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Redfern, ODP Are Running Scared

Chris Redfern and the Ohio Democratic Party are scared. How else to explain Redfern’s focus on the Republican primary for Auditor of State?

Redfern, on January 20:

Are Republicans so desperate in looking for anyone to run for State Auditor that they have settled on someone whose home county soundly rejected him as a candidate for County Auditor? Rep. Morgan’s one big accomplishment is slamming the Governor’s office with a massive and frivolous public records request that was a waste of taxpayer dollars. And now, after wasting the state’s money, he wants to be Ohio’s next Auditor. Rep. Morgan says he wants to continue in Mary Taylor’s CPA tradition, which, given his record, we assume will be her tradition of Conservative Partisan Attacks.

Redfern, on January 25:

Dave Yost was strong-armed out of the Attorney General’s race by the Ohio Republican Party, despite having endorsements from many county Republican parties throughout the state. Yost clearly wanted to be Attorney General, but was forced to play second fiddle to Kevin DeWine’s second cousin and the second choice of the Republican base. Meanwhile, two self-proclaimed Tea Party candidates are now pitted against one another in the race for the Republican nomination for Auditor, which has infuriated the right-wing of the Republican Party.

Running for the Auditor’s office should not be a consolation prize. David Pepper has been traveling across the state for eight months, talking to Ohioans about what they want out of a State Auditor and speaking about his passion for improving the Auditor’s office. He will build on his record of protecting Ohio tax dollars by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, while expanding transparency and accountability in local government.

Most recently, Redfern on March 3:

Does Congressman Kasich stand with Kevin DeWine, or does he stand with Mary Taylor’s longtime mentor Alex Arshinkoff? Does Kasich stand with the Ohio Republican Party, or does he stand with county Republican parties throughout the state? Does he agree with his running mate that Ohio’s Auditor should be a CPA, or does he agree with Kevin DeWine that Ohio must have a former county auditor in the position?

Redfern is scared, and he should be. No matter who wins the Republican primary for Auditor of State, our candidate will still be a stronger candidate with better qualifications to be Ohio’s next Auditor than their candidate.

It is ironic that Redfern would ask whether John Kasich thinks that Ohio’s Auditor of State should be a CPA like Mary Taylor and Seth Morgan or a former county auditor like Dave Yost. Their candidate, David Pepper, is neither. In fact, it seems that Pepper’s chief qualification when Redfern thought he would be running against Mary Taylor was his ability to self-fund his own campaign (in other words, his well known status as the “spoiled little brat” candidate for Auditor). Pepper and Redfern seem to think that money is the only qualification a candidate needs to be our next Auditor of State.

And how desperate is Chris Redfern, that he doesn’t even notice the hypocrisy of criticizing the way our party does business as the Ohio Democratic Party, under his leadership, has been working hard to limit Democrat voters’ choices to the establishment’s preferred candidates?

Take, for example, the Democrat primary for U.S. Senate. There can be no question that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is the more liberal candidate who would be more appealing to the Democrat nutroots, yet it’s clear that the establishment is supporting Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher. What gives?

But the ODP’s treatment of Brunner is nothing compared to their treatment of the woman who once sought to replace Brunner as Secretary of State, Jennifer Garrison. OhioDaily, a Democrat blog, reported at the end of January that “donors and party insiders” (read: the ODP and its minions) were seeking “to push their original hand-picked choice out as fast as they rushed her in.” They succeeded, and their efforts to deny Democrat primary voters a choice between moderate Garrison versus an ultra-liberal candidate like Maryellen O’Shaughnessy left some wondering if Garrison would switch to the Republican Party.

And Redfern wants to talk about candidates being “strong-armed” out of primary races? Apparently he is so irrationally afraid of Seth Morgan and Dave Yost that it slipped his mind that his own party, under his own leadership, successfully “strong-armed” Jennifer Garrison out of the Secretary of State race and is trying to do the same thing to Jennifer Brunner and her flailing campaign for U.S. Senate.

