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GOP's Johnson says he's unemployed, still backs Bunning

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 27 at 11:52 PM

While supporting Sen. Jim Bunning's objection to an unfunded extension of unemployment benefits, Republican Senate candidate Bill Johnson has disclosed that he is now unemployed after refusing a company transfer to Texas.

Johnson could be personally affected by Bunning's move, because the $10 billion bill that Bunning stopped also includes an extension to fund Cobra medical insurance, the federal program that allows workers to purchase group health insurance formerly offered by their employer.

Johnson says he is spending his savings to live and campaign, "but still standing confidently in my abilities."

"I don’t want government help and have not taken any unemployment benefits," Johnson continued, "I want the government out of my way so the economy will recover."

To my question whether he supports Jim Bunning's Senate objection, Johnson was unequivocal.

Yes, I support his actions.  Getting rid of the Department of Education would free up $45 billion per year.  Getting rid of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would free up $10.5 billion per year.  More than enough to pay for the benefits extension without further deficit spending.  It is time to draw the line.  Stand tall Senator Bunning.

Blogger's note:  A couple of Johnson supporters have been questioning online why I did not post Johnson's remarks, sooner.  I posted all the candidates' comments that I had received by the time I ended my WHAS11 workday Friday night about 6:30pm.  Johnson e-mailed me his comments at 11:30am Saturday morning.

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