United States Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is toying with the idea of not running for reelection in the 2022 midterms because he does not feel that his tenure in Congress “has been particularly successful.”
The understatement of the year was included in a report in the Wisconsin State Journal that was published on Thursday in which Johnson was described as frustrated with the lack of progress in Washington. Of course, that is entirely the fault of the obstructionist GOP, of which Johnson has been an integral part.
“I want to make sure that this U.S. Senate seat is retained in Republican hands. You see what the media’s doing to me. I may not be the best candidate. I wouldn’t run if I don’t think I could win, if I don’t think I was the best person to be able to win, Johnson told conservative commentator Lisa Boothe in an interview on Gingrich 360 on Wednesday.
“This is an incredibly frustrating place here,” Johnson said. “Having come from the private sector, running a successful business. Being able to accomplish things. When you just see the dysfunction that is Washington D.C., it can be pretty frustrating.”
Johnson elaborated that he is particularly disappointed with the Republican Party’s failure to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – more broadly known as Obamacare – as well as its inability to rein in the nation’s astronomical public debt (nevermind that trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the rich which he supported were the primary catalyst for huge budget deficits and more debt).
Democrats, meanwhile, have pounced on Johnson’s woe-is-me tactic.
Philip Shulman, a spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said that Johnson’s shortcomings as a lawmaker are obvious.
“We, like many Wisconsinites, agree with Ron Johnson that his 12 years in the Senate has not been successful for Wisconsin,” he quipped in a statement. “Johnson’s self-serving agenda attempted to strip protections for pre-existing conditions from Wisconsinites, encouraged people not to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and sowed dysfunction in DC.”
Read the full report here via the Wisconsin State Journal.
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