Green Bay Press-Gazette
May 7, 2016
Over the coming months, you will hear a lot about the candidates running for office here in Wisconsin.
That’s why I want to speak to you firsthand about my good friend, Ron Johnson. He is a father, a manufacturer and a man with strong convictions and values.
He epitomizes the Wisconsin values that we hold dear: building consensus around commonsense principles to improve people’s lives, while limiting the excessive role of Washington.
Ron ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 because Washington was full of too many lawyers and not enough real people from the private sector. Essentially, Washington was way too Washington. It still is today and Ron is fighting to take commonsense Wisconsin values to the U.S. Senate.
As a citizen legislator whose background is in manufacturing, he knows how to fight for jobs here in Wisconsin, and stand up for the interests of everyday people. He was never an insider, never will be an insider — it’s not who he is.
Ron wants to get things done. Being a senator isn’t another line on his resume, it’s an opportunity to fight for the people of Wisconsin.
During his first year in office, he pushed for a moratorium on all new regulations because of the struggling economy; the last thing a Wisconsin shop owner needed was more red tape from an unelected bureaucrat.
The same holds true for national security and veterans’ affairs. As chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Ron is demanding hearings and safe, practical solutions to the Syrian refugee crisis.
In his leadership role, he has sponsored legislation to protect whistleblowers like those who uncovered the tragedies that occurred at the Tomah VA, and he called for a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS and other threats to our nation.
He also passed a bill enhancing the Visa Waiver Program in order to keep terrorists off of U.S soil.
Frankly, voters like me are tired of the Washington business as usual. We are tired of politicians who put the interests of out-of-state donors and special interests ahead of what is best for us.
Ron’s opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, spent 18 years in Washington. He then spent the next six years trying to get back there after Wisconsin voters told him no.
Following his defeat, Feingold formed a political action committee that served as a personal ATM for himself and his political staff. Now, he’s turning to those same donors to fund his campaign — casting aside his principles as they get in the way of his political motives.
His values and beliefs have fundamentally changed. He is no longer the Russ Feingold who painted promises on his garage door and championed campaign finance reform — Washington changed him.
But that hasn’t happened to Ron. He’s not in this for himself, he’s spent years as a successful businessman creating jobs here in Wisconsin.
This year, I hope you and your neighbors join me, stand up for Wisconsin values and support Ron Johnson this November.
Brad Courtney is chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.