as Lin Ellinghuysen explained, 'not truthful.'"

Read the entire editorial on the Capital Times website

Ron Johnson Comes Under Fire for Being MIA at Senate Committee Hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:36

ron_johnsonMADISON - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Senator Ron Johnson missed 60% of the hearings held by the homeland security committee and the subcommittees to which he was assigned during his first four years in office.

"Chairman Johnson is the worst kind of hypocrite," said Kory Kozloski, executive director of the state Democratic Party. "He says national security is his most important issue. But until 2015, he barely showed up to work on critical committee hearings regarding our homeland security."

Johnson's early committee attendance record includes missing hearings on homegrown terror, terrorist travel, and three separate hearings on border security. The Senator even found raising campaign dollars more important than keeping Americans safe, managing to attend fundraisers on the same days he skipped homeland security hearings.

Johnson continues to beat the drum on national security now that it is a hot-button issue during an election year, but his own campaign confirms the senator only attended 83 hearings out of a total 207 from 2011 to 2014. 

"If he really cared that much about keeping us safe," Kozloski said, "he'd have done his job when the voters weren't looking, not just when his job was at risk."

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