Wisconsin Paper Endorses Feingold After Johnson Deer-In-Headlights Moment

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October 20, 2010 10:25 a.m.
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That didn’t take long. The Wisconsin newspaper that had Republican Senate hopeful Ron Johnson at a loss for words over how to help the middle class has just endorsed his opponent, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). What’s more, the paper cites stumping Johnson as a key driver of their decision.

“Oshkosh businessman and political newcomer Ron Johnson, also has voiced his support for spending controls and fiscal responsibility in Washington,” the endorsement reads. “His plan for righting the U.S. economy, however, comes across as one-note: establish a hard spending cap, reduce government interference and allow businesses to flourish.”

These are principles with which we agree; however, Johnson seemed unable to further articulate his plan for job creation — especially for the middle class — during a recent meeting with the Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial board. Basic principles of restraint are one thing; a detailed proposal to spur job creation and get our economy moving is another.

Emphasis ours.

Just for context, the Green Bay Press Gazette is not reflexively friendly to Feingold. This is the first time they’ve ever endorsed him, having always supported his opponents in previous races.

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