Democratic leaders have been increasingly concerned about the number of congressional retirements on their side of the aisle ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
Now, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is dashing the hopes of his Democratic colleagues by confirming that he will seek re-election to the chamber.
“That was my strong preference”
Upon being elected to a second term in 2016, he indicated that it would be his last term in the Senate.
According to the Washington Examiner, however, Johnson announced that he would throw his hat in the ring once again, which represents an apparent boon to Republicans hoping to regain a majority in both chambers of Congress.
In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal, the senator recounted the reason that he initially ran in 2010 and decided to seek a second term six years later.
Of course, he pledged in 2016 that he would keep his service to just two terms.
At the time, Johnson said: “That was my strong preference, and my wife’s — we both looked forward to a normal private life.”
“I don’t feel I should”
In the years since he planned to run for his second and last term in the Senate, however, he said that “the Democrats’ complete takeover of government and the disastrous policies they have already inflicted on American and the world” caused him to reconsider.
“I believe America is in peril,” he added. “Much as I’d like to ease into a quiet retirement, I don’t feel I should.”
Citing the “countless people” who have urged him to run again, he said that he has decided “to be their voice, to speak plain and obvious truths other elected leaders shirk from expressing — truths the elite in government, mainstream media, and Big Tech don’t want you to hear.”
Johnson offered a similar explanation in a recent Fox News Channel interview, arguing that the “very divisive and destructive manner” in which Democrats are currently governing has meant that he “can’t walk away” from the opportunity to “make a real difference.”
Despite early and fierce opposition from Democrats across his state, it appears that the incumbent senator stands a good chance of earning the support of enough constituents to sail into a third Senate term.