Heard on the Hill

Waiter Turns Tables on Ron Johnson

Remember the Sheboygan Falls food server who tweeted that Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is “kind of a jerk”? As it turns out, the author of that tweet thinks Johnson is an OK guy. He even voted for him.

“Mr. Johnson was nothing but polite and professional when serving him,” Greg Scheidt wrote to HOH on Tuesday. Scheidt waited on Johnson and friends at the Bull at Pinehurst Farms golf course and restaurant. At some point during the evening, Scheidt tweeted: “Serving Ron Johnson at work, I started off excited to see a US Senator and to serve him … But turns out hes kinda a jerk haha #RJSucks.”

Scheidt has since taken the tweet down and told HOH he wasn’t trying to “make any trouble.”

“[W]hat I said about Mr. Johnson was more about that I disagree with him on some things politically,” Scheidt wrote in an email. “I thought my [T]witter was private and thought the tweet would only go out to my close friends. My comment was sarcastic and I said it jokingly and was only meant for friends to see. I did not mean to offend anyone at all, that’s the last thing I want.”

Scheidt appears to have mixed feelings about Johnson politically, but that’s the extent of his beef.

“I did vote for Ron Johnson and I do not regret that. There are some things I disagree with him politically and that is what I meant in the tweet. I did not mean to say he was being a jerk to me or any of the servers. Sorry for the confusion.

“I do apologize but I don’t think newspapers should use tweets and and take them seriously,” he added.

Contacted for comment, Johnson’s office provided HOH with this statement: “I appreciate the young man clarifying the record.” He also asked for Roll Call to make a retraction of the story, which he called “false and misleading.”

Roll Call Editor David Rapp said the paper stands by its original reporting.

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