Wisconsin: Feingold Draws Another Republican Challenger

Posted May 17, 2010 at 5:59pm

Businessman Ron Johnson has added his name to what is now a crowded roster of Republicans challenging Sen. Russ Feingold (D).

Johnson, the wealthy owner of a plastics and packing company, formally announced Monday that he will run in the Sept. 14 primary, which already includes former brewing company executive Dick Leinenkugel, real estate developer Terrence Wall and businessman Dave Westlake.

Johnson’s campaign will contrast his business success to what he sees as the failures of the “professional politicians.”

“I am an accountant and a business owner. We have enough politicians in Washington,” Johnson said. “It’s about time we send someone who can count.”

Wall suggested in a statement that Johnson is getting into the race too late.

“As someone who has been out meeting with people throughout Wisconsin for the last seven months, I can tell you firsthand that their concerns for this state and this nation didn’t just start last week or last month,” Wall said.

Trevor Miller, the Feingold campaign’s political and communications director, said Johnson “is kicking off his campaign the same way his primary opponents already have — offering only empty slogans and partisan attacks instead of putting forward any plans to tackle the challenges people face.”