REPUBLICAN SENATOR SENT CEASE-AND-DESIST LETTER TO CONSTITUENT PROTESTER

When the staff of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Milwaukee man, Earl Good, Citizen Action of Wisconsin used the letter to rally supporters.

Good had reportedly called Johnson’s office hundreds of times, and the left-leaning Wisconsin group wanted its supporters to pledge to tell Johnson, “We will NOT Cease and Desist!”

Now WDJT-Milwaukee reports on what’s behind the viral story:

[Good] started calling Senator Johnson’s D.C. office to voice his opinion after President Trump’s inauguration. He says his goal was to influence how his U.S. Senator votes. Good admits he’s persistent; so persistent, on one occasion he called Senator Johnson’s office 83 times until someone picked up.

“The day before was 40 to get through. The day before that was 8. The day before that was 29, so they’re very aware of who I am by my cell phone number,” says Good.

Good says he’s been to Johnson’s Milwaukee office on two occasions. He calls the local office “accommodating,” but takes issue with the response in D.C. …

A spokesperson for Senator Johnson responded, saying, “Constituents are always welcome and encouraged to contact our office with their concerns, regardless of political viewpoint. Unfortunately, very infrequently a pattern of inappropriate behavior emerges that crosses the bounds of decency and requires action to ensure the well being of visitors to the office and staff.”

That same spokesperson says this is only the second time in two years a letter like this has been sent.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Citizen Action’s statements on the matter “false,” as the group had indicated that Johnson’s office was broadly using cease-and-desist letters in order to silence critical constituents.

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