The SD GOP has issued a challenge to the two Johnsons on the EPA….
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tim Rave, 605-224-7347
March 29, 2011
Johnson Family Dynasty At Risk In EPA Vote
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The SD GOP called on Brendan Johnson, son of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson and current U.S. Attorney based on his father’s recommendation, to distance himself from his father’s support of the EPA power grab.
“Despite the fact that his father helped get him his current job, Brendan Johnson should distance himself from his father’s increasingly liberal record. Senator Johnson will likely vote to give the EPA even more power to regulate and tax South Dakota family farmers and ranchers to new record levels this week and we need to know if Brendan supports his father’s position,” said SD GOP Chairman Tim Rave.
The worst kept secret in political and media circles in South Dakota is that the son of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, Brendan Johnson, wants to run for Congress in 2012 or 2014. Brendan Johnson was appointed to the political position of U.S. Attorney by Barack Obama in 2009, an appointment brokered by his father, Senator Johnson. When Brendan was appointed U.S. Attorney, the national Democratic Party desperately needed Senator Johnson?s votes because they barely held the filibuster-proof majority of 60 votes.
“Senator Johnson?s liberal voting record is increasingly putting Brendan Johnson?s ascendancy to the political throne at risk. This week, when the Senate votes on limiting the powers of the EPA, Brendan Johnson will face a choice between once again promoting his father?s political legacy or considering the viability of his own political future. Will Brendan Johnson stand by his father’s liberal voting record or will he stand up for hard working South Dakotans?” said Rave.
The U.S. Senate is likely to vote on a measure to prohibit the EPA from implementing a cap and tax plan this week. Senator Johnson is likely to vote to protect the EPA’s power grab.