Yet again Lee Fisher co-opts an idea first touted by his opponent in the Senate race.? Lee takes Jennifer Brunner’s pledge and signs her no endorsement petition.? He will not seek the endorsement of ODP.? The following letter went out to Executive Committee Members.? We win:

Dear Executive Committee Member,

Over the past four years, I have traveled across Ohio, working closely with Governor Strickland and community leaders to help save, create, and attract Ohio jobs, talking about how to chart a new path to economic opportunity and growth, and help us recover from the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression.

As part of a spirited primary campaign for the U.S. Senate, both Secretary of State Brunner and I have actively sought the endorsements of county Democratic parties and Democratic organizations and leaders throughout our state who share our vision. I am proud to have earned the endorsements of statewide and local unions; the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus; county Democratic Parties; mayors of big cities and rural towns; several members of our hard-working Congressional delegation; a large majority of our Democratic state legislative caucus; House Speaker Armond Budish; and the leader of our party and my good friend, Governor Ted Strickland.

Well over 100 members of the Ohio Democratic Party State Executive Committee have pledged to support our campaign, and we have the support we need to earn the State Party’s endorsement in this primary.

But it has become clear to me that winning such an endorsement may jeopardize our Party unity this Fall. There is simply too much at stake this year to risk dividing our Party. Therefore, I have decided that I will not seek the Ohio Democratic Party’s endorsement.

In that spirit of unity, I pledge today that I will do everything in my power to elect Jennifer Brunner Ohio’s next Senator if she wins the May primary and becomes our nominee.

Our Republican opponent, Rob Portman, is the ultimate Washington insider. After two decades as a lobbyist, member of Congress and the head of George W. Bush’s budget and trade efforts, his campaign will be extraordinarily well financed by national Republicans and his special interest friends.

Our party must be united behind our nominee to beat Congressman Portman and help Democrats across Ohio win this Fall.

I am running for the U.S. Senate because I refuse to stand by at this critical moment when our children’s future literally hangs in the balance. I know you share my strong belief that Ohioans — as they have always done — are ready to meet the challenge.

Thank you for everything you do to make this a strong and vibrant party that is committed to electing progressive Democrats at every level of government. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Thanks very much.

Sincerely,

Lee Fisher
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Candidate for the U.S. Senate

(Bolds added)

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