As I’ve noted here before incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson is among the most vulnerable incumbents facing reelection in 2016. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Johnson is facing a tough reelection fight against the man he beat in 2010 – former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. While Johnson did beat Feingold by 5 points in 2010, Johnson had two things working in his favor that year: a conservative wave and a midterm election in which Democratic turnout was not as high as in a presidential election year.
So in order to beat Russ Feingold in 2016 – a year that looks to favor the Democrat – Sen. Johnson seems to have adopted a unique campaign strategy:
Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “No! That can’t be true! A man of Ron Johnson’s integrity would never stoop so low!”
However, it is true, and I’ve written about on this very blog. Today I’ve got another example of how Ron Johnson’s campaign has resorted to copy-catting Russ Feingold’s campaign.
JOHNSON COPIED A RUSS FOR WISCONSIN MEMBERSHIP CARD PROMOTION
On May 28, 2015 Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate campaign sent out an email with the following subject line: “Rolling Out A Founding Member “RussBackers” Promotion.” The email read in part:
“But we still have a ways to go to build the campaign we need to win. It’s going to be the early grassroots donors who are the backbone of this effort — and we want to give you special recognition for being a part of Russ’s campaign from the very beginning. That’s why everyone who contributes to Russ’s campaign before May 31 will become founding members of our new ‘RussBackers’ and will receive a special membership card.”
Here’s an example of the “membership card” included in Russ Feingold’s email.
Fast forward just a month, and Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign followed Russ Feingold’s lead, sending out an email on June 25 announcing the “Team Ron John Grassroots Membership Program” to become a “Founding Member.” Here’s a bit from the Johnson campaign’s email.
“Today, we’re launching the #TeamRonJon Grassroots Membership Program — and we’re coming to our most dedicated supporters first with a special membership offer. This week only, you can be a founding #TeamRonJon Grassroots Gold, Silver, or Bronze Member by making your membership contribution before our June FEC Deadline.”
While I appreciate that the 2016 U.S. Senate election here in Wisconsin is not going to be won or lost on the issue of Ron Johnson’s campaign aping Russ Feingold’s campaign, but it sure does say something about Ron Johnson and how lazy, unethical, and uninspired his campaign for reelection is – and hopefully will continue to be.