Johnson is Among the most provocative voices in the post-Trump Washington era, they expressed their opinions on “black life issues” and the Capitol uprising, and unintentionally prevented irritating inspections, which caused controversy almost daily. Last year, he investigated the son of current President Joe Biden, and maintained unity with the new Democratic president on campaign proposals. Although the senator said five years ago that he would not seek re-election, he is currently unsure whether he will run for president in 2022.
Officially, Republicans in the Senate want him to run again.However, after the Republican Party formed an alliance with McConnell, Johnson had a cold relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and in the final months of his first re-election campaign, he released Johnson on bail. In 201
Republicans want clarification because they have defended Joe Biden’s public seat in the state of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign last year in Pennsylvania. With an average of 50 seats per party in the Senate, a vacillating race like Wisconsin can decide the majority of seats in 2023.
But Johnson is taking time. Freezing may be one of the most expensive and competitive battlefields in the U.S. Senate. He said in a brief interview: “I still have a long time to decide.”
Moreover, Democrats believe that they may have a better blow by defeating the current president of former Senator Ross Fingold (D. Wis.) in back-to-back matches in 2010 and 2016.
After the Republican senator recently announced his retirement, the chances of Democrats flipping Republican seats in Missouri and Ohio have greatly increased, resulting in split open primaries. Otherwise, it is red. But in Wisconsin, Wisconsin, the United States is one of the most divided swing states, Democrats counter-intuitively stated that they are in favor of facing Johnson again, even though Johnson shocked their party twice on election day.
The chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, Ben Wikler, said that after Johnson’s recent controversial headlines, he saw an “explosive growth” of small donations and volunteers. Wikler warned that it is impossible to predict the most viable candidate within a year and a half after the election, but he said that defeating the senator could send a “broader message.”
Wikler said in an interview: “My hope is that Ron Johnson will lose so badly that Republicans rethink the political style of extremes, fear, conspiracy, and conspiracy theories. The past four years have brought deep scars to the country.”
its. Gary Peters The new chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (D-Mich.) does not think the current position is beneficial to Johnson. call Peters lied in December: “I just think Wisconsin is a great opportunity for us to get a seat. And I don’t think it was Senator Johnson or someone else.”
Johnson ridiculed the desire of Democrats to face him, saying that he “will not care about their ideas.” He avoided the question of whether the appointment has the advantage in the game.
“I am not a political expert. When I decide whether to run, I will cross that bridge,” he said. Johnson is a businessman who has never sought public office since he started running for office in 2010, but he admits that being a senator is “always a frustrating job”.
Former President Donald Trump encouraged Johnson to re-elect. Senator R-Fla. of the National Republican Senate Committee said he was optimistic that the senator would seek re-election.
However, given the tenacious political alliance between the two parties, many Republicans, including McConnell, remained silent. Minority leader According to senior Senate Republican aides familiar with internal developments, Johnson and Johnson.Johnson believes McConnell reduced the bait as early as 2016, Although Johnson won the rematch with Feingold and helped consolidate the Republican majority during Trump’s presidency. Sources close to McConnell said that McConnell will still support Johnson if he runs for president again.
“No one thought Ron Johnson could win the first victory. No one thought Ron Johnson would be elected a second time,” a GOP senator said. “If he has a greater chance than anyone else to become a Republican senator from Wisconsin, we will serve him.”
NRSC spokesperson Chris Hartline praised Johnson for “opposing the radical left’s big government agenda and attacking working-class Americans” and said that if he runs again, the committee will “actively fight” to support him. The final election with him.
Some Republicans Also worried that if Johnson (Johnson) runs, his surgery will not be able to prepare for the fierce campaign. At the end of last year, Johnson’s campaign account was only $560,000, which is much lower than most current lawmakers. He is not expected to make a big move in the first quarter of this year, according to a report from the Federal Election Commission on April 15. However, Johnson is still very rich and can raise part of his campaign funds.
Johnson has made up his mind for a long time, and if he retires, he may deprive potential substitutes of time to establish their own campaigns. Johnson’s allies dispelled these concerns and pointed out that he did not officially launch his 2016 campaign until May of the general election year, and that the shortened primary election could actually benefit the replacement if he chooses not to run, as in 2010. What the year did to him.
Andrew Hitt, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, said Johnson can wait The decision will not be made until early 2022, and the biggest impact will be those who may succeed him.
“We must win Wisconsin. We must hold the seat in the hands of the Republican Party, and he will not do anything harmful to the danger.” Hitt said. “I am not worried that he will sit down and relax in 2021 and do nothing.”
Brandon Scholz, a Wisconsin political strategist who was previously involved in the Republican election campaign, said that the Democrats had regarded Johnson as a villain target. He “played it lightly and spoke his own thoughts.”
“This gave him a lot of opportunities to use what he said. But don’t think “he is a pusher” to read it,” Scholes said. “If he decides to run, then he is tenacious and he is hard to beat.”
Despite Johnson’s notoriety among Democrats, the incumbent still has serious advantages, including fundraising, popularity, and existing political networks. Moreover, if Johnson retires, it will create an open primary election at the end of next summer, which may cause friction within the party-the Democrats themselves are facing a costly and highly competitive nomination contest.
Two Democrats are already running-Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Ortagami County.Billionaire Bucks owner and Democratic super donor Mark Rasri’s son Rasri announced on Thursday that he had raised more than $1 million for the campaign, of which only The $50,000 comes from his own personal funds. Several other Democrats can also run, including State Treasury Secretary Sarah Godlewski (Sarah Godlewski) and Governor Mandela Barnes (Mandela Barnes), creating a crowded primaries for next year’s primaries. field of.
Johnson ran for Senate as a senator in 2010, emphasizing his business career, and spent less than $9 million with his own money to win a seat. Recently, he was controversial in investigating Hunter Biden as the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and told radio interviewers last month that he was not worried about the Capitol riots, even if the intruders were “thousands”. Ten thousand people, black life is very important, and Antifa protesters also participated.”
Former Democrat Dave Cieslewicz (Dave Cieslewicz) The Mayor of Madison said that Johnson may have alienated some of the swing voters he needs, but he will not leave easily.
Ceslevich said: “If he runs again, we might be better because he said some incredibly stupid things. I do think it alienates moderate voters.” But he warned: Democrats “Always underestimated that guy.”