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Republicans and Democrats agree: Ron Johnson should run again



The common logic in politics is that it is easier to run for an open seat than to take on an incumbent. That may not be the case for Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Despite promising he would serve no more than two terms, Johnson has not indicated whether he will run again. His party wants him to run again, and so, it seems, do democrats. Finally, the two parties can agree on something. But for different reasons. Republicans think Johnson can win again. Democrats don’t. They argue that Johnson is such a polarizing figure, so out of touch with his constituents, that he could be beaten next November. They point to his far-out comments about mouthwash beating the Coranavirus and wondering aloud “what’s the point” about vaccines if even the fully vaccinated are getting Covid. He refused to condemn those who stormed the Capitol, saying they “love this country.” One democratic strategist told Thehill.com that Ron Johnson is what you would get if QAnon and the Tea Party had a baby. So they want him to run, thinking he would be easier to beat than just about any other Republican. Don’t forget, control of the 50-50 Senate could be decided by the outcome of this contest. What will it be Senator Johnson? Plenty of political eyes are watching to find out.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Randy J Hubert

    January 4, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Ron Johnson is fiscally responsible and is a good Senator. I hope he does run and win.

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