And Lee Fisher’s campaign refuses to even confirm to the traditional media that his campaign has formally asked for an endorsement.
74,000 e-mails were sent out in the first 48 hours alone. And given that the Brunner campaign didn’t send it out until late Friday, there’s a good chance that they’ll be another smaller surge today as some people are just learning about it for the first time.
Here’s the message from Brunner campaign manage David Dettman to supporters this morning:
You have spoken collectively with strength and vigor. In the first 48 hours you sent over 74,000 e-mails to members of the ODP’s Executive Committee and added your names to our online petition. Some of those on the committee have talked to us since your emails and said they don’t want to see an endorsement process go forward on Wednesday, and we’re glad.
Your voices are being heard. Now, Jennifer’s opponent needs to withdraw his request for endorsement.
Jennifer Brunner was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 2006, beating her Cincinnati opponent in his own county and winning 52 of Ohio’s 88 counties with a 15% statewide margin of victory in a 4-way race. She cleaned up our maligned election system and made sure Ohio elections are fair and accessible. A record number of Ohioans voted in 2008 to elect President Obama. Ohioans now trust their elections. Jennifer’s opponent was last elected in his own right 20 years ago in a race decided by 1,234 votes by the Ohio Supreme Court. The last thing Ohio Democrats should do is “stack the deck” against a competitive primary.
Democrats need to be smart and let this process move forward without an endorsement. We’ll have enough challenges in the fall. Jennifer’s opponent must not tear our party apart with a painful endorsement fight. Please stand with Jennifer for a fair primary.
And we’ve gotten our first member of the Executive Committee to tell us how they plan on voting… she’s trying to respond to as many of the e-mails she can, but has told me in no uncertain terms that she will oppose any effort to have an ODP endorsement:
I agree with you that it would not be in the best interest to endorse in this primary race and I will vote to NOT endorse should the question arise at the 3-24 Executive Committee meeting. We need a united party to win in November and we will only disenfranchise voters with an endorsement in such a close race.
Contrast that with former Fisher aide/ODP Executive Committee member Bill DiMora.
Meanwhile over at BSB, new Ohio Young Democrats President Bobby Duncan promises that he’ll make an official statement before tomorrow’s planned Executive Committee meeting on the issue of an endorsement. He also graciously provided his e-mail address which was not included in the Brunner’s campaign e-mail campaign as he’s a recent replacement for former Young Democrat President Amy Groya.
It’s refreshing to see at least a few members of the Executive Committee acknowledge that they owe it to their fellow Democrats to let us know how they’re planning to vote. After all, if this endorsement is going to mean anything, shouldn’t those pushing for it want to it appear to be the will of the grassroots Democrats, and not a political prize handed out behind closed doors and in secret?
We all know how Bill DiMora is going to vote, so why not just admit to it instead of acting like an ass? Why does the Fisher campaign refuse to even acknowledge that they’ve even started this divisive process?
Who will Lee Fisher represent in Washington? Average Ohioans or party bosses?