Johnson's Self-Described "Outdoorsman and an Environmentalist" Label Takes Another Hit, LCV Names Him To "Dirty Dozen"

First, Ron Johnson called himself an "outdoorsman and an avid fisherman,"  then OWN found out that was a crock:  Johnson hasn't had a fishing license in at least five years.

Then, Ron started talking about being a strong supporter of gun and hunters' rights, which was debunked when it was learned that Johnson support requiring hunters to license their guns, the same way they license their cars.

Now, the LCV is not only debunking the "environmentalist" label Johnson has used to describe himself, they have named him to their Hall of Shame, AKA "The Dirty Dozen."

Editor's note -- Watch the Video from LCV -

Flat Earthers: Climate Change Deniers

Most Pedophiles Johnson Should Have Dealt-With, Escaped Justiced and Still on the Loose

As has been reported earlier, Ron Jonson has served for many years as both a member of the Green Bay Finance Council, which has the ultimate authority under Canon law to deal with and settle sexual abuse law suits, and the Oshkosh Catholic Schools Board, which also has fielded its fair share of sex abuse lawsuits.

Both of these positions of responsability also carry with them an implied public trust that, among other things, if they were made aware of a child sexual predator in their midst, they wouldn't allow the sexual child predator to escape justice, remain on the streets, and put thousands more children at risk.

Back in 2002, the Appleton Post-Crescent's Steve Wideman did a great article documenting the tip of the iceberg of Green Bay Diocese's sex abuse scandal.  I say the tip of the iceberg, because most allegations / lawsuits of this nature are quietly settled out of court-- only a few make their way into the public eye.

A troubling aspect of this article is just how many of these sexual assaults occured in Oshkosh or in the Oshkosh Unified Catholic School System, and how many were thrown out on grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

What's also shocking is that of the umpteen pred

Johnson Digging a Deeper, Wider Hole in Keeping-Pedophile-Priests-Secret Scandal

Ron Johnson is in serious BS mode.


First, he said that he wants the Green Bay Diocese to be "completly transparent." That's great, Ron, as a first step will you release all the sex abuse law suits you signed-off on as a member of the Finance Council?  Finance Council minutes would also be very... transparent.


Second, Johnson is saying that he opposed the Child Victims Bill, because he "didn't like the wording." That's like saying you didn't like the duck because it had feathers, a flat bill and quacked:  SB 319 is about as short and straight-forward as they come: 


An action to recover damages against any person for injury caused by an adult's sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18 by an act committed by an adult that would create a cause of action under s. 895.442 may be commenced at any time.



What Johnson means is that he literally didn't like any of the wording.

Wis. night on Countdown not pretty

Viewers of Keith Olbermann's Countdown show on MSNBC are going to start wondering what's wrong with Wisconsin. Wednesday night's program included three Badger state stories, none of them flattering.

Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson got the most attention, a 10-minute-plus segment for his opposition to the Child Victims Act, a bill removing the statute of limitations in cases of sexual abuse of children.

Johnson was a member at the time of the finance council of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese, which was being sued for covering up pedophilia by priests -- but he neglected to mention that in his testimony last January at the state capitol, which Olbermann aired its its entirety. Johnson's testimony had been reported earlier, but the video just surfaced. Johnson speed-reads his testimony, in what Olbermann described as "high speed sophistry," arguing that the law would hurt non-profit groups trying to do good, among other things. Olbermann termed it "some pretty mediocre arguments against protecting kids from pedophiles."

Todd Merryfield, one of the victims of a priest from the Green Bay diocese, appeared on the show and said he had been a "huge Johnson supporter" until learning of his position on the issue on Tuesday.

Ron Johnsons Bottom line on Abuse

After Years of Helping Diocese Keep Secret Names of Pedophile Priests, Candidate Johnson Now Whistling a Different Tune

Today, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Ron Johnson to help in their efforts to release names of pedophile priest that the Green Bay Diocese is aware have committed sexual assaults, but keeps their identity secret.

Johnson attempted to defuse the situation by releasing a statement before the SNAP press conference, saying  that he would ask the Green Bay Diocese to release the names.  The media, of course, is only reporting that Johnson is asking the Diocese to release the names and ignoring the fact that Ron Johnson served on the Finance Council for years and was in a prime position to release the names, which SNAP has been demanding for nearly a decade!

The question of the day is: Why now, Ron?

The reason why SNAP wants these names released is to insure that pedophile priests have been brought to justice... in other words to insure that they are not still on the street and putting additional children at risk. Why didy't you work to right this wrong when you were in a prime position to fix it on the Finance Council? 

Too little, too late, and it's disgusting that Johnson is only now willing to do the right thing, now that he is running for office.

In fact, Johnsons culpability goes well beyond that.

Guess we know who won the first gov debate reports that Tom Barrett has called for six or seven more debates, but Scott Walker says he's too busy not reading reports about the mental health mess in his Milwaukee County government.

Barrett has accepted invitations for more debates in Wausau, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Platteville, Superior and Milwaukee, but Walker has not.

Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes said, "“We have already agreed to three statewide debates.”

That wasn't the question.

Peace/justicemakers of the year

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, a statwide network of 170 organizations working for social change, makes its annual peacemaker of the year awards on Saturday.  This year, perhaps for the first time, none of their main focus has been on peace issues, but on justice.

The winners are Ed Steichen, Christine Neumann-Ortiz,  and eleven high school students from Prescott.  The awards will be given at 3:15 pm at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, at 105 Ninth St, as part of WNPJ’s Fall Member Assembly.  More on the Assembly can be found online, here.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the founding Executive Director of the immigrant-advocacy organization Voces de la Frontera.

Vukmir: Too far right for GOP?

Is Leah Vukmir too conservative for Wisconsin Republicans?

It would be amazing, if true, that any right-wing whacko were too conservative for the GOP, but that's the premise of the cover story in this week's Shepherd Express, which we hear is too liberal for Wisconsin Republicans.

Vukmir, a state rep from the suburbs, is challenging State Sen. Jim Sulllivan in a race that could decide who controls the State Senate.  The seat was formerly held by another nut case, Tom Reynolds, until Sullivan ousted him in 2006.  Vukmir is smoother, but just as far out there, it appears.

Read it here.


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