Ron Johnson Answers "Rich Guy" Call (5/18/10)
Scandal-ridden Talking Head Dick Morris ‘Talks’ to Johnson
MADISON — Multimillionaire Tea Party extremist Ron Johnson officially entered the Republican primary for U.S. Senate yesterday. In separate interviews, Johnson said that the moment he decided to run came while he was watching Fox News talking head Dick Morris on TV call for a “rich guy from Wisconsin” to run for Senate. After watching the segment, Johnson wonders if the pundit was “talking” to him.
Dick Morris, the Republican-turned Democrat-turned Republican became famous when, while working for President Clinton in 1996, reports and pictures surfaced that he had allowed a prostitute he was seeing to listen in on conversations he was having with the President. Morris was also reportedly involved in the 2007 “DC Madam” sex scandal as well.
Last evening, multimillionaire Johnson told WLUK in Green Bay about being inspired by Dick Morris and the moment he decided to run:
“I was sitting home, watching Fox News, and Dick Morris came on and said… ‘If you’re a rich guy from Wisconsin, step up to the plate.’ And I kinda looked at [my wife] Jane and go ‘Is he like talking to me?’”
And multimillionaire Johnson had the following exchange with right-wing radio host Charlie Sykes yesterday:
SYKES: “Was there a moment where you're sitting on your couch, and you go, maybe its gonna be me. Maybe that I have, maybe I'm the guy that has to step forward and, and, and do this thing.”
JOHNSON: “You know there actually was. I was watching FOX News and, uh, Dick Morris came on. He was talking about [the Wisconsin Senate Race and said] ‘Hey, if you're a rich guy in the state of Wisconsin maybe you ought to decide to run.’”
“It’s no wonder multimillionaire Ron Johnson is chock full of slogans, but has offered no solutions to the problems people face – his inspiration to enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate comes from, of all people, Dick Morris, and his call for a ‘rich guy’ to run for Senate.” said Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “Johnson stood by and was silent when George Bush ran up record spending and deficits. But when Dick Morris talks, Ron Johnson listens. Johnson’s shocking admission should tell Wisconsin voters all they need to know about whose side he is on, and whether he would be an independent voice for Wisconsin.”
Multimillionaire Johnson also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday that he is ready to put “$10 million to $15 million of his own money” into his Senate campaign.