Russ Feingold Looks To Take Wisconsin Back From The Kochs With 2016 Senate Run

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Former Senator Russ Feingold has announced that he is ready for a rematch in Wisconsin for the seat that he lost to tea party Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Feingold also echoed a populist anti-Koch message in his announcement.


In his announcement video, Feingold said, “We need to get started fixing all of this. People tell me all of the time that our politics in Washington are broken, and that multi-millionaires, billionaires, and corporations are calling all of the shots. They especially say this about the U.S. Senate, and it’s hard not to agree. But what are we going to do, get rid of the Senate? Actually, no one I’ve listened to says that we should throw in the towel and give up, and I don’t think that either. Instead, let’s fight together for change. That means helping to bring back to the U.S. Senate strong independence, bipartisanship, and honesty. So today, I’m pleased to announce that I am planning to run for the United States Senate in 2016.”

Feingold indirectly went after Sen. Ron Johnson and the Koch brothers. Feingold’s push to bring independence and honesty back to the Senate was a reference to the Koch brothers giving Johnson a 100% perfect score on voting for their agenda during his first year in office. Johnson was one of the five Republican senators to get a perfect score on voting with the Kochs. The Koch brothers were also the top contributors to Johnson’s campaign to unseat Feingold in 2010.

Feingold begins the rematch leading according to the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll. Feingold leads Johnson 54%-38% with 9% undecided.

There are few Democrats in this country who are more suited to running an anti-establishment populist Senate campaign than Russ Feingold. The 2010 was swept out of office in the Republican wave of 2010, and will be campaigning in a more favorable environment in 2016.

Democrats need to pick up four seats to take back control of the Senate in 2016 if they win the presidential election. Russ Feingold’s candidacy in Wisconsin is a good first step towards meeting 25% of this goal.

13 Replies to “Russ Feingold Looks To Take Wisconsin Back From The Kochs With 2016 Senate Run”

  1. I am not sure how this is going to play out. The voter suppressing voter ID is going to kick in having lost its last chance at with the Supremes and Republicans are busy instituting even more voters suppression schemes ahead of the 2016 elections. The KochRoaches will be dumping huge amounts of money into nasty ads, into disinformation, into push calls, everything they and ALEC can come up with to keep Democrats away from the polls. Look for vicious and lying attacks on Russ coming to your area soon.

  2. ‘Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I attack.’ (Ferdinand Foch during the First Battle of the Marne, Sept 1914)

    Democrats are you listening?

  3. All I can say is Thank God. Russ Feingold will remind Wisconsin residents of their solidly liberal past.

    We don’t need any more of that gun, god, gold and gynecology disease up here.

    And then there is all the republican corruption, with Geogebic writing legislation, making one of the Koch justices Chief Justice, the Fitzgerald brothers, Jeff, once Speaker, now a lobbyist, Scott, a member of the Senate. Then there is their father who lost a bid for his US Marshall job. So guess who runs the Wisconsin State Patrol, Yes, Stephen Fitzgerald. Guess who appointed him? Yes, Snott Walker.

  4. One of the keys to republican winning in Wisconsin is to nullify the Milwaukee vote. The Tea Party groups are so bold as to state on their websites they will be at all the polling places looking for people with outstanding warrants or the more vague, people who are not legally allowed to vote. The Tea Party websites said they had lists of people’s names. They also said on their websites they would follow people home if they seemed suspicious.

    Yes, if you think they are intimidating a certain group of people you would be correct. The outlying counties, the WOW counties, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington voted for Snott Walker by 80%. The Tea Partiers weren’t too interested in watching those voters, just the ones in Milwaukee and Oshkosh.

    So nullifying the Milwaukee vote is key for them.

  5. I hope people are finally waking up from the insanity that is plagueing this country. The Kochs plan to dump almost a billion dollars into the next election. That is not what this country is about. Everyone is equal under the law but some are more equal then others is complete and utter bullshit.

  6. Buy who you want! Buy the legislation you want passed regardless of if it hurts millions and only helps you make money. Buy all the media! Buy religious nuts to side with your raping the country! That’s the Koch-roach way! ALL Americans are nothing but ants, or numbers and we will manipulate them to get all the money.

  7. Thank you Russ for standing up to retake your seat from the usurper that stole it from you using his millions in big money to blanket the airwaves with disinformation, propaganda, and lies. Don’t make the same mistake of underestimating how effective that type of shady, negative campaigning can be this time. Learn your lessons, know it is coming, and have an *aggressive* plan in place to counter it effectively.

  8. “Feingold’s push to bring independence and honesty back to the Senate was a reference to the Koch brothers giving Johnson a 100% perfect score on voting for their agenda during his first year in office.”

    Nobody watching this would extract such meaning from his announcement. If Democrats would like to win, they could start by telling the public what the Koch agenda actually is:

  9. So,I bet you are going to get your money from George Soros then. Your just another tax and spend

  10. The truth hurts your miniscule brain when you bring up Soros and BTW dumbass President Obama has presided over an economy that has created more private sector jobs than both bushes combined
    More net jobs have been created under Obama — 5,142,000 as of the August jobs report — than under George H.W. Bush — 2,637,000 — and George W. Bush — 1,282,000 — combined, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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