I got an e-mail from a reader saying that when he found out that Jennifer Brunner’s Courage Express was going to be near his neighborhood, he contacted the campaign:

Knowing that the Brunner Campaign Bus was coming to my area for some events last weekend, I called them and told them they could come to my neighborhood to knock on some doors and I would try to get them some press.  AND THEY CAME!  You should have seen the looks and giggles from my neighbors when they had a US Senate candidate knocking on their door.

Brunner campaigning in Cleveland

It was picked up in the local Sun newspaper.  Did I mention this was in Cleveland?  Brunner is going to be campaigning again in Cuyahogoa County tomorrow.

I’m spending the afternoon doing phone banking in Cincinnati.

Brunner was just endorsed by Columbus GLBT community publication, Outlook, today:

In the Democratic primary for US Senate, we endorse current Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Brunner is of those politicians who speaks her mind regardless of the cost, and she?s been one of the most pro-GLBT voices in Ohio for decades. She came out for full marriage equality before many of us even dared dream of it, and she?s never backed down from her full support of our community. Her challenger, Lt Governor Lee Fisher is also a longtime friend of the community, who has supported our causes and HRC for decades and stood up for HIV/AIDS when no one else would. Though Fisher is late to the table in his support of full marriage equality, he says he?s at the table now, so on our issues there isn?t much difference in the candidates.

Our concern with Fisher is that in his current role we haven?t seen him be a driving force for change and we frankly just don?t find him a very appealing candidate. He doesn?t have a good track record at the polls, he carries the air of old political white guy, and we don?t think he could win in the fall against his Republican opponent. It?s the Eric Fingerhut syndrome. This race is a choice between a true progressive and an old-school Democrat, and we believe that Brunner is the best choice in this race.

Brunner also talked about the good turnout at the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus organizing conference today.  I’m sure Brunner got a warm reception, and I bet Fisher had nobody there.

I’m not asking this as a rhetorical question folks… I know SOMEONE who reads this site has to support Fisher or knows what’s going on with his campaign: is Lee doing any campaigning beyond his television ads?  I live in SWO so I’m not surprised not to see much of a Fisher presence down here (I’ve seen none.)  But maybe a reader in Dayton, Cleveland, Columbus, or Toledo can tell me if they’ve seen Lee Fisher besides he’s television ad?

His invisible ground game hardly refutes my concerns that he’s a flawed campaigner to run against Portman.

Please, Lee, let us know that you’re campaigning.  I swear, we’re not looking to ambush you with video cameras like your former freaky stalker/tracker… We’re worried about you.  You never visit, write, or call.

10 days to go….


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  • He was in Mingo Park in Delaware this morning for a breakfast. Got a robocall about it. Can't say if he was there or not as I didn't go. My girls had a soccer game. Tons of cars there though – most for soccer I'm sure.

  • anastasiap

    Don't ask ME. I was out in the rain, canvassing for Jennfier on the west side of Cleveland. I knocked on the door of some longtime acquaintances of mine ? he wasn't home but she said she'd heard Jennfier on TV and was impressed. Her opinion of Lee? “He's so done!”

  • James

    I was canvassing here in Columbus today. GRASSROOTS WILL WIN THIS ELECTION!

  • CheriC

    Lee turned up at the Lorain County Democratic party annual banquet tonight. He spoke ahead of everyone else, pleading another engagement in Cleveland (u, right). Jennifer was there with the Bus. I was sitting with the Brunner campaign people at a table near the door along with a few local people. As Lee whooshed past us, he looked at the three of us “locals” & said “you're sitting at the best table”. He then glanced around the entire table & only then realized who he had just said that too. Heh.

    Also must point out that at the end of the evening, all of Jennifer's buttons & bumper stickers had been vacuumed up by the attendees. The Fisher paraphenalia? Still sitting there.

  • I got a Lee Fisher mailer the other day, after I'd already cast my absentee ballot for Brunner.

  • anastasiap

    He does that a lot, doesn't he? He doesn't seem terribly fond of sticking around, talking to people or listening to other speakers. I was at a banquet here in Cleveland last fall (Hard Hatted Women) where he was the featured speaker, and they had to rearrange the order of speakers because he dashed in so late in the program. I suppose sometimes he might have a legitimate reason (although since cmapaign is his only job now, it's hard to figure out what it is) but it comes off as if he's just too important to think about us peons.

  • adrienne

    If this was last Sat April 17 in the afternoon, I was there. Long story short, I was invited on the Courage Express for the afternoon. I thought this was what was supposed to happen. Candidates go door-to door canvassing for votes. Don't know what Fisher is doing. Haven't seen him, but was interested in what he had to say. Was hoping he had something to say to me. All I hear is crickets.

    Voted on Friday at the BOE downtown. Have canvassed, have and continue to phone bank. Working on a dk diary now.

    Like I said before, I'm in the bag for Brunner. I am proud to be a nobody. Funny thing though, there were a lot of nobodies at the “Beers for Brunner event”, and many people pulled out their checkbooks. I collected some envelopes myself to pass onto the campaign. Of course it helped that the Cavs were on the TV that afternoon.
    thanks again guys for providing a local forum for my rants!!

  • CheriC

    I found it interesting that he didn't show up at the SEIU Leadership Assembly in the Cincy suburbs this weekend. Jennifer, Sherrod, Ted, Rich Cordray – all were there. Lee? Nope.

  • adrienne

    Hey Brian,
    Where and when was this picture taken? Was it on the west side of Cleveland? Wanted to include it in my diary.


  • MagillaGorilla

    Picture was taken in Fairview Park on Sat., 4/17

  • adrienne

    Hey guys,
    I need some help with the title of my diary. Has pics of April 17. My afternoon with Jennifer Brunner sounds too boring.

    thanks again

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