[Oshkosh, WI] Yesterday, Oshkosh manufacturer and U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson received an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Upon receiving the endorsement, Johnson issued the following statement:
“I truly appreciate the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business. As a small businessperson myself, I understand the important work NFIB does in representing the interests of small business, which are crucial to a vibrant economy. Small businesses are the engine for economic growth, and we need to support these businesses by limiting the size of government, reducing federal spending and debt, not increasing taxes, and creating a stable environment for job creation.”
The below release was issued yesterday from the NFIB:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Sharp, 202-314-2068
Key voting bloc knows Johnson as “one of their own”
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 21, 2010 — Today the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s leading small business association , announced its full support and endorsement of Ron Johnson for election to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin.
“Ron Johnson is a small business owner and NFIB member, which makes this endorsement especially meaningful,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations. “Our small business membership knows that Ron is one of their own, which means they are even more likely to actively support his candidacy by encouraging their employees, friends and family members to turn out and vote for him on election day.”
“Ron was inspired to run against incumbent Senator Russ Feingold when Feingold voted for the healthcare bill last year,” Goeas pointed out. “He is a vocal advocate against the law, as is NFIB. We believe that Ron’s perspective as a business owner will help the U.S. Senate develop policies that let small business do what it does best, which is create jobs and grow the economy.”
There are over 115,000 small employers in Wisconsin. Nationally, small businesses create more than half of the nation’s non-farm Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and have created more than 60 percent of net new jobs in the U.S. over the past 15 years.
Today’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on candidates’ positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes and labor and regulatory issues.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 states. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.