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The Republican Senator America Can’t Afford to Lose

AMAC Exclusive – by Shane Harris

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In next year’s midterm elections, Republicans need a net gain of just one seat to flip the Senate. While the disastrous record of Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration thus far leaves GOP candidates in an apparently strong position, Republicans will still have to defend 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs. Compounding this challenge, five Republican senators have already announced their retirement, and history shows that open seats are far more difficult to defend than seats in which the incumbent runs again. Of the 29 remaining senators, 25 have said they will seek reelection, while only four remain undecided – Democrat Patrick Leahy (VT) and Republicans John Thune (SD), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Ron Johnson (WI).

Of those four, Ron Johnson’s decision will undoubtedly have the greatest impact on overall control of the Senate, and perhaps on the future direction of the Republican Party. For starters, it’s unlikely that Democrats will lose Leahy’s seat in deep blue Vermont, or that Republicans will lose Murkowski or Thune’s seat in deep red Alaska and South Dakota. In purple Wisconsin however, which went for Biden by a mere 20,000 votes in 2020 after Trump won there by about the same margin in 2016, holding on to Johnson’s seat may be a much more difficult proposition for Republicans.

Perhaps even more consequentially, since first winning election to the Senate in 2010, Johnson has been a stalwart defender of conservative ideals, showing great integrity and resolve even when other members of his own party have not. He has also worked tirelessly to better the lives of people in his home state, exhibiting a selfless commitment to public service that is all too rare among elected officials today. At a time when the country desperately needs both strength and compassion from its leaders, losing Johnson’s voice in the Senate could be a major blow to Republicans – and indeed the entire country – even if the GOP manages to hold on to his seat.

Johnson became something of a celebrity among Republicans before even being sworn in after defeating three-term incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold. Prior to Johnson’s victory, no Republican had won a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin since Robert Kasten, Jr. in 1986 – who was defeated by Feingold in 1992. A quiet businessman who had never before considered running for public office, Johnson saw the disastrous consequences of President Obama’s policies early on and stepped forward into the fray to help prevent the United States from being turned into a “socialist, European-style” state.

With the help of other like-minded conservatives and local Tea Party activists, Johnson won and never looked back. His class of Republicans took control of Congress back from Democrats, helping stem the flood of liberal policies emanating from the Obama White House.

Then, wrongly left for dead and cut off from funding by the Washington establishment in his 2016 reelection campaign, Johnson fought it out and won the seat a second time.

In the years since, Johnson has built perhaps the most impressive resume of any Republican currently serving in Congress, at least from the standpoint of facing down radical Democrats, the liberal media, and the soft approach of some elected officials inside the GOP.

On several occasions, Johnson took stances on issues that he knew he would be mercilessly criticized for, only to be vindicated later on. Along with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Johnson was one of the first Congressional Republicans to push for answers on the origins of COVID-19, insisting that the lab-leak hypothesis was a viable possibility last year. The New York Times lambasted Johnson as the “foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation” in part for that theory, a theory that later came to be regarded as not only a possibility but even a likelihood.

Instead of gloating, Johnson has continued to push for answers on COVID-19, holding government officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci accountable for their shaky record on both preventative and early treatments  for the virus.

Johnson also took the lead on the investigation into the Biden family’s ties to foreign governments, including in Ukraine and China, from his post as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Although the media and unelected bureaucrats inside the federal government desperately tried to delay and downplay the damning final report, which was released just over a year ago, Johnson’s work ultimately raised new questions about Hunter Biden’s business dealings and how much involvement Joe Biden had in advancing his son in roles he was otherwise thoroughly unqualified for.

Johnson’s questioning even apparently drew the attention of the FBI, which Johnson says sent “briefers” to “warn” him that he was the target of “Russian disinformation.” Johnson wasn’t buying it, and demanded to know who sent the briefers to try to intimidate him.

True to form, the media claimed Johnson’s findings about Joe and Hunter Biden were nothing more than “conspiracy theories.” But in the months since, Twitter has been forced to apologize for censoring a bombshell New York Post story on Hunter Biden, the entire Biden family has faced conflict of interest concerns over Hunter’s bizarre new career as an artist, and new evidence continues to emerge about the President’s knowledge of his son’s misadventures. Once again, Johnson looks to be vindicated, this time for inspiring more investigation into the Bidens. Nonetheless, he’s still looking for more answers, insisting that the American people deserve to know the full truth about the Bidens’ involvement with foreign governments.

