From the daily archives: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Update: Julie Carr Smyth of The Associated Press picked up this post. Results for the title of her piece has 369 373results so I guess it’s fair to say we got the word out on this one!

On March 24, 2010 this headline ran in The Dispatch: “Governor’s race: Kasich leads Strickland 42-37% in new poll”.

Republicans around the state cheered the news and began looking for ways to personally profit in case Kasich was able to pull off a win.

Lots of them began volunteering on the campaign hoping to get a job after the election.

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In the last few years, I’ve really warmed to Ted Strickland, like everyone does.  I’m really saddened by his defeat, and I wish him and Frances nothing but the best.  However, Ted has to be handed some serious responsibility for his loss, and consequently, the loss of every statewide office in the state.  So what’s that responsibility?

Ted ran a great campaign, no doubt, in an impossible environment.  You can quibble with a few decisions here and there, but overall, it was beyond professional – any statewide candidate, anywhere, would kill to have that operation.  The problem, as has always […]

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Already getting that special interest out of the trough.  From the Dayton Daily News:

“…If you think you’re going to stop us, you’re crazy. You will not stop us. We will beat you,” Kasich said. “We will listen to you. If you think we’re doing something that really doesn’t make sense, tell us. If you think that I’m going in the wrong direction, stop me. I don’t want to drive over a cliff. I just want to be a good governor. And in being a good governor, I just want you to be part of the team…I just […]

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So what of Chris Redfern?

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I’ve gotten some pretty substantial blow back over my phone call yesterday with ODP Chairman Chris Redfern.  I mean, guys, gimme a break, I just reported the call!

It is news that Chris Redfern’s only call to an Ohio blogger yesterday was me.  Well, the phone call yesterday was spin.  It wasn’t a scoop.  I just reported the spin, which suggests Redfern is terrified of losing his job.  He should be, given the result.

The ODP operation in 2010 was probably the best mid-term grassroots effort I’ve ever seen in Ohio.  It failed.  Is it fair to blame Redfern […]

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I heard rumors about this floating around on election night and I just saw that Hannah confirmed it: Strickland will get to appoint O’Connor’s replacement when she takes over as chief justice on January first.

Since Strickland will be Governor until January 10th, he’ll still be in power when the vacancy opens up and therefore will be able to fill it.

Anyone think he’ll choose Eric Brown again? Cordray?

I’d love to see him appoint Kent Markus just to piss off the right wing bloggers.

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that a newspaper in India is cheering the election of John Kasich because they believe it’s an end of Governor Strickland’s executive order prohibiting state contracts from using overseas labor.

Strickland’s executive order expires at the end of his term, unless Governor-elect Kasich reinstitutes it when he’s sworn in.

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According to the Columbus Dispatch, statewide turnout was four percent lower than what Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner predicted.

Only 48% of registered voters voted.  And John Kasich and Mike DeWine couldn’t even get a majority from that minority.

Whomever is in charge of the Montgomery County Democratic Party should resign.  11.1% drop off in turnout!  Seriously?!  I’ve been told that in Montgomery County the GOTV operation focused more on phone calling than actual canvassing.  You have to wonder if that may have been a problem.

For all the talk of Cuyahoga County, we only […]

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