Looks like Chris Redfern has been working the phones with a lot of people other than me.

The theory further went that as titular head of the party, Brown, who faces re-election in two years, would replace Redfern with trusted politico and former union boss John Ryan, who works for Brown.

In the insular ODP world that allows the AFL-CIO to give us Rob Burch, Lee Fisher, Marc Dann, etc., I suppose making John Ryan the new ODP chair makes all the sense in the world.  In a world where Democrats actually win elections, it makes no sense at all.

Sherrod Brown can be re-elected just fine without his guy as ODP chair.  In fact, he’d probably have a better chance of being re-elected if the AFL-CIO operated independent of ODP, if ODP had a chair that was independent of both Sherrod and the AFL-CIO, and if Sherrod kept his team together rather than try to fill ODP with his own folks.

Looks to me like we’re heading down precisely the same road we always head down.  Lovely.

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  • Anastasjoy

    Couple of things. Who DO you see as an effective ODP chair? Names elude me. And no, I’m not all that confident that Sherrod won’t be Russ Feingolded. You know that as one of the most progressive members of the Senate, the big secret corporate money will be gunning for him.

  • Anonymous

    Fire Redfern, Tim says! But don’t make it an union guy with ties to Sherrod! Just declare your candidacy for ODP Chair and get it over with already… ODP/OFA did the most spectacular GOTV operation in recent Ohio history, Tim says. They both suck, Tim says (both of which you’ve written AFTER Tuesday.)

    Now you’re blaming the unions for Marc Dann? Unbelieveable.

  • mvirenicus

    doesn’t matter anymore. this state is doomed. has been for a long time, it’s just doomedier now. the only people who stay in ohio are those who are afraid of moving to a place that actually has expectations. new ohio motto:

    in god we trust because nobody else expects a damned thing from ya!

  • Anonymous

    i’d like to see tim russo as odp chair. that’d be fun …

  • John Ryerson

    Who is John Ryan? I have been active for 20 plus years in a red county, been with the ODP voter protection program, and I have never heard of him. Why should should he any any more credibility than anyone else? The issue of whether Chris Redfern should be replaced is different one.

  • Anonymous

    whoever it is, could you please make sure the ODP – and all other democrats and liberals – continue to insult the tea party people. that was a big help this past election

  • John Ryerson

    Thank you, Eric. I would like to meet him, especially if he does have a chance to be the next ODP chair.

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