But hey, Redfern can be forgiven for being a little scared. I have long maintained that, as a CPA, Seth Morgan is the most qualified candidate in the Auditor of State race. I believe he can and will win the primary and be our nominee for Auditor. But let’s face it, even if Morgan loses the primary and Dave Yost is our nominee, our candidate will still be leaps and bounds more qualified than David Pepper. Whether our candidate is a CPA or a former county auditor, at least he will have better qualifications for the job than his family’s money.

Prediction: Palin Will Endorse Seth Morgan

Right Ohio brings us the news that Seth Morgan, the Tea Party Republican candidate for Auditor of State, was excluded from the private Ohio Right to Life reception featuring Sarah Palin. The angle I’m going with on this story isn’t so much that Morgan was excluded (his primary opponent, Dave Yost, couldn’t get in either), but rather the reported reaction of Palin’s people to Morgan’s exclusion:

Seth Morgan did not buy a ticket in advance to the reception, Sarah Palin’s people and major Ohio Right to Life donors invited him in- repeatedly. . . .

While the Morgan campaign has absolutely no interest in commenting on thus (sic), his supporters are speaking up. And I’m hearing through the grapevine that Tom Norris, Lara (Mastin) Norris, Tim Crawford (who works closely with Palin’s team… The event wouldn’t of happened without him.), and many others were royally pissed because of this situation.

Emphasis mine. Reading the tea leaves a bit, I think this reaction and the fact that Morgan has supporters who work closely with the Palin team indicates that Palin will eventually endorse Seth Morgan for Auditor of State.

I know, I know — this race is too small for Sarah Palin. But follow my reasoning for a minute…

As a Politico piece from February makes clear, Palin is intensely interested in Ohio and has been since 2008. As John McCain’s running mate, she held more campaign events in Ohio than in any other state. She has been back to Ohio on numerous occasions since then, the most recent being her ORTL event. Her political action committee, SarahPAC, has donated a combined total of $10,500 to John Kasich, Mary Taylor, Rob Portman, and Jean Schmidt — and her involvement in these races clearly has Ohio Democrats running scared.

Reading the tea leaves a bit more, this is incredibly smart if she intends to run for president in 2012 (and I believe she does). Shoring up support with and building enthusiasm among Ohio’s conservatives would be important for the primaries, but even moreso for the general election given Ohio’s perpetual status as a key battleground state.

That’s where Seth Morgan comes in. As far as primaries go, no other race has energized Tea Partiers more than Morgan’s contest with Delaware County prosecutor Dave Yost. Others, like Tom Ganley and Sandra O’Brien, have certainly tried but none have been as successful as Morgan in capturing and maintaining active Tea Party support. For a lot of conservatives, the Auditor of State race has become a referendum on how the Ohio Republican Party does business and is a struggle for the people’s right to decide who will lead us in the future.

Translation? Normally the Auditor of State race would be too insignificant to attract the attention of a national figure like Palin, but these aren’t normal circumstances. At the moment, this primary race matters more to Tea Partiers than any other race.

Given her interest in Ohio, and given that there is overlap between Team Seth and Team Sarah, it seems increasingly likely to me that there will be a Palin endorsement for Morgan. If she has presidential ambitions in 2012, an endorsement just makes sense. The growing Tea Party movement in this state will certainly remember her involvement in this important primary, which will give her an enthusiasm edge that other candidates will lack. It will help her build a base that will be grateful to her for intervening on behalf of the people’s candidate to counterbalance the support of Ohio’s Republican establishment for Dave Yost.

One open question is what form such an endorsement might take. It’s possible that she will actually make some sort of statement, but I think it’s more likely that SarahPAC will simply contribute to Morgan’s campaign and not to Yost’s. Even such a tacit endorsement would make her support for Morgan clear, further energize the Tea Party movement for Morgan, and indicate to donors which way the political wind is blowing.

So, you heard it here first: I think Sarah Palin will endorse Seth Morgan for Ohio Auditor of State. I’m on record. Prepare to be in awe of my mad tea leaf reading skills when my prediction comes true.

Ohio Rages Against the Machine

Matt Hurley (Weapons of Mass Discussion) writes:

We keep fighting the last election instead of looking ahead. Sure, there have been some technological advancements made by our team; but we still haven’t embraced the message that goes along with social media. People should be making decisions, not parties. When politicians have the power to shut out another candidate, that disenfranchises all of us. When the Party engages in thuggish behavior and condones these tactics, the rank and file loses their right to decide. These things matter.

