Just got a statement from the Garrison campaign. ?She’s done with politics.

State Representative Jennifer Garrison, announced today she will not seek the Democratic nomination for Ohio Secretary of State….

Garrison does not plan to seek re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives.

This is how a coward leaves politics. ?It fits with how this coward campaigned for office – gay baiting a neanderthal grunt of petty hatred in a tiny portion of the electorate in order to gain political office. ?Don’t let the door hit you in the ass Jennifer, you will not be missed. ?To paraphrase what you said to Subodh Chandra, Jennifer, people where I come from won’t vote for people who are like you.

I’m hearing that organized labor told Garrison that they were about to rescind their endorsements and back O’Shaughnessy. ?If that’s the final nail in Garrison’s political coffin, then labor in this state should be very proud, indeed. ?They added the final straw to a pile that included gays, women, minorities, every constituency in this state’s Democratic Party who simply would not accept a candidacy from Republican central casting.

And yes, notch another scalp in the ol’ Ohio blogosphere belt. If it weren’t for blogs, the anger toward Garrison’s candidacy from the gay community, and from women in the party against a rabidly anti-choice candidate, would have stayed on a low simmer, she would have been forced down Ohio Democrats’ throats, and she would have lost the seat spectacularly in November. ?Because of blogs, at the hand of blogs, Jennifer Garrison was made an example. ?And yeah – we’re gonna take credit.

In the Ohio Democratic Party in 2010, after the Bill Ritter/Mike Foley 2006 primary, if you play like a Republican, you get treated like one. ?Thus, Jennifer Garrison joins Bill Ritter in political oblivion where no one will ever hear from either again. ?Good riddance.

  • Good riddance indeed. Maybe she can run as a Republican now and drop the pretense.

    Blogs deserve alot of credit for hammering this home as does the activist community. I will also give ODP a great deal of credit as well for listening.

  • modernesquire

    But, Eric, nobody reads blogs.

    Seriously, alot of people deserve credit on this. This is a huge victory for the GLBT community, the blogs who were open about not supporting Garrison (ahem), and finally, Chris Redfern who realized that something needed to be done.

    It wasn't easy, and it's unprecedented for a party chairman to talk about a member of his own party's legislative leadership in the manner in which he did. However, it made it possible for us to get a Secretary of State candidate we could all support.

  • Awesomest news of the weekend! Ohio bloggers deserve a HUGE thanks from the whole nation for this!

  • Brian

    Great! Now the bloggers just need to get rid of other “Dems” who support gun rights, like Ted Strickland, and who use gay-baiting ads, like Tim Kaine, and who are against gay marriage, like Barack Obama! Then we can finally be the party of inclusion and tolerance!

  • Who is that candidate again?

  • akronboy

    way to cut off your nose to spite your face plunderkids

    yes she was a repub in dems clothing but at least she voted with Budish so the Dems had control of the house

    now with her out, the R's will win that seat for sure.

    So great job, you got the girl out of politics, but you also will be a big reason the Dems lose control of the Ohio House

  • You sure you're an “akronboy”? Maybe I should call you a Connersville Kid. LOL

    Love to give you a bit more credit, but we don't like anonymous trolls much here.

  • mvirenicus

    Not sure which your words convey more: contempt for your intended audience or that you're about to cry. Please advise.

  • mvirenicus

    You make one move toward this commie's gun and you'll find yourself hoping for confinement in a gulag. Hehe. I'm so funny. I agree that guns need better controls, or just better enforcement of existing gun laws. In regard to marriage, it should be banned or allow those so inclined to have their union recognized by a minister of the easter bunny or cthulhu, but it shouldn't be recognized by the state. Only civil unions should have legal standing and they should be open to all. Except maybe kids and dogs. No civil unions for them. Cats yes, but no dogs. And people shouldn't be allowed to have kids, but that's a whole separate issue.

  • Think she’s headed to Disneyland?

  • akronboy

    definitely not contempt

    I love open dialogue, and I see your reason for being happy she is gone but in big picture it is a negative that she retires.

    only way a D in Marrietta gets elected is to be closer to center like her

  • modernesquire

    Hey, genius, if Garrison had stayed in the race, then wouldn't we have “lost” this seat anyways?

  • modernesquire

    Garrison wasn't at the center. That's nonsense. She was to the right of the Republican incumbent she defeated: former Lt. Governor/Governor (for eleven days)/Marietta Mayor Nancy Hollister.

    Garrison wasn't toxic to Democrats on guns nearly as much as her extremist views on GLBT and abortion issues.

  • akronboy

    a D won a district that they rarely win, and the only way she won it was to be pro gun, pro life and as you I am sickened by her anti GLBT stances

    all I am saying is you can kiss the Ohio House goodbye

  • I don't get the Connersville reference. I grew up in Cville, IN. Is there one in Ohio, I couldn't find it.

  • Cthenson

    She sucks, just as a human.

    I am personally happy b/c it deff. puts the house seat in play.

    It has been verrrry fun to watch.

    Congrats tho guys, u took her on and took her down. She is a coward.

  • akronboy's IP resolves to Connersville. The one in IN.

  • Huh. Small world or some shit.

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