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Sen. Johnson's Torturous Affair With Donald Trump Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:06

ron-johnsonJohnson clumsily tried to explain the difference between support and endorse of Trump, but he made no sense, especially when you remember that the two words are synonyms.

MADISON - Senator Johnson is so committed to Donald Trump that he’d rather change the English language than pull his support from the racist, xenophobic, and sexist presumptive Republican nominee. On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Johnson clumsily tried to explain the difference between support and endorse. The Senator's explanation of the difference between support and endorse made no sense, especially when you remember that the two words are synonyms.

CNN: Vulnerable Republican parses difference between 'support' and 'endorsement' of Trump
By Tom LoBianco
June 19, 2016

Watch: Sen. Ron Johnson on CNN's State of the Union

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican facing a tough re-election bid, tamped down previous comments that he would endorse the Republican nominee, saying Sunday that he was only prepared to "support" Donald Trump.

"To me, 'endorsement' is a big embrace. It basically shows that I pretty well agree with an individual on almost everything. That's not necessarily going to be the case with our nominee," Johnson told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "I'll certainly be an independent voice. Where I disagree with a particular nominee I'll voice it. Whether it's Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or somebody else, I'll voice those disagreements."

Last month, shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, Johnson told The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram that he was "going to certainly" endorse Trump.

"I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump," Johnson had said.

Johnson's shift comes as a chorus of Republicans have either distanced themselves from Trump or outwardly said they will oppose him in November. Some incumbent Republicans facing tough re-elections, like Illinois' Mark Kirk, have said they cannot even support Trump. Richard Armitage, a former top aide to President George W. Bush, announced last week he would vote for Hillary Clinton.

House Speaker Paul Ryan -- who has maintained his endorsement of Trump, but become one of his most high-profile critics in the party -- offered cover to other Republicans, saying that he would understand anyone who could not support Trump because of their "conscience."

And while Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, there are currently efforts underway by some Republicans to upend his nomination, something Johnson may have hinted at Sunday.

"It's been my intention to support the nominee. And again, nobody can predict the outcome of this thing. So I think things remain reasonably uncertain," he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:15
New Polls Bad News for Sen. Johnson, Kochs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:44

ron-johnsonMADISON - Last week saw two new polls on the Wisconsin Senate race – a new Marquette University Law School poll and a Public Policy Polling survey.

The results of both polls look much like the results from 17 other public polls on this race.

  • Russ Feingold is leading Senator Johnson

  • He’s ahead 51-42 among likely voters in Marquette

  • He’s ahead 51-41 in PPP

But there’s one big difference this time.

Since the conclusion of Wisconsin’s spring elections and presidential primary in April, outside groups have moved into Wisconsin in a very big way.

  • The outside conservative groups Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Action Fund, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Let America Work and Judicial Crisis Network have all run TV ads either attacking Russ Feingold or promoting the Koch Brothers’ “model legislator” Senator Johnson.

  • These outside groups have outspent the Feingold campaign by a margin of 5 to 1, bringing nearly $5 million in corporate and special interest money into the race on behalf of Senator Johnson.

A $5 million corporate and special interest-funded advertising blitz is a pretty major investment. And we’re sure both the Koch brothers and Senator Johnson expected to see some returns.

But, as the Cap Times reported: after nearly $5 million in false and misleading dark money attacks on Senator Johnson’s behalf, his allies have failed to move the needle in Johnson’s favor. In the face of a relentless ad blitz by the Koch network and other outside groups, Russ has actually extended his lead amongst likely voters by 6 points since the last MU poll: 51-42.

It’s been widely reported that Senator Johnson has essentially outsourced his own campaign to groups from outside of Wisconsin in the hopes their money can breathe life into his low-energy campaign. If these early reports are any indication, that outsourcing is working as well for the senator as his outsourcing policies have worked for the people of Wisconsin.

Of course, if the Koch brothers can’t keep Senator Johnson in Washington, he can always ride Donald Trump’s coattails.

Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by People for the American Way   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:44

donald-trumpARLINGTON, VA – On Wednesday, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta will join People For the American Way (PFAW) to mark the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and launch PFAW’s new campaign, ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate.’

Since June 16th of last year, when he infamously described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” at his campaign launch, Trump has only increased his attacks against immigrants and Latinos. Starting on Thursday, new Spanish-language ads from PFAW will run for four weeks, highlighting Donald Trump’s campaign of hate thus far.

The press conference on Wednesday, co-hosted by CASA in Action (Virginia), will include more details on the ad launch. At the event, Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner, will share her story about why she’s becoming a citizen to vote against Donald Trump. She will discuss her personal interactions with Donald Trump, including how he derogatorily referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy.” Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and is a board member of PFAW, will discuss the importance of the Latino vote and speak out against the hate Donald Trump has displayed over the last year. Virginia leader and former elected official J. Walter Tejada will focus on the Latino vote in Virginia, and leaders from PFAW and CASA in Action will speak about their stand against Trump’s bigotry.

WHO: Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner and soon-to-be first-time voter

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation*, board member of People For the American Way

J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member and first chairman of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission

Lizet Ocampo, manager of political campaigns at People For the American Way and director of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program

Luis Aguilar, advocacy and elections specialist of CASA in Action

WHAT: Press Conference: Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch

WHERE: Atlacatl Restaurant, 4701 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204

If you are not able to attend in person, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for video of the event.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th at 1 PM

*Dolores Huerta’s title and affiliation to the Dolores Huerta Foundation are for identification purposes only.

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