How Can Johnson Be a "Job Creator" If he Didn't Create PACUR?

In a comedy of errors, Johnson's campaign is now distancing itself from a 1979 government grant (about a quarter of a million dollars in today's dollars) that paid for a rail line to be built from a new plastics facility in Oshkosh to the nearest rail road. 

The new company would be built by Johnson's brother-in-law, Pat Curler, with the strong backing from his father, billionaire plastics titan, Howard Curler.  The company would be named after company President Pat Curler and be called PACUR and the company's primary customers would be others businesses controlled by the Curler family-- something that hasn't changed in the 30 year life of PACUR.

Humorously, at the same time Johnson is running an ad attacking Feingold for "never being a job creator" he is at the same time saying that he never created PACUR-- "the job creator" -- and, therefore, cannot be held accountable for getting the government loan that helped build PACUR:

This grant was secured in March of 1979 by Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supplies in exchange for a substantial business investment for the City of Oshkosh.  Ron Johnson moved to Wisconsin in June of 1979.

Of course what the Johnson campaign does not mention is that Wisconsin Industrial Sh

'The government is not the government'

This just in: Two former Republican state commerce secretaries, one of whom (Dick Leinenkugel)  wanted to run for the Senate himself and the other (Bill McCoshen) who wanted to run for governor, will join anti-government candidate Ron Johnson for a press conference to argue the following:

 -- a government loan program that they ran isn't a government loan program

-- the government issued the loan but its not a government loan

-- government approves the loan but its not a government loan

His Own Words

Mountaineers join Pay to Plale

Pay to Plale -- the money from special interests who love State Sen. Jeff Plale and what he does for them -- continues right up to primary day (and no doubt beyond, if he wins.)

Monday, he revealed another $20,750 in late donations, mostly in the maximum $1,000 increments.

It's chock full of oil and gas money -- and, most notably, $8,500 from West Virginia coal interests.

Why would they be giving to the sponsor of a clean energy jobs bill in Wisconsin?

Gee, could it be because he killed his own bill?

How do you spend that much money in the last few days of a legislative campaign?  It's almost impossible -- unless, of course, you knew the last-minute money was coming, too late for anyone to find out, so you could go ahead and spend it in advance.

Tuesday's primary election day, when we find out whether voters in my State Senate district think Plale's behavior is OK.  Hard to believe, but they may send him back to Madison for four more years of wheeling and dealing.

Is this a great system or what?


Johnson's "Citizen Legislator" Meme is Actually Exact Opposite of What Founders Wanted

Ah-Ha!  Ron Johnson has found a loophole from none other than "our Founders" that the people serving in the U.S. Senate should be "citizen legislators" (such as Johnson) and that the Founders especially disliked the idea of "career politicians" (such as Feingold).  Here's how he explained it to the NYT:

I would be going to Washington as a citizen legislator.  I think that’s really what our founders had envisioned: somebody who’s lived a full life and you take that lifetime of experience and try to apply it to the problems of the nation. Then you go home.

The problem with this Tea Party-inspired argument is that it is not only not true, but the exact opposite is true:  The founders wanted well-qualified, experienced, long-serving people in the U.S.

What's a little minor domestic abuse?

Both have had minor run-ins with the law, but we don't view this as disqualifying for either. -- Journal Sentinel editorial, endorsing Jeff Plale over Chris Larson.

In case anyone hasn't heard about it, Larson's was a shoplifting charge when he was a teenager and took some food from a grocery store.

Plale's, reported this week by, involved domestic violence. Here's the report.

It's a pretty safe bet that a woman didn't write the editorial.

Other than that, the Journal Sentinel likes the fact that Plale's for school choice and plays well (and votes) with Republicans -- some of the same reasons he has a serious challenge in the Democratic primary.


Will Dem dirty tricksters vote GOP? Nope

Will Democrats cross over and vote in Tuesday's Republican primary?

Is there a widespread plot by Dems to cross over and vote to nominate the weakest Republican candidate for governor?   (That would be Scott Paterick, (pictured), in case you're hatching a plot.)

Despite a few alarms being sounded here and there, and despite some Dems thinking it would be a good idea, it's not going to happen.  Nor should it.

Wisconsin's open primary means a voter doesn't have to say which party's primary he/she is voting in.  No one has to register as a D or R.  When you're in the voting booth you pick a party and no one ever knows.  Next time, if the other party's races are more interesting, you can switch.

It's a legacy of Fighting Bob LaFollette, the progressive reformer, and it is unlikely ever to change in Wisconsin.  Even when the national Democratic Party threatened, back in the 1970s, to refuse to seat Wisconsin delegates if they were elected by an open primary, the law wasn't changed.  Instead Wisconsin went to the US Supreme Court and won.  (We did have one year of presidential caucuses in 1984, in addition to the primary, but that's a differe

A Debunking of Ron Johnson's "Job Creator for 30 years" Myth

Ron Johnson's main campaign theme is that for the last thirty years, while he has devoted his life to being a "job creator," Russ Feingold has been nefariously spending his time being a "career politician" and working tirelessly to destroy to the country.  

In truth, like the "career politicians" on Mount Rushmore, Feingold has spent most of his adult life devoted to public service.  And, if Johnson's really wants to juxtapose the two men's accomplishments over the last thirty years, I'll gladly oblige.

By Johnson's own account, he did not start or create, the job creator, PACUR.  His brother-in-law, Pat Curler, through heavy backing from his father, billionaire plastics titan Howard Curler, started the company in 1977 and named it after himself:  PAt CURler.   Pat Curler was the President of the company when it started and, as Johnson charactorized the early days: "It was an opportunity for Pat to get into business for himself, and I just kind of came along for the ride as the accountant."

"Just came along for the ride as the accountant," doesn't really sound like a "job creator" to me.  It sounds like someone that...

Pay to Plale cash keeps piling up

The special interests can't seem to get enough of Jeff Plale, and he can't seem to get enough of their money.

Just a cursory look at the pre-primary campaign finance reports from Plale's committee shows that a huge chunk of the money his campaign has raised is from the special interests he's served so well in the State Senate.

Utilities, thankful for his "leadership" in playing a key role in killing a renewable energy bill in April, keep coughing up the dough.

Since July 1, Plale raised about $35,000 total and it looks like at least $10,000 of that came from people in the utility business -- $3,785 through the We Energies conduit, another $1,400 from people at Xcel Energy, $500 from three admirers at Alliant Energy, and $3,000 from three fine folks at Foresight Energy in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, which, among other things, is in the coal mining business.

Then there's the outpouring of money from school choicers -- locals Susan and George Mitchell, but also members of the Walton family (of Wal-Mart, not the mountain) at $1000 a clip, another grand from a San Francisco couple.


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