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The Blue Tarp Guy

Randy Johnson might be an ideal candidate for Republicans this campaign season. Or he could wind up his party's worst nightmare. At a time when voters are getting socked by soaring insurance bills, the candidate for chief financial officer is the rare prominent Republican bashing insurance companies and staking out a populist, consumer crusader message. That's a handy way to show voters that Republicans are fighting for them on insurance, except that Johnson is also hammering his party leaders for failing to come to grips with the problem.

"We've had eight years of Republican leadership, and I think it's something to be proud of," state Rep. Johnson said in a taped Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9. "But as Republicans we have also been in charge during this insurance issue, and we have some explaining to do. And guess what? We'd better face the issue head-on in the primary because we're certainly going to have to face it in the general election." Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:06pm]


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