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Wilson criticizes Romney, opponent Johnson

Published: Sat, June 16, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick


Ex-U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a Democrat running to return to Congress, answered the question posed recently by his opponent and the National Republican Congressional Committee about his support of the president.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, and the NRCC, the committee that works to get Republicans elected to the House, have recently called on Wilson of St. Clairsville to declare his support for President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat.

When asked by The Vindicator, Wilson said, “Who else would I support, Mitt Romney?”

Rather than say why he supports Obama, who he’s criticized in the past over trade agreements and cap-and-trade legislation to make it harder to produce coal, Wilson went after Romney and Johnson.

“Mitt Romney, like Bill Johnson, has made a career of shutting down manufacturing plants just like the ones we have along the Ohio River,” Wilson said. “With policies like this, I find it hard to believe that Bill Johnson or Mitt Romney will be successful reaching out to the voters of our district.”

Mark Weaver, Johnson’s campaign spokesman, said he isn’t surprised that Wilson chose to criticize Romney rather than embrace Obama.

“Charlie Wilson voted in lock-step with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama when he was in Congress,” Weaver said. “He’s trying to distance himself from that record.”

Johnson beat Wilson, who was a two-term congressman, in the 2010 election. The two face off this November in what is considered one of the more competitive races in the country.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s campaign criticized Johnson for having Newt Gingrich, an unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate, headline a June 22 fundraiser at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.

“Bringing in a polarizing figure like Newt Gingrich into a moderate district is going to cause some kind of backlash,” said J.R. Starrett, Wilson’s campaign manager. “Is Bill Johnson using Newt Gingrich to only raise money or will he accept a public endorsement?”

Weaver said Johnson “has support of a wide range of people and would welcome an endorsement from anyone who supports his agenda and the issues he’s fighting for. Newt Gingrich and Bill Johnson both agree Obamacare was a terrible policy and Charlie Wilson and Barack Obama voted to pass it.”

The 6th District includes southern Mahoning County, all of Columbiana County and runs along the eastern border of the state taking in 10 other counties. Congressional redistricting keeps the existing district largely intact, but adds five other counties. The new district boundaries take effect next year.

The NRCC recently reserved $296,000 in Youngstown television airtime for this race. In late April, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved $1.06 million in TV commercial time for this race.

Depending on how the race develops, that amount can be increased or decreased. The commercials aren’t supposed to start until after Labor Day.

Johnson has been airing his own campaign commercials on Fox News Sunday talk shows, with a buy of about $60,000. His campaign expects to increase that amount and stay on TV.

Wilson, who’s provided 43 percent of the money he’s raised for his campaign, said he’ll air ads “when the time is right. Right now, voters are just dealing with their children being released from school and settling into the summer routine.”


1redeye1(5155 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Wilson is a has been that should not be re-elected to Congress. He's nothing but a puppet to the D party leaders. He can't think on his own, wait he's just like little Timmy Ryan. If he would win you can kiss this country go-bye as we know it.

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21loaf(100 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Not just Wilson must be defeated. If Reid,Obama,and the rest of their fellow travelers are re elected this country will most likely never see another free election. Ask the people in many other dictatorships around the world about their last free election!

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3300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Any proof for any of these accusations of a last "free election"?

In the US, the threat to democracy has come from the right, not the left. This isn't Eastern Europe. McCarthy, Delay, Nixon of previous eras. To people like Jan Brewer, Citizens United, and numerous local GOP groups (including one in Nevada that actually tried to make a citizens arrest of 3 city council members simply because they didn't agree them; which these Republicans said constituted a felony charge). That being said, I don't for a second believe that the GOP is going to put a stop to free elections.

These are examples of Republicans who have sought to undermine democracy in our country. I'd like for both of you to give me a few examples of the left doing the same thing (and no, 3 Black Panther clowns standing outside a polling center don't equal a coordinated attack such as Citizens United. Also, I drove down to courthouse in Lisbon during the 2008 election, and in the parking lot in front of the voting place had a van completely covered in anti-Obama posters, so you can find a few clowns here and there.).

Hyperbole is for the uneducated and dimwitted.

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4300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

There were all sorts of posters on it. The usual Obama as Hitler, as well as large signs that said "SOCIALIST" and "MUSLIM". I think there were a few calling him a Kenyan.

I got a coffee over at that Subway, and since I had some time to kill I walked over to get a closer look. The van was completely plastered with posters and signs, but Columbiana county being what it is, I wasn't actually very surprised. That being said, if it had been reversed, I'm sure Dave Johnson (who I saw go in and out of the voting office at least twice within a 30 minute span would've raised hell and measure to inch to see if he could have had it removed).

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5RoyH(38 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Johnson declined the congressional health care, so FLHTCUI's comments are just wrong. Do a little research, and you would figure that out.

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