Oshkosh, WI…Oshkosh manufacturer and U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson is making headlines as he seeks to replace 18-year incumbent Russ Feingold. Feingold, who proved his listening skills are lacking when he voted with his party to support a trillion dollar failed stimulus experiment and a government health care takeover, will be feeling the heat from voters and Ron Johnson this fall.
“Voters are rejecting Russ Feingold’s notion that more government is the answer to our fiscal and economic woes,” Johnson said. “As a manufacturer and an accountant for over thirty years, I’m prepared to take my experience creating jobs and balancing the books to Washington. It’s time to send a Wisconsin manufacturer to lead the efforts on job creation in the Senate.”
Here’s a sample of a few of the recent headlines highlighting Johnson’s candidacy:
“Feingold’s in a Fight” (CQ-Roll Call, Posted: 7/22/10)
The anti-Democratic mood of the electorate may finally be catching up to Sen. Russ Feingold, the three-term Wisconsin Democrat who’s made a career of positioning himself as something of a political outsider.
“Ron Johnson, Oshkosh, a formidable opponent for U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold” (Gannett, 7/23/10)
Ross Baker, a politics expert at Rutgers University, said that while Feingold in the past has been able to capitalize on a reputation as a maverick Democrat, “that doesn’t immunize you from an angry electorate.”
“CA, WA, WI Senate Races Move Toward GOP” (Rothenberg Political Report, 7/23/10)
Right now, Democrats look poised to lose five to eight seats, and any net loss short of that would have to be regarded with relief by Democratic strategists.