This post actually makes me happy.? It tells me that Kasich’s campaign realizes that the Kasich-Taylor launch didn’t exactly go as planned and now they’re trying to muddy the waters to make Strickland’s campaign look like an equal disaster.

The only problem is that it’s entirely untrue.

Jon Keeling honestly expects people to believe that there’s someone who would actually have personal, first-hand knowledge of this and the first person they’d think to tell is a blogger in VIRGINIA – and nobody else.? Jon Keeling expects you to believe that he (ex-Kasich staffer) is more connected to the inner workings of the Strickland campaign than I am (ex-Strickland staffer).? Nonsense.

Look to the immediate right of this website.? See that webad?? Do you honestly think the Strickland campaign would buy a webad to collect addresses and donations to announce their running mate ?if they believed that they couldn’t find a running mate?? It’s already in the bag, and Keeling knows better.

Yes, technically, the campaign’s spokewoman said that “no pick has been made,” but that’s what you say when you want to build up curiosity as to the pick instead of having it leak out like it did with Taylor.? Nobody but Jon Keeling honestly heard that statement and believed it means what Keeling thinks it does.

But if you somehow still are not convinced that Jon Keeling isn’t full of crap, look what he actually wrote:

If Strickland picks someone on Monday or Tuesday, within the “days” as defined by the Governor’s campaign, then we’ll know that while he didn’t get his first choice, he still was able to get things figured out.

Yep, you read that right.? Even if the campaign announces on Monday the pick, in Keeling’s Imagination Land world of reasoning, that actually proves it.? In the Land of the Sane, it would actually disprove it.

Anyways.? Unlike Keeling, I actually DO have connections to the Strickland campaign and they’ve flatly denied Keeling’s story.

First, the campaign spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith told me, on the record:

“The lieutenant governor position has not yet been offered to anyone. As we have said all along, when the governor makes his decision, we will announce it.”

Furthermore, the campaign folks I talked to, all of whom would know, said Keeling is just nuts.? Everyone I talked to in the campaign specifically said nobody has declined to run on the Governor’s ticket.? His entire story is nonsense.

[UPDATE]:? I just got a phone call from Jeff Ortega, the Assistant Director of Communication for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.? He had inquired into the matter with key personnel in the Secretary’s Legal Department and says they are “unaware” of anything like what Keeling reported about “someone from ODP” asking the Secretary of State if Strickland could file and name a running mate later.? Expecting the Keeling would try to change his story, I asked Mr. Ortega if anyone from the Governor’s office or the Governor’s campaign contacted the office asking for such a legal opinion.? Again, Mr. Ortega said that his office is unaware of any such request.

Beyond that, Mr. Ortega said that it’s highly unlikely anyone would ask for such an opinion in the first place as both the petitions and the statute unambiguously state that a running mate must be named on the petition.? And that’s yet another reason I knew Keeling was lying from the get-go.? There’s no ambiguity in the statute and everyone understands that a running mate has to be named.? There’d be no point in asking a legal opinion on such a clearly established issue.? I’ve given Keeling the benefit of the doubt, but everyone, whether they’re on the record, on background, and even off the record says the same thing:? Jon Keeling is simply making this up.

Keeling.? I’ve actually got sources and they’re willing to go on the record.? Better luck next time!

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  • Shalom Brian,

    Yesterday I got a Ohio Democratic Party Email over Chris Redfern's signature annouceing Governor Strickland's pending announcement of his running mate.

    I forwarded the email, along with my reply to Chris to Eric and Tim (I probably should have tacked you on as well)

    What I said to Chris was this:

    Shalom Chris,

    It was bad enough that Kasich did his best to engineer a lame non-event event.

    You and I both know that no one cares who the Lt. Governor is. Feck, you?d have a hard time finding Ohioans who could tell you who the current Lt. Governor is.

    You and Governor Strickland both have much more important tasks to focus on than this.



    Now I see a further flaw in the ODP announcement, it gave Kasich's minions yet one more silly event to flap about.



  • modernesquire

    But, Jeff, don't you see? The FACT that Chris Redfern sent out an email about Strickland's running mate announcement is EVIDENCE that they have none! It's all a massive conspiracy to discredit Jon Keeling with . . . the truth.

    I agree that most voters don't care. I confess that I really don't care who Ted's running mate, and I write that as I wear my Strickland for Governor t-shirt. I do think there are newsworthy aspects of the Taylor decision, and particularly what was said at the press conference, though.

    But you're right. Keeling is trying to get people to care about a non-issue.

  • Jen

    Keeling should stick to what he's good at, riding around in Winnebagoes and putting t-shirts on lobbyists to make it look like the candidate of the day is popular in that particular town.

  • modernesquire

    Tell us more, Jen… I'll be your best friend. 🙂 Are you talking about the AWB campaign against Tim Ryan?

    I would love to know more about Jon Keeling's history of astroturfing. Or here's fine, too.

    But you have my full attention.

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