If you've ever thought that Washington could use some smart business leaders, and you've pondered running for political office, take a look at the scrutiny that Ron Johnson is starting to receive in Wisconsin. Johnson, president of Oshkosh, Wis.-based PET sheet extruder Pacur LLC, is running for the GOP nomination to face Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator Russ Feingold this fall. Given the state of politics these days, it's no surprise that Johnson is under heavy fire. Recently Jud Lounsbury of political blog The Daily Kos wrote that "if elected, [Johnson] would be the least qualified Senator in Wisconsin history and the least qualified Senator in the Senate." Then Lounsbury followed up a week later, questioning the accuracy of Johnson's biography. The focus of the post is whether Johnson is a "self-made man" who started Pacur, or whether he joined a successful family business a couple of years after it started. The Wisconsin State Journal's politics blog is reporting today that Johnson is defending his bio. Johnson told the Madison newspaper's Clay Barbour that he has never tried to paint himself as a "self-made" man -- Johnson said he has always acknowledged that he had help along the way. "But I worked very hard and took advantage of that help," he said. "And I feel very comfortable saying I built this business up." Politics is no place for shrinking violets, especially in this era of extreme partisanship.
Ron Johnson's career in the spotlight
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