PD Openers Blog asks “Could Capri Cafaro become the next Ohio Senate Minority Leader?”

This question – which I’ll answer in a second – has sparked some conversation among Ohio’s lefty bloggers.

Modern over at BSB is actually kind of freaking out about the thought of having Capri Cafaro replace our current (and completely ineffective) Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller.

Modern is supporting Tom Roberts for the position, and that makes a lot of sense.

Tom is an experienced Ohio politician from Dayton who has served in the State Senate since 2002. Before that he served as a State Representative.

And if it was up to me, I’d choose Tom as well.

But I do feel like I have to defend Capri a little.

She isn’t a lightweight. Despite her inexperience and youthful good looks, she certainly is not the Sarah Palin of Ohio Politics.

Capri went to Stanford. She got her Master’s from Georgetown. She worked for Senator Kennedy.

She may be ambitious but in politics that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’ve been saying the same thing about Barack Obama for 2 years now.

I’m 100% behind the decision to choose Roberts as the next Senate Minority leader, but I might also consider Capri for Assistant.

So coming back to the question “Could Capri Cafaro become the next Ohio Senate Minority Leader?” – the answer is most likely no. She will not and should not be the next senate minority leader.

But keep your eye on this gal. She isn’t going away any time soon.

  • Paul Gatlinburg

    Cafaro has never been elected to anything. She has no right to a leadership position in the legislature if she can’t even get people to vote for her.

  • Thanks for the post. I’m looking for more articles like this on Cafaro

  • I don’t really have a strong opinion either way on Cafaro, but it does seem to me that ME is being a little harsh.

    That said, Roberts is clearly the better choice.

  • Chris J.

    I think Capri gets a bad rap based on her family and past politics out of the Mahoning Valley. Though i think Roberts is the best choice AT THIS TIME, don’t count Capri out long term. The girls got skills!

  • So obviously I was wrong.

    Thank God for term limits. At least these jokers will all be gone soon.

  • dirtgirl

    I’ve been pretty impressed with Capri when I’ve seen her in committee hearings. She definitely does her homework and asks lots of insightful questions. I think she probably does it to overcome that bleach-blonde shopping mall heiress thing. She even dyed her hair brown.

  • former kennedy staffer

    I worked for Senator Kennedy in the mid-90s and Cafaro was only a part-time intern, not a staffer. She also interned for Republican Senator Al D’Amato. Staffers cringed when she was in the office because she and her family were ethical time bombs. She is not a Sarah Palin type — she is more Ted Stevens or Tom Delay or Dem Congressman Jefferson.

  • former acquaintance

    I knew Cafaro when we were teenagers and her family lived in Washington, DC. Even then, the “ethical time bomb” element was obvious, based on her parents’ uncanny ability to present as mob stereotypes. She was a naive to the ways of Washington culture as a young teenager but was fiercely ambitious even then, and I’m interested to see things work out for her.

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