So, remember just a few days ago we were talking about how bank lobbyist Steve Stivers told a 9/12/Tea Party group that he supported repealing the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that calls for the direct election of U.S. Senators?

Well, Stivers is now claiming to the Columbus Dispatch, he apparently is just too incompetent to check the right box, even with a campaign office of seasoned hired Republican campaign operatives helping him in what is supposed to be one of the most important races for the Republicans nationally this year.? This, of course, makes him a safe choice to vote on matters of national security.

Stivers Oops “‘I made a mistake,’ he said today. ‘I answered that question wrong. It was not intentional.'”

Oh, so he just simply checked the wrong box!? Well, thank god, he’s not a nut job or just one pandering to them.? I mean, if all he did was check the wrong box, that just means he recklessly stated he wanted to repeal a constitutional amendment, and after all, how many times have we all seen that happen in a major congressional campaign?? It’s not like he ever meant it.

It’s just all a huge misunderstanding that the Dispatch points out that the Stivers campaign failed to clear up the last time a newspaper asked him about the exact same question on the same questionnaire just back in January.

According to the January 11, 2010 story in The Hill, Stivers was asked about the exact same response but said then:

Stivers acknowledged that repealing the 17th Amendment isn?t really a priority right now, but he said he sympathizes with its federalist underpinnings.

?For some people, it?s a states?-rights issue,? he said. ?I think that?s why they asked the question, and I?d certainly be willing to go back to what our Founding Fathers set up, as far as checks and balances in our republic in our bicameral legislature.?

Steve Stivers in April, care to rebut?

Stivers spokesman John Damschroder said the candidate erred both on the survey and his January interview, but said the goof-up didn’t cost anyone anything.

Nothing but his credibility.? But how much was that worth in the first place?

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