I am a big fan of Seth Morgan for Ohio Auditor of State, and of Dave Yost for Ohio Attorney General. But in a sense these races and who remains in them have transcended individual candidates at this point. As Matt writes, this is a “fight for the very soul of the Ohio Republican Party” — and in a broader sense, for the Republican Party nationwide. This is about whether ORP Chairman Kevin DeWine and his cousin Mike DeWine get to decide who will lead our party forward during the next election, or whether we the people get to decide.

If Chairman DeWine gets to decide, then by all means Dave Yost should drop out of the Attorney General race and go the path of least resistance for Auditor of State. If the DeWines get to decide, then certainly Seth Morgan should drop out of the race right now and be content with his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. But I don’t believe that Kevin and Mike DeWine should decide who will be on our statewide ticket, and moreover I don’t believe that either of them have proven that they are capable of making competent decisions for the good of Ohioans. I didn’t become a Republican to follow marching orders given to me by Kevin DeWine or establishment bloggers who live closer to D.C. than they do to Columbus. I became a Republican to take back this state and this country with candidates I believe can do the job.

Those candidates, among others, are Dave Yost for Attorney General and Seth Morgan for Auditor of State. I absolutely will not compromise for any scenario in which Mike DeWine runs uncontested for this party’s, my party’s nomination for Ohio Attorney General. Dave Yost and Seth Morgan shouldn’t compromise either. They are the future of our party and more importantly our state; Mike DeWine is our regrettable past.

I believe that this is a Tea Party campaign if ever there was one. Sure, up until now the Tea Party movement — or at least the publicity it has received — has focused on national candidates. Dave Yost and Seth Morgan may not, in the grand scheme of things, seem as important as Doug Hoffman or Scott Brown. But the Tea Party movement is about taking back America from the bottom up. That means that an obscure state representative running for Ohio Auditor of State is, or should be, just as important to this movement as a superstar insurgent Republican taking back the People’s Seat in Massachusetts.

Dave Yost is the People’s Attorney General and Seth Morgan is the People’s Auditor of State. Tamper with that and you open the door to Mike DeWine, the Establishment’s Attorney General — if, big if, he can beat Richard Cordray. Certainly, Yost and Morgan should remain in the races they are in because they are the right men for their respective jobs. But in a broader sense, Yost and Morgan should stay where they are to show the Ohio Republican Party and the national Republican Party one more time that we, not they, are the ones in charge.

My message to Dave Yost: Please, Mr. Yost, don’t let Kevin DeWine convince you that you can’t beat his unpopular, has-been cousin. We stand behind you and we will make those donations roll in the moment you announce you are going to take down DeWine, and you will be our next nominee for Attorney General. My message to Seth Morgan: Don’t you dare drop out of this race for Auditor, no matter what happens. You have stood for transparency and accountability since you started your term in the Ohio House. Hold your party accountable to the people now by staying in this race no matter what.

My message to the Tea Partiers of Ohio and across the country? We need your help, just like Doug Hoffman needed your help in New York and Scott Brown needed your help in Massachusetts. The only way to tell Mike DeWine not to let the door hit him in his RINO rump on the way out and to keep Dave Yost for Attorney General and Seth Morgan for Auditor of State is for you to raise your voices and demand it. And right now we need you to speak up with your wallets, because the DeWines are making this all about money. Little Kev-Kev and Mikey think they can buy the Attorney General’s office. Prove them wrong.

DONATE NOW TO SETH MORGAN FOR OHIO AUDITOR OF STATE

DONATE NOW TO DAVE YOST FOR OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL

[UPDATE: For the time being, please refrain from donating to the Yost campaign. Explanation to come this weekend. Thank you.]

It is vitally important that we help these candidates beat the establishment. The only reason that Dave Yost is even considering switching to the Auditor’s race is because DeWine has far more money and far more name recognition than Yost. Yost is afraid of and DeWine is counting on Ohio voters going with the devil they know, and that devil certainly is Mike DeWine.

