The latest, and I think it’s safe to say last, Quinnipiac Poll before the election shows the Governor’s race down to just a 1 point difference!
While the momentum is on our side, this is coming down to the wire. In fact, you should be out canvassing, calling, or even just talking to your friends and families rather than reading this post.
Go out and get with it!
I remember. And these Americans remember, too.
That’s easy. All you’ve got to do is show up at an event in Columbus where former President Bill Clinton is stumping for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and other Democrats. First, I happened to run into the “Carpet Blogger” himself, Jon Keeling of Virginia, who had managed to push through the crowd up close to the stage. Contrary to the account he posted on his blog, I was as cordial as could be to him, (something he thanked me for!) and he freely admitted to me that this was his first time back in Ohio since mid-September. However, his Droid sported a Buckeye-themed background so I guess that makes up for his not actually living here! It appears someone from the Plundercrew got a photo of me chatting up Keeling since they posted on it yesterday. Rather than continue to chat with me, Keeling left of his own accord without any sort of middle finger provocation as he claimed on his blog. But that’s not even the best part.
After the event was over, I happened to run into OSU classmate Matt Naugle of Rightohio.com chatting up Columbus Dispatch columnist Joe Hallett. Matt and I were able to civilly reminisce about the old Ohio Union and how Matty made a habit of taping posters to the windows of the office of the OSU Sentinel, a "conservative alternative" newspaper, which was directly across the hall from the old College Democrats office that I used frequently during my time there, forcing us to look at it every time we left the office. Matt and I discussed free trade, BSB's recent technological upgrade, and he agreed with me that a straight carbon tax would be a superior alternative to cap-and-trade when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions.
I wanted to go across the street and interview the GOPers with the megaphones, but they packed up and left so fast that I wasn’t able to stick a camera in their face, much to my chagrin.
I was able to get President Clinton’s speech on video, which I will be uploading shortly.
Last night, I received the following letter from former OH-2 congressional candidate Jim Parker. I thought it was pretty classy, so I’d like to share it with you all.
Earlier this year, I tried to be the next person from Southern Ohio to represent hundreds of thousands of people as a member of the United State House of Representatives. During my campaign (and during the last several years), I had the opportunity to meet thousands of incredible people who live and raise their families all throughout this great part of our state. I didn't win and that's okay because meeting so many of you made my efforts worth every minute of time and energy that was spent. It would have been an honor to have had the opportunity to served you as a United States Congressman. Thank you for allowing me to try.
But this message to thousands of people is not about me; it is about an incredible person who I met along the way. A person of integrity. A person of character. A person who cares as much about the people of Southern Ohio as I do. And if I ever knocked on your door, or sat in your home, or spoke at a meeting that you attended. If I ever listened to you as you opened your heart to me. If you ever read anything that I wrote. If you ever took the time to tell me about the problems and challenges that you face in your daily life. You know that I always tell the truth and that I truly care about improving other people's lives. You know that I am not a politician and I really don't care all that much for most politicians. So, if you know me, you know that the favor I am about to ask comes to you from the bottom of my heart. And I need thousands of people to join together and do something important; something that will maybe help millions of people in due time.
Please, on Tuesday, November 2nd, vote for the man who has true goodness in his heart. A man who puts all others above himself in every instance. A man who has dedicated his life to the improvement of the lives of other people. A man who feels the pain every time a person from Ohio loses a job, whenever a family loses a home, or whenever a young adult has to move away from Ohio to find economic opportunity elsewhere. A man who governs this great state with passion and with love in his heart. The type of person who is better than all the other politicians. A man who loves the people he represents. And a man who I am honored to say made the difficult choice to become our Governor. A man who, on Tuesday November 2nd, needs your help.