The media also slammed Johnson for suggesting that the FBI knew more about the January 6  Capitol riot than they were letting on. CNN called it a “ridiculous conspiracy theory,” while Johnson also faced the wrath of the ever-irascible Amy Klobuchar inside the halls of the Senate for his statements. Then came the news from the New York Times late last month that at least one FBI informant was among those who entered the Capitol, whose texts supported Johnson’s theory. Don’t expect an apology from the media voices and Democrats who slandered Johnson anytime soon.

The list goes on for Johnson. He was an early advocate of Right to Try legislation, which President Trump ultimately signed into law in 2018. He has demanded answers from Biden officials for the ongoing crisis at the border, blamed Biden’s border policies for the increasing number of human trafficking cases, called out military officials for their descent into wokeness, and strongly opposed radical leftist indoctrination in school classrooms. On every issue facing the country today, Johnson has remained true to his conservative roots and led, even in the face of withering attacks from the media and the left-wing mob.

In Wisconsin, Johnson has leveraged his business acumen and dedication to serving his constituents through programs like the Joseph Project, which he founded in 2015. The initiative helps connect employers to job seekers, in particular formerly incarcerated individuals and those looking to turn their lives around through honest work. Working with local pastors, the Joseph Project hosts week-long sessions to teach job seekers the skills they need not only to land a job, but to be financially stable and successful long-term. Upon completing the program, every participant is guaranteed an interview for a well-paying entry-level job.

To date, the program has graduated more than 500 people and has expanded from its original base in Milwaukee to serve other cities throughout the state.

In short, Johnson has consistently displayed courage — the indispensable virtue that was integral to the founding of this country and to its preservation in trying times, but which is equally lacking among many leaders of both parties today. He showed the courage to adhere to certain core principles even when it would be easier not to, and the courage to fight battles that he knows he is likely to lose simply because it is the right thing to do. For a party that has long been plagued by its leaders caving under pressure from Democrats, media, and outside groups, and for a country that is too often led by cowards, Johnson’s continued presence in the Senate would be a very welcome development.

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Mario Capparuccini
5 days ago

A true champion. But even a champion becomes exhausted by the continuing and relentless attacks of radical, communist devils.

Karen
5 days ago

We need Ron Johnson. He is the best!!!!! Please, Ron, please save the Reps. We cannot afford losing any Rep now. Please, please, please, ……we love you

Sandy Wuteska
7 days ago

Dear Ron;
You have been our absolute best advocate in the Senate! You must stay and continue to fight for us! You’re not afraid to hold people’s feet to the fire. You’re one of the few who really gets it! You fight for “We the People”! Please stay with us! We need you now more than ever!

DebS
7 days ago
Reply to  Sandy Wuteska

Yes, Senator Johnson is a class act, I’ve seen him be interviewed my times. He knows what he is talking about and never lets the opposition rattle him. We do need him and others like him, i.e. Rand Paul, Ron DeSantis, etc.

Becky
7 days ago

Johnson is a “Midwesterner”. The land of hard work, kind people, and scrupulous ethics.

Carol Murphy
7 days ago

I read your magazine cover to cover and am so glad I found something that I feel is honest news. Hard to find these days. I am so sad that my grandchildren are facing all these lies from dems. The future to me is bleak. Keep up the good work!

Randal Karcz
7 days ago

Although I now live in Arizona, I was born in Green Bay and lived 3/4 of my life in the Badger state. I am very pleased by Senator Johnson’s willingness to defend conservative values and to speak plain and simple truth when he is interviewed. He truly represents the majority of genuine, rational Wisconsinites who don’t live in Milwaukee or Dane counties. Wisconsin and the rest of America needs Ron Johnson to be elected for another Senate term.

lindylou
7 days ago

Amac can you facilitate a group letter of appreciation from conservatives to Senator Ron Johnson with encouragement to stay on the job? I’m sure Amac subscribers would jump on the chance to thank Senator Johnson.

