If Ted Strickland wins the Governors race this year he is more than likely to be faced with another Republican controlled State legislature. This will make it hard for him to get a lot of positive things done as the GOP will spend an inordinate amount of time frustrating his efforts and playing political games. How many politically motivated bills will he be forced to veto ? How many potentially good bills will be poisoned with bad amendments ?
I was taking a look at our candidates page earlier and was very disappointed to see that in the State Senate races we are not contesting close to half (13 out of 33) of them at all. We are simply allowing some of the most right wing Republican state Senators a free pass to reelection or letting the Ohio GOP pick the next State Senator where some are term limited. (If we are missing any candidates let me know)
It's made all the more disappointing because we filed candidates in all 18 congressional districts and all but 6 State Rep districts - an awesome job !
One of the biggest aspects of an 88 county strategy is to run candidates for every office, but we will have significant holes in many of these counties. How many votes will that cost us ? How much money has that saved the GOP where they aren't even going to have to buy so much as a yard sign to get elected ?
What has CJ Prentiss, State Senate minority leader, been doing with all her time ? I think this is a big failure - a very big one and it should not go unremarked. Did she just not bother because she is term limited ?
I think Prentiss owes us an explanation, because this failure has guaranteed, before a single vote has been cast, that we cannot make any inroads in to our State Senate. If their is a tidal wave of Dems getting elected in 2006 folks will look at this as one of the biggest missed opportunities there was - and Ted Strickland is going to rue it for 4 years.
See Comments - BSB Screwed up. Apologies to CJ.