These are incredibly difficult times for millions of people. Please join me in voting for the one man on this planet who just might, if given enough time, be able to steer us out of the economic nightmare we are living in right now. Please join me and my family in voting for Governor Ted Strickland; one of the nicest, most compassionate, most dedicated, and kindest people on earth. Ted Strickland is a good man with a good heart and he has done the best that he can with what he has to solve the incredible challenges we have all been experiencing. On Tuesday, November 2nd, Governor Ted Strickland needs your help. If you hardly ever vote because you don't like politicians. If you don't believe there are any good candidates in politics anymore. Even if you never vote except in Presidential elections, this is your chance to make a difference in other people's lives by doing what I truly believe is the right thing to do. Please join us in voting for Governor Ted Strickland. Thank you.
Jim Parker, former Candidate for US Congress
Southern Ohio 2nd Congressional District
I have a BusinessWeek app on my BlackBerry which I read to get an update on what’s going on in the business world. Imagine my surprise when they have an article about Ohio’s own Rob Portman and how he’s all-but-certain to be elected Ohio’s next senator. Some interesting tidbits about Portman:
- Among Senate candidates, Portman is the top recipient of donations from Insurance Industry PACs, receiving almost $600,000 in donations from them.
- Portman is also the top recipient of donations from Bank PACs, receiving almost $250,000.
- Portman has received about $700,000 from investment firm PACs
- And, the Whopper, over $1 million in donations from lawyers and lobbyists!
Other big donors to Portman are the CEOs of financier CIT Group, investment bank Charles Schwab, and ketchup maker Heinz.
Can there be any doubt as to who Portman will be representing if and when he gets to Capitol Hill? Not Ohioans, but Lawyers, Bankers, Investment Firms, Insurance Outfits, and everyone’s favorite group of people, Lobbyists!
I hope it's enough to beat Kasich:
I just saw a really great story on CNN about the new tone adopted by the Kasich campaign.
Never mind the ramifications of a candidate drastically switching messaging in the final days of the campaign for a moment, and just focus on the new message: Kasich fed up with 'innuendo and smears'.
So obviously John Kasich would then be opposed to things like falsely implying a candidate is Muslim to attempt to play on the fears of some voters? I mean that’s innuendo and fear, right?
Or how about placing another candidates picture over the Chinese flag? Isn’t that innuendo? I’m sure Kasich must be opposed to that too.
So come on John, if you really are against “innuendo and fear”, you should have no trouble condemning the actions of Josh Mandel and Steve Stivers.
Or maybe you believe you can just say whatever you want without ever having to back it up?
Remember that John Kasich complaint against Strickland’s use of Kasich’s NRA grade? You won’t for long, it’s already over.
Just like that, the Ohio Election Committee ruled that there wasn’t even probable cause to continue on with the complaint.
Strickland himself had the best statement about the complaint:
"I can tell you, the NRA was aware of what we were saying and were very much OK with what we were saying about his getting an 'F.' I'm glad he's doing that, though. That will call attention to the fact that I'm the guy who's got the endorsement."
The OEC also looked into the complaint against Josh Mandel’s bigoted ad, and they ruled unanimously that there was probable cause to continue that investigation.
UPDATE: The OEC has also found probable cause to continue investigating Jon Husted’s recent attack ad for untruthful statements.
State Rep. Dan Stewart and a few sponsors have put together a fundraiser in Columbus that looks pretty interesting. Tonight they’ll be holding a political memorabilia auction in the Short North district.
The invite, including details, is pasted below.
Attached is an invite to a fun affordable event for Governor Ted Strickland and Lt. Governor candidate, Yvette McGee Brown next week, Wednesday, October 27th
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - 848 North High in Columbus' Short North area (near Hubbard & High).
The Political Button/Memorabilia Auction and Taste of the Short North will be one of the best campaign events of the season! Buttons, autographed political pictures, postcards and other fine political collectibles along with great food from fine Short North establishments. Please join many of your friends and our Special Guest Lt. Governor candidate Yvette McGee Brown for a fun night that will help make a difference for Ohio on November 2.
See attached for additional details. And please pass this on to your friends.
Hope to see you Wednesday, Oct. 27th!
