You know things are bad when your own party starts to turn against you. After months of gaffes, out of touch policies, and mounting concern over his suspicious $10 million payout, Republicans don’t have high hopes for Senator Ron Johnson. Even a super PAC specifically started to bankroll Johnson’s campaign, Reform America Fund, announced yesterday it would shift its resources. When it was created in 2015, the PAC pledged, “Every single penny Reform America Fund raises will be spent in Wisconsin to re-elect conservative Ron Johnson…Every. Single. Penny.” You can’t make this stuff up.
Reform America Fund’s decision is part of a growing trend as more Republicans give up on Senator Johnson. Most Republicans are now publicly saying what they’ve privately admitted for months: Senator Johnson’s out of touch policies and his record in Washington will doom him come November. Even one of the most prominent Republican pollsters, Gene Ulm, has come out and publicly said, Senator Johnson has almost no chance.
Here’s a look at the Republicans now saying Senator Johnson is likely to lose:
“Senator Johnson’s campaign is sinking, and Republicans like Charlie Sykes, Congressman Sensenbrenner and even his own super PAC are heading for the lifeboats,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Johnson’s out-of-touch policies and his string of gaffes are finally coming home to roost. The only people keeping Senator Johnson afloat are the ultra-right and special interest groups who will do anything in their desperate attempt to keep Johnson in Washington.”
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