Flashback: Russ Feingold Says Campaign Experience Is Comparable To Running A Small Business

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Former Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold has touted his plan to close corporate loopholes to help small businesses grow,  but critics of the politician question his understanding of the private sector.

Feingold, who was a lawyer prior to being elected as a state senator at the age of 29, argued in a 2004 article building a political opertion requires all the same skills it takes to run a business — and critics are slamming him for it.

“I made all this myself. I walked out of my door one day in Middleton in 1982, and nobody knew who I was, and I built a career that I think is a good one … I had to do the kind of thing that entrepreneurs do.” he told the Wisconsin State Journal.

While Feingold’s ad, released in early-August, argues his views on tax policy will prevent manufacturing jobs from being shipped overseas, his opponent argued he lacks the first-hand experience needed to help the industry thrive in the Badger State.

Johnson, who worked for Oshkosh manufacturing company PACUR for 34 years before winning his seat in 2010, has repeatedly blasted Feingold as a career politician that lacks the understanding of what it takes to fix the economy.

“Sen. Feingold is everything people hate about politics – comparing his own taxpayer-funded career to the hard-working men and women powering Wisconsin’s economy,” William Allison, a spokesman for the Johnson campaign told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “The only job Senator Feingold has ever created was for himself, on the backs of the taxpayers who have paid him nearly $3 million over the past 34 years.”

The Feingold campaign did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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