-State Representative Dan Stewart and 50 plus other sponsors...so far
So let’s see:
- Jim Renacci’s (OH-16) claim that Ohio has lost “600,000 jobs” and that the district’s “unemployment has doubled?” FALSE
- The OHRCC’s attempt to tie State Rep. Matt Patten (OH House 18) to disgraced Cuyahoga County Democratic Party leaders Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo? FALSE
- The Ohio GOP’s attempt to tie Maryellen O’Shaugnessey to Dimora? FALSE
- John Kasich’s absurd claim that “Ted Strickland destoryed Ohio jobs when he busted the budget?” (what does that even mean, asshole?) FALSE
And I’m not even mentioning Renacci’s complete flip-flop on privatizing social security, Portman’s complete bullshit claim that Ohio is 44th in getting money for worker retraining under Lee Fisher, or, the biggest whopper of them all, Josh Mandel’s race-baiting, bigoted, unforgivable story about Kevin Boyce. (How this one escaped the “Pants on Fire” rating I’m not sure).
Moral of the story: Any way you slice it, when you are looking for facts, don’t listen to GOPer candidates.
It seems the insane “Mean Jean” Schmidt we all know and love is back. It seems someone decided it was a good idea to let Jean Schmidt speak to school children, and she used at least part of that time to preach about abortion.
Below is a portion of a letter the school sent home to parents from WLWT:
"Unexpectedly, towards the end of her address, Congresswoman Schmidt brought up the topic of abortion, and I am writing you to make you aware of this. Your children may come home with questions, especially if this is a topic that has not been broached in your home. I do not recall the exact words she used, but she paused towards the end of her speech and stated that this would be the only time when she would be ‘political’ in her address. She defined abortion as the taking of a child’s life in the mother’s womb. She indicated that abortion involves the killing of a child before it is born. She was not graphic or any more detailed in this regard. Later, when a child asked about it, she indicated that an abortion is something that a doctor does when a mother requests this. It was not a particularly long segment of her address (1½ minutes or so), and these words may not match the exact words she used, but this description does, I believe, express what your child heard. Her point was to address the increase of governmental activity in the abortion issue and her political resolve to fight against this."
Not only did she discuss abortion with kids so young they still believe they were delivered by a stork, she knowingly and admittedly did it in a political manner.
Today Bill Batchelder raised a fuss and accused Ohio House Democrats of illegally coordinating with the independent group “Our Future Ohio”.
Now besides the fact that Batchelder didn’t provide a single piece of evidence to support his claims, this complaint is ridiculous. Especially when it appears that the House Republicans are engaging in the exact same kind of behavior they’re accusing.
Take a look at the following too mailers:
They appear to both use photographs from the same photographer. Except the top mailer was paid for by the Ohio Republican Party and the second by the independent Republican State Leadership Committee.
Hey, wait a minute… Wouldn’t that be illegal coordination?
And then there’s this:
Batchelder said Melamed must have had access to Democratic polling and other campaign information to help target expenditures for Our Future Ohio in that short of time.
You see, this is really fun. The Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) uses Public Opinion Strategies for it’s polling. Anyone care to take a guess which pollster the Republican State Leadership Committee? I’ll give you a hint, it’s the exact same one. Just check the campaign finance forms.
A group trying to place billboard advertisements stating that Rep. Steve Driehaus voted to support taxpayer funded abortions through the healthcare reform bill has lost yet another round.
Federal Judge Timothy Black has ruled against an attempt by Susan B. Anthony List, the group in question, to stop the Ohio Elections Commission from issuing a final ruling on the matter.
The OEC has previously ruled that there was probable cause to continue the case.
It’s not really news to the Ohio media, who frequently had to sit idly by while John Kasich opted to go on Fox News rather than speak with them early in the campaign, but John Kasich hates taking questions.
Seriously, the man seems to do everything imaginable to avoid taking question from anyone who isn’t a confirmed supporter.
Just today he’s cancelled a scheduled appearance on NPR with 10 minutes notice. The reason I’m hearing? The stations plan to allow call in questions.