You can make the difference in these races. You can show the Ohio Republican Party that we’re in charge, and you can show Mike DeWine the door. You can help Dave Yost and Seth Morgan take back Ohio, and they — along with our entire statewide ticket, and our next U.S. Senator Rob Portman — can help all of us take back America.

Other Coverage:

State Rep. Seth Morgan Exploring Run for Ohio Auditor: Run, Seth, Run!
Morgan Circulating Petitions — Announcement Soon?
Morgan Announces Run for Auditor: Win, Seth, Win!
Kevin DeWine: Let’s Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory
An Establishment Blog Sides With . . . the Establishment

Morgan Announces Run for Auditor: Win, Seth, Win!

State Rep. Seth Morgan (R-Huber Heights) announced earlier today that he is running for Ohio Auditor of State. This news comes a week after Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich announced that current Auditor Mary Taylor will run with him as the GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

I’ve been saying since the first murmurs of a Morgan candidacy started that I believe he’s the right man for the job. His term as a state representative has been all about government transparency and accountability. Why wouldn’t we want someone like that as our next Auditor? Moreover, Seth Morgan (like Mary Taylor) is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has the skills necessary to make sure the Auditor’s job is done right. Rob Portman, John Kasich, Mary Taylor, Jon Husted, Dave Yost, Josh Mandel, and now Seth Morgan — that’s a winning conservative ticket that will bring real change to Ohio.

Of course, you’ll always have your naysayers. Morgan is too young and inexperienced, some say. I say he’s just the fresh face that we need to bring even more enthusiasm to the GOP’s statewide ticket. Some say that he doesn’t have what it takes to raise the money necessary to beat David Pepper. I say that those folks haven’t been paying attention to this political climate, in which grassroots movements of ordinary folks have been ensuring that solid conservative candidates get the money they need to take on the Democrat machine. The Tea Party movement and other movements of grassroots conservatives will rally behind Morgan, wait and see.

The Ohio Republican Party shouldn’t just be satisfied with Seth Morgan as a candidate for Ohio Auditor of State; they should be thrilled. So now that Rep. Morgan has answered our rallying cry of “Run, Seth, run!” it’s time for an entirely different slogan:

Win, Seth, win!

Searching for 60: How Voinovich Could Screw the Nation [UPDATE: Voinovich Still a NO on ObamaCare; Call His Office to Thank Him]

Sen. Susan Collins, left, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, right (R-ME)

I was never worried that either of Maine’s Republican senators, Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, would turn out to be the 60th vote for ObamaCare. Sure, Snowe and Collins are more liberal than your average Republican senator and the Pine Tree State is more liberal than most states that send Republicans to Capitol Hill. But at the end of the day one simple fact remains: ObamaCare isn’t popular much of anywhere, and both Snowe and Collins will eventually be seeking reelection. Neither wants to be branded “the senator who brought you ObamaCare” when she comes up for reelection.

Sen. George "Crybaby" Voinovich (R?-OH)

Enter the Buckeye State’s senior Republican (?) senator, George “Crybaby” Voinovich — now infamous for choking up on the Senate floor while opposing John Bolton’s nomination for United Nations ambassador. And that’s just one of the many times that Voinovich has screwed over his constituents (not to mention his base).

Voinovich isn’t seeking reelection to the Senate this year, which makes him perhaps the most dangerous Republican in the Senate given his proclivity for stabbing his party in the back sorry, crossing the aisle. RedState’s Erick Erickson tweeted yesterday that Voinovich is reportedly meeting with President Obama today, and Weapons of Mass Discussion also reports that Democrats are going to target Voinovich to become their 60th vote for ObamaCare should Scott Brown be elected in Massachusetts.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a drill. Because Voinovich isn’t seeking reelection, he is — unlike Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — exceedingly likely to turn traitor on ObamaCare. He is vulnerable to the politics of legacy, to being persuaded that an act of bipartisanship would let him go down in history as the man who made history. Would it really be that surprising to see Voinovich hit the Senate floor, fight back those crocodile tears, and say that he is voting for ObamaCare because he’s “worried about [his] kids and [his] grandchildren” — just like he did when he opposed Bolton’s nomination?