RN
7 days ago

Hoping Senator Ron Johnson will NOT step down. He has done an amazing job fighting for America! We need him! Thank you for your hard work! Please stay! I can’t imagine how hard it is right now with all the issues but people ARE waking up and I pray things will get back on track!

D.P.
7 days ago

I’m sorry, but no one is indispenseable, no one…..how can it be that the whole system and it’s capacity to move and act hinge on one repub. What about all the rest…what about the many who are yet to be catalysts for change. Forgive my ignorance, but I don’t believe much of what comes from polititians, and not much more from any media….making me a cynic. But that’s me…….While Sen. Johnson is a fine man, and perhaps a fine senator….but having been in office since 2010 leaves me wondering why so little has changed over time. How this nation is far worse off ……and not just because dems are so terrible ….but repubs are , in my mind’s eye, ineffective and weak.

Mike Coons
7 days ago

I disagree re comments on Alaska/Murkowski! 1. We now have rank choice voting 2. Lisa is a sleaze and plays dirty politics 3. Kelly Tshibaka is ahead in polls over LisaAlaska has turned more purple and that is scary!

Gen.Patton
8 days ago

Senator Johnson is. great American, and a man of faith and values. Thank God for him, imagine working with the scummiest Marxist Democrats on earth.

Nov. 2022 we take back America !!!!

fred
8 days ago

Sen. Johnson was a businessman not a politician, that alone makes him a preferable candidate, although I don’t live in WI, so am not familiar with his record but what I have seen has been good.
Many or most “politicians” are only in it for the money they can make thru fraud and deceit and the power trip they get while doing nothing but lie when talking.
Biden and his family are the best example of that. If you don’t understand that, you must be a dimorat.
I am very concerned about America’s future and you should be too.
The Republican Party is the only hope America has to have a future.

Trump4King
8 days ago

Article was propagandist garbage.
Every one of these RINO traitors must go, along with all of the Marxist DemonRats.
After President Trump is reelected, again, in 2024, he needs a strong GOP congress behind him.

C Addazio
8 days ago
Reply to  Trump4King

LOL – he’ll be in an orange jump suit long before the election. Johnson’s a whavk job who would only be attractive to fascist dimwits

John Williams
8 days ago

I haven’t studied the man intensely as he is not one of my Senator’s, but every time I have heard him speak he seems to say the right things, ask the right questions and be cognizant of the issues.

bruce b
8 days ago

Ron johnson, “integrity ” give me brake.This feckless old fart needs to be sent packing.

Kit K
8 days ago
Reply to  bruce b

You should tap the “brakes” on your name calling and bad spelling — both undermine you, not Johnson.

EvelynO
7 days ago
Reply to  bruce b

You are a feckless old fart!!!!

Roland
8 days ago

Amen.

MikePend1
8 days ago

Ron Johnson needs to stay at least another 4 years. We need him! I love the way he speaks and thinks. He is a Republican bulldog who does not back down. Pls stay Ron!

Thomasc
8 days ago

I wish Sen. Johnson well in his bid. My concern as always is to beware of the Mitch McConnell group and whether the GOP establishment will adequately support Johnson. McConnell seems to be supporting the democrats wanting to go far far left so that his group can pick up support from the center-left and center. McConnell’s group has not to my understanding ever actively supported GOP members who seemed conservative. Its best to try to keep McConnell out of the way if he won’t provide the GOP’s financial support. Its all about Power so don’t assume that McConnell will be on any conservative’s side.

Edward Wooldridge
8 days ago

Whatever happened to never, never give up, or when the going gets tough the tough get going. We need Senator Johnson to stay the course. He’s both a great man, and Statesman. But, when your country needs you to win the war you don’t turn your back and walk away. You hold the banner high and march to the front of the line. I’m praying that Senator Johnson will do the right thing.

Gloria
8 days ago

I wonder who Senator Johnson would recommend to replace him.

Michael Peterson
8 days ago

Lisa Murkowski needs to be primaried and replaced by a conservative. She is a RINO and totally untrustworthy.

Gloria
8 days ago

Amen to that. She was put into office by her father – and has been kept there by lies and fraud.

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