The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured GOP US Senate candidate Ron Johnson in it’s Election 2010 coverage on Saturday September 25th, 2010. The may thrust of the conversation was federal spending and what Mr. Johnson thought was a better idea for federal budgeting. But he still hasn’t defined where he thinks the meat of federal waste and spending resides and where he thinks the major cuts should come from.
While running on a theme of smaller government, GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson said Friday he did not plan to lay out in detail what federal programs he wants to cut, suggesting it would only serve to make him the target of attacks.
There’s billions of dollars . . . that from my standpoint would be available for cutting. But I’m not going to get in the game here and, you know, start naming specific things to be attacked about, quite honestly,” said Johnson during an appearance at the Milwaukee Press Club.
So Mr. Johnson once again is satisfied speaking in generalities and not specifics. He implies he has specific ideas on what to cut but he isn’t willing to share it with the media or prospective voters because he is afraid of ridicule? Seriously? It’s an election campaign for the US Senate for crying out loud. If this is one of the issues he sees that separates him from incumbent Senator Feingold, I’d think it would be imperative to detail the differences between the candidates.
Mr. Johnson states later in the article that he is unused to being a newsmaker…so is he too thin skinned to make his views public? Isn’t putting your ideas out there part and parcel of being a successful business leader? Or is it that he isn’t comfortable articulating his ideas to the press or general public yet? But communication skills are always high on the list of leadership skills from every business consultant I have ever read, so shouldn’t communication be one of Mr. Johnson’s talents as a successful business leader? Or is there a fear that his ideas won’t stand up to the light of day? Success in business is usually the ability to provide the new ideas necessary to grow and develop the business, but just as importantly the ability to articulate those ideas to the workforce and actually move the company in the direction required to be successful. Mr. Johnson doesn’t seem to be able or willing to perform the tasks indicative of a successful businessman in his quest for the US Senate seat.
And lastly, the article states that Mr. Johnson ‘fielded questions from reporters about a long list of issues.’ When from the gist of the article itself, it appears that, no, actually he didn’t!