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Sen. Ron Johnson Confirms Obstructionist Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:48

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON – After weeks of leading the charge on obstructing a vote on a nominee to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States, today, Sen. Ron Johnson confirmed what we already knew: Wisconsin's senior Senator really does not want to do his job. 

SHOT: Last week, Sen. Ron Johnson appeared on a Conservative Political Action Conference panel titled "The Lights Go Down In The City: The Journey to Energy Self-Sufficiency." Johnson doubled down on his refusal to do his job and revealed Republicans' motives for obstruction.

"And let me assure everybody, because I know there's some concerns, the Republican majority in the Senate will not allow the Supreme Court to flip. You can take that one to the bank, we will not allow that to happen." [CPAC Panel, 3.3.16]

CHASER: During an interview this morning, Sen. Ron Johnson made his most pointed comments yet on the issue when asked if things would be different if the president was a Republican.  

"Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you’re replacing — if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it."

"But when you’re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court — you know, let’s face it, I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion — President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court," [Talking Points Memo, 3.10.16]

Sen. Johnson expressed what the entire Republican obstruction caucus is thinking, but are too afraid to say out loud. Johnson's concern with the court flipping is the pinnacle of politicizing the one branch of the federal government that should be above the fray of partisan politics.

Sen. Ron Johnson should quit playing partisan games and do his job.

 
Ron Johnson Follows Through on Pledge to Support GOP Nominee PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:13

donald-trumpMADISON - One day after Donald Trump’s dominating performance on Super Tuesday, and Ron Johnson is already falling in line behind his party’s front runner (he's been doing so for a while...).  The GOP has long prepared for the day when Donald Trump becomes their party’s nominee.  Now that Trump is marching toward the Republican nomination, let’s review just how well Sen. Johnson has towed the line:

SHOT: Washington Post: Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee [3/2/16]

ron-johnsonCHASER: Sen. Ron Johnson on Trump’s march toward the GOP nomination: “I’ll accentuate the positive of anybody. I’ll look for areas of agreement... I like the fact that he knows how to negotiate...I mean that’s one of his appeals.”

As Bloomberg News Reports:

At least some in the party began showing a willingness to get behind Trump after his big night. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who faces an uphill run for reelection in a state won twice by Barack Obama, said Wednesday he sees the Trump's appeal to voters.

Johnson, like Trump, left a lucrative life in business for politics in a bid to shake up Washington.

"I'll accentuate the positive of anybody," he said. "I'll look for areas of agreement.”

Lime: What he's trying to say is...

"I will support the Republican nominee." - Sen. Ron Johnson

 
For Johnson, Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis “A Huge Problem” He’ll Do Nothing About PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:58

ron-johnsonMADISON - Johnson famously said “doing nothing is also an action.” That phrase has taken on a much darker meaning today.

In the face of a full-fledged opioid crisis that is ravaging our communities, Ron Johnson again chose to stand with Washington Republicans at the expense of Wisconsinites suffering from addiction.

When faced with a chance to act on this crisis, today Johnson again chose inaction by voting against $600 million in emergency funding to fight the national opioid epidemic. Families in Wisconsin and across the country will go without the prevention and education provided for in the Shaheen amendment.  They’ll go without increased treatment.  And they’ll go without additional aid to local law enforcement to combat this crisis.

Prescription and heroin overdoses are at an all-time high according to the CDC.

“Senator Ron Johnson has called the opioid epidemic ‘a huge problem.’  But when presented with an opportunity to actually do something for the countless Wisconsin families afflicted by this crisis, Johnson voted against helping the families he’s supposed to represent," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. “For Sen. Johnson, not even a national tragedy is worth breaking ranks with his party.”

 
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