Voinovich isn’t in the strict sense accountable to his constituents anymore. The only way to prevent him from turning traitor and becoming the only Republican senator to vote for ObamaCare is to make him fear that such a vote will, in fact, destroy his legacy. We have to convince him that ObamaCare will be a disastrous failure and that if he votes for it, that failure will be his only legacy.

How do we do that? First of all, prominent Ohio Republicans need to get out there early and often to condemn ObamaCare and to demand that both of Ohio’s senators vote against the final reconciled bill.

I want to see Rob Portman, John Kasich, and Mary Taylor on the news talking about what a disaster ObamaCare would be for Ohioans and how they’re certain, just absolutely positive, that a good man like Voinovich would never betray his constituents so grievously. Mike DeWine wants conservative votes for Ohio Attorney General? Then he needs to haul his happy RINO ass out in front of those cameras and publicly urge his longtime Senate colleague to vote against this unconstitutional monstrosity. If he won’t, I’m sure Dave Yost would be happy to do it for him.

The second component to stopping Voinovich from becoming Obama’s 60th vote is to pick up your phone or open up a new e-mail. Obviously the White House doesn’t think it’s too early to lobby Voinovich for his vote; we shouldn’t either. And here, for starters, is a great talking point:

Dear Sen. Voinovich, I just wanted to call and let you know that I don’t think fifteen Ohio University College Republicans drove all the way to Massachusetts over the weekend to fight to elect Scott Brown the 41st vote against ObamaCare just to see their Republican senator become the 60th vote for ObamaCare. K thanks bye.

That’s what I’ll be saying when I call Voinovich’s office today. What you say is up to you, but do give the man a ring or drop him an e-mail. If you’re near one of his offices, drop on in and tell his staffers that he better stand up for Ohio and vote against ObamaCare.

Washington, D.C. Office:
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Main: (202) 224-3353

Cleveland, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Southeast, OH Office:
78 West Washington Street
P.O. Box 57
Nelsonville, OH 45764
Main: (740) 441-6410
Fax: (740) 753-3551

Cincinnati, OH Office:
36 East 7th Street
Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Northeast, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Toledo, OH Office:
420 Madison Avenue
Room 1210
Toledo, OH 43604
Main: (419) 259-3895
Fax: (419) 259-3899

Dayton, OH Office:
(Based out of Cincinnati)
36 East 7th Street, Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Central, OH Office:
37 West Broad Street
Room 310
Columbus, OH 43215
Main: (614) 469-6697
Fax: (614) 469-7733

We are on the verge of killing ObamaCare when it looked very likely that it would pass. If Scott Brown wins today, he is the 41st vote for an ObamaCare filibuster — but only if another Republican doesn’t turn traitor and vote to make history. President Obama clearly believes George Voinovich might be that traitor, and given his record you should believe it, too. It’s up to us, especially those of us who live in Ohio, to make sure Voinovich sticks with his party and filibusters this bill.

State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), soon to be the 41st vote against ObamaCare

Let’s get to work.

UPDATE: Back at my computer for the first time today, and I see that Sen. Voinovich is stating in no uncertain terms that he will NOT vote for ObamaCare. Voinovich Press Secretary Garrette Silverman has said that Voinovich’s “stance has not changed,” and Third Base Politics (among others) reports that Voinovich’s meeting with Obama was apparently not about ObamaCare.

Given Voinovich’s record, I don’t think it was a bad idea for me to send up a red flag into the conservative blogosphere. I also don’t think it’s a bad idea for Ohioans to continue reminding the senator by phone, e-mail, and office visits exactly how we feel about ObamaCare. What could it hurt?

UPDATE II: Welcome Michelle Malkin, Memeorandum, Weapons of Mass Discussion, A Small Corner of Sanity, and Underground Conservative readers.

UPDATE III: Liberally Conservative, too!

UPDATE IV: On second thought, let’s take Sen. Voinovich at his word. He voted against ObamaCare the first time around and he says he’ll do it again. So instead of calling his office and beating a dead horse, why not call in and thank him for standing with us? Sends the same message without punishing good behavior.

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