Wisconsin Republicans are quietly weighing backup plans if Sen. Ron Johnson decides not to run for reelection next year, The Hill reported on Sunday.
“I’m not so sure he wants to run, but at the end of the day he doesn’t want to turn everything over to [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer,” Wisconsin state Assembly Leader Robin Vos, a Republican, told the news outlet. “He’s probably the strongest candidate that we have.”
However, other Republicans in the state are emphasizing indications that Johnson is leaning toward running, highlighting the senator’s popularity among Wisconsin’s conservative base and the fact that he raised $1.2 million in the second quarter, which was more than the Democratic Senate hopefuls in the state.“I would recommend to everybody to not underestimate Ron Johnson,” GOP strategist Brandon Scholz said. “He is very much in tune with what he wants to do and when he wants to do it.”Others remain skeptical that Johnson is leaning toward running, pointing to the fact that he currently only has a finance director on his staff on the political side, while at this point in the campaign six years ago he had a full staff, including a campaign manager and a communications team.
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