Appearing on Charlie Sykes’ radio program earlier today, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson made it abundantly clear that his primary motivation for jumping into Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race wasn’t out of a desire to serve the citizens of Wisconsin, but rather because he’s a rich guy with an ego:

Charlie Sykes: Was there a moment where you’re sitting on your couch, and you go, maybe its gonna be me. Maybe that I have, maybe I’m the guy that has to step forward and, and, and do this thing.

Ron Johnson: You know there actually was. I was watching FOX News and, uh, Dick Morris came on. He was talking about, uh, hey Russ Feingold is really, really vulnerable. Hey, if you’re a rich guy in the state of Wisconsin maybe you ought to decide to run.

Ron Johnson has certainly chosen an interesting campaign strategy in eschewing the typical, “I chose to run because I want to serve” line in favor of brutal honesty, but the fact that Johnson based his decision to run for the U.S. Senate on the fact that he’s rich and he thinks Sen. Russ Feingold is vulnerable speaks volumes about Johnson’s level of commitment to the race, as well as the kind of person he is.

But hey….here’s a suggestion on a possible campaign slogan for Ron Johnson, based on his reasons for running: “Vote for me – I’m the other rich Republican!”

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10 Responses to Ron Johnson: “I’m running because I’m a rich guy”

  1. He seems to have taken an Arlen Specter seminar in honest political opportunism.

    • Zach W says:

      I suppose he deserves credit for being honest, but what I’m wondering is why each of the rich guys running for the Republicans has committed gaffes right out of the gate.

  2. mike says:

    On the Mark Belling show Ron said he doesn’t even want to be a Senator….So much for honor and integrity.

  3. forgotmyscreenname says:

    He’s merely identifying the realities of taking on a well-financed incumbent.

  4. forgotmyscreenname says:

    Herb Kohl has been in office for 22 years and I’m still waiting to hear what his desire is to serve as our Senator.

  5. Mike B says:

    “Herb Kohl has been in office for 22 years and I’m still waiting to hear what his desire is to serve as our Senator.”

    Assuming that you consider yourself a conservative, I need to ask if you are still for LIMITED GOVERNMENT? Or are you flip flopping to become a dissenter? Amusing

  6. […] more to being a Senator than just being really wealthy…I’m looking at you Ron Johnson, just because you’re rich, doesn’t mean you should be a Senator. Sure it makes it […]

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