Last week I noted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson had hired Darren “purposeful distortion” Schmitz to serve as a consultant to his campaign, and now Johnson has gone out and scraped the bottom of the campaign staff barrel again, hiring Mark Stephens, the former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign. Stephens helped run divisive campaigns for the late Senator Jesse Helms and the former Senator Elizabeth Dole, and just before leaving his job with the RNC, Stephens was able to appoint his replacement Rob Bickhart. As the RNC’s finance director Bickhart encouraged using “fear” to solicit contributions and depicted President Obama as the Batman villain, “The Joker,” and caricatured top Democrats in fundraising presentations. Bickhart was recently fired from his post at the RNC for his role in spending RNC contributions at a bondage-themed club in West Hollywood.
Darren Schmitz and Mark Stephens…..the fact that these two individuals are among Ron Johnson’s first hires for his U.S. Senate campaign speaks volumes about the kind of campaign he plans on running, a campaign that will no doubt be as securely based in negativity and mudslinging as the campaigns of Dick Leinenkugel and Terrence Wall.