Blogmaster’s musings: I’m going to miss Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)…
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Blogmaster’s comments from Wisconsin’s Northwoods
By Steve in Wisconsin
November 5, 2010
I’m going to miss Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)… who was defeated in this week’s election by Wisconsin businessman Ron Johnson, a Republican.
Why will I miss Russ?
Well, it certainly isn’t because he’s a tool of the Israeli lobby… um, not that accepting $52,000 from the Pro-Israel PAC this year means anything. (Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, pdf).
But I’m going to miss him because he never lost touch with his constituency. In fact, EACH YEAR he travelled to all 72 Wisconsin counties and met the folks he represented – allowing them an opportunity to voice their concerns directly to him. Sen. Feingold, although based in the nation’s capital, was a real figure to many of us in Wisconsin. He wasn’t some political opportunist hiding in the halls of Washington, D.C. – you know the kind I’m talking about: the one’s who only show their faces around election time when they’re seeking votes or money.
Will newly elected senator Ron Johnson visit us each year? That remains to be seen. As far as I know he has made no such public commitment to do so. I’m not holding my breath.
So, I say to Sen. Russ Feingold: “Thanks for visiting us regularly up here in the Northwoods. Good luck with whatever the future has in store for you. And I mean that sincerely.”
Steve in Wisconsin is a former deputy sheriff with travels in Africa, Asia and Central America. His primary blog is inteltrends.wordpress.com