Eric just put up a diary at Kos detailing it.? Cross posted here.

Lee Fisher is the DSCC’s chosen candidate for US Senate in Ohio, even to the point of threatening Jennifer Brunner in December. Brunner is Fisher’s Democratic primary opponent May 4, Ohio’s sitting secretary of state, and a hero of progressives nationally.

Last week, Brunner issued a directive enforcing longstanding law that requires a voter who wishes to switch parties and receive the other party’s primary ballot to sign a statement declaring they adhere to their new party’s principles. It’s a measure designed to prevent shenanigans like Rush Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos, wherein Republicans jumped to the Democratic primary in 2008 to skew the results in their favor.

Brunner has come under heavy attack from Ohio Republicans for this directive, with Ohio Republican Party chairman Kevin Dewine daring Lee Fisher, Brunner’s primary opponent, to denounce Brunner’s directive.

“Lee Fisher should immediately tell Ohioans whether he supports Jennifer Brunner’s use of her position as Secretary of State in order to influence this critical election. It’s unacceptable that Brunner is jeopardizing voting rights, and Fisher should immediately step forward and denounce this maneuver,” said John McClelland, spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party.

Lee Fisher today obliged, did the bidding of the Ohio Republican Party, and sent out an email doing precisely what the Ohio Republican Party asked Lee Fisher to do. So thrilled that Lee Fisher did what Ohio Republicans want him to do, the Ohio GOP tweeted a pat on the back to Lee Fisher within hours.

It gets worse.

In Fisher’s email, there’s a link to a “petition” you can sign to tell Jennifer Brunner to do what Republicans want her to do as well!


Here’s the text of the link: is registered with the DSCC.

Registrant Name:Jude Meche
Registrant Organization:DSCC
Registrant Street1:120 Maryland Ave NE
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Washington
Registrant State/Province:District of Columbia
Registrant Postal Code:20002
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.2022242447
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Admin ID:CR31297644
Admin Name:Jude Meche
Admin Organization:DSCC
Admin Street1:120 Maryland Ave NE
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Washington
Admin State/Province:District of Columbia
Admin Postal Code:20002
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.2022242447
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Tech ID:CR31297643
Tech Name:Jude Meche
Tech Organization:DSCC
Tech Street1:120 Maryland Ave NE
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Washington
Tech State/Province:District of Columbia
Tech Postal Code:20002
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.2022242447
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:

So the DSCC is running an online attack against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, which the Ohio Republican Party begged them to initiate, and is now applauding.

Who is the REAL Democrat in this race?

Fisher already sent out a mailer attacking Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and every Democrat in Washington. Now he’s doing the bidding of the Ohio Republican Party, with the help of the DSCC. How can we trust Lee Fisher to support Democrats going forward, if he’ll resort to parroting GOP attack lines when the going gets tough? Will he throw Ohio governor Ted Strickland under the bus when the going gets rough in the fall?

I think we know how to deal with this kind of stuff.

We support Jennifer Brunner.

We donate to Jennifer Brunner.

And we make damn sure that Jennifer Brunner is our nominee for US Senate after the May 4 primary in Ohio.

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  • Leatrice Tolls

    I used to consider myself a “progressive” .. Jennifer Brunner is no hero to me… Until she publically explains ..& reconciles her decision to allow Ohio BOE's to destroy the 2004 Presidential ballots ,against a Congressional injunction … with many unreconciled yet certified results.. ie many counties w/ more certified votes than registered to vote … no reconciliation of vote flipping on the then new to Ohio machines of people who voted for Kerry yet registered as Bush voters on the screen.. and arcane rules not followed that allowed almost the margin of win provisional ballots to be thrown out … what kind of hero is she really? Not super.. fo shizzle….no matter how glossy her new website may be I don't see her as a hero of elections reformed.. and I was a well trained .. county recount coordinator… sorry..

  • modernesquire

    Yeah, the 2008 elections were a NIGHTMARE! Seriously? You want to plan Brunner for what happened BEFORE she was in office?

  • anastasia P

    Lea, you're offbase here. First of all, the machines were only being used in a handful of counties ? single digits out of 88, so a small number of reported “flips,” which could never be traced two years later, didn't make a difference. And she did not make a “decision” to allow the Boes to destroy 2004 ballots, poll books and other records. They were actually scheduled to be destroyed anyway, based on the legal time line for retaining, and she was in the process of arranging for them to be shipped to be warehoused in Columbus since the BoEs were complaining they didn't have storage space. It was then that she discovered that much of the material had been “lost” or destroyed ? at least some in more than 50 counties. I wrote about this in depth for the Free Times. She was hoping to salvage and store the information ? which the BoEs had TWO YEARS to “lose” under Blackwell's reign. Apparently, they took advantage of this. To blame Jennifer for this is disingenuous at best and reflective of very misplaced blame. I was also a well-trained recount person ? I think that's where I met you. That was 2004. What, pray tell, would you have had Jennifer do in 2004 ? or 2005 ? or 2006?

  • mvirenicus

    none of this matters. get on the brunner bus!

  • Tom S

    Why would anyone be angry at a state official who is enforcing the law of the State of Ohio?? Oh, now I remember….. POLITICS! The gop wants that seat to remain republican!

    PS….. Isnt Ohio the state where the President of Diebold PROMISED that he would do everthing in his power to throw Ohio into the bush column?? He delivered , didnt he.???

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