LaRose LaStinks Senator LaRose last week went to extraordinary lengths to try and convince us (and his constituents) that he could be relied on to vote NO on SB 5.  I literally had people connected to him try three different ways to reach me and ask that we change our scorecard to show him as a No vote as opposed to going from “on the fence” to “Yes” as we had him.

Given that occurred just Thursday, it’s kind of hard to think that LaRose was LaLying to us and his constituents.  How the hell could you make the comments he made at the town hall he held in his district literally on Thursday about being against the bill, and then vote for it.

Immediately after the vote, the Senate erupted in changes of “LaRose Lied to Us” and “Shame on LaRose!”  Gilmor also received a verbal barrage during the Senate’s brief recess after the vote.

Jimmy Stewart is toast.  How bad does voting for SB 5 hurt Stewart?  So much that it’s more of a question if he’s even going to run next year at this point.  There is a candidate who has good chance of defeating Stewart, but we need to reevaluate a prior debate in the blogsphere over the Secretary of State’s race.

We aren’t going to find a pro-choice, pro-gun control Democrat to win Stewart’s Senate district.  Not gonna happen.  If you disagree, name that Democratic candidate.  Jennifer Garrison’s knock is that she’s adamantly pro-life and pro-gun.   That, for some in our party, made her not suitable for Secretary of State, even after she supported adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws. 

But let’s just put this out there.  Here’s Senate Majority Floor Leader Jimmy Stewart’s most recent campaign finance report shows his cash-on-hand versus Garrison’s:

  • Stewart: $8,524.56
  • Garrison: $228,726.71

That’s roughly a 27:1 cash-on-hand advantage for the Democrat at the start.  Garrison has a reason to get revenge on the GOP-controlled Senate.  Governor Strickland appointed her to the State Employee Relations Board (SERB), but the Senate GOP blocked her appointment in the “Christmas Week Massacre.”

Garrison has good name recognition in the district, a proven vote getter, a defendable record that sells in her district, legislative experience, and the money to get a conservative/moderate Democratic message out.

I’m willing to sacrifice ideological purity on social issues to win elections, especially after today.  Ted Strickland and Richard Cordray were pro-gun, and they had the narrowest margins of loss in 2010.  I don’t hear anyone objecting to Tim Ryan when we write about him, and he’s strongly pro-life.

Do you want to defeat Jimmy Stewart?  Then pitch me a better Democratic candidate to win that region besides Garrison.  I’ll listen.  But frankly, Garrison looks like our best candidate to take out the GOP’s Senate Majority Leader.

Incidentally, many of you quickly came here after the Senate vote to ask “What do we do now?”  Fortunately, Eric just happened to film my answer to that very question as we discussed it in our PlunderSuite (apparently while we were being visited by the Mahoning Valley minor league baseball team mascot).   I’ll tell you what we do now…

Three weeks ago, people thought I was insane to suggest that this bill would see bipartisan opposition and may pass by a one-vote margin.  The Republicans were unified and this was the bus we were told.  This was unstoppable.  We cannot even get this bill weakened; SB 5 was as good as already passed.

Remember three weeks ago, the political media in Ohio declared that passage of SB 5 in the Senate would be a cakewalk. And we nearly killed the bill today.

Not once ….. (in the Senate Insurance, Labor & Commerce Committee)

Not twice…. (Senate Rules Committee)

Not three times… (Floor Vote)

But four times today (all of the above, plus vote to recommit.)

What Senator Minority Leader Cafaro and her outgunned caucus was able to pull off today with the support of labor was nothing short of a miracle.  The Ohio Democratic Party must make financially helping the Caucus’ campaign funds so it can financial compete next year a major priority.  We need to stop treating them as our forgotten stepchildren.  We’ve got seats we can pick up, and we need to win them.

What do we do?  We keep doing what we’ve been doing.  We have fought them in the Senate committees, we fought them on their own Senate floor, and we’ll march across the Statehouse and take the fight to them in the House, and if need be, we will fight them on the streets of Ohio next November and kill this bill because God, as my witness, we will prevail.

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  • Let’s go

    Now that they are officially on the record hurting us, we need to know how to hurt them back.

  • Organized People

    Damn straight! The Franklin County Democratic Party had 50 people canvassing in Hughes and Bacon’s districts last weekend on this issue, and we got a huge response on the doors. As a result of the canvass, we dropped off over 260 letters to the two offices in opposition to SB 5. Bring on the referendum!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the problem with Garrison running IN HER DISTRICT. The problem was she was not the right person to run statewide and potentially be the only woman on the Democratic ticket (Strickland had not yet picked Yvette), effectively standing for all women in the state with her radical anti-choice positions at a time when that issue was starting to explode in significance again.

    Garrison should have stayed in the legislature and probably would have if the boys over at the ODP had not been so clumsy in how they handled her. I said this before and I’ll say it again: They were very disrespectful to her. When they first started hearing from people around the state that they would not support her for a statewide office, they needed to get her together with those people immediately and begin conversations about whether she was viable, not act like there was no problem until they couldn’t find anyone in Cuyahoga to sign on to host a fundraiser for her. Instead, they ignored complaints for months until it became a big emergency and people around the state were in full rebellion from the party’s choice and recruited someone else. So they dumped her late on a Saturday afternoon and plugged in their own candidate in order to maintain some control over the race. If I were Garrison, I would have done exactly what she did and told the party, “Screw you.”

    The ODP owes her a humble apology. If she’s the candidate that can win this district, they need to swallow their pride. Running her statewide was a gross miscalculation on Ted Strickland’s part (yeah, we now know that he was most likely behind her run) and probably helped cost him his race and put us in this position.

    One correction: Don’t drag Tim Ryan into this as if all “pro-life” positions were identical. Our specific objection to Garrison as a statewide candidate was that she is NOT a “Tim Ryan pro-lifer” but rather, a radical pro-lifer. Ryan has not been a leader on bills to attempt to limit a woman’s right to choose, and he HAS been a leader on pregnancy prevention measures, proven to be the most effective way to decrease the number of abortions. One of our objections to Garrison as a statewide candidate was that she had several opportunities to sign onto pregnancy prevention measures and she did not do so.

    Oh, and you left out a big Garrison asset, one I heard over and over as to why she was our SOS candidate, that supposedly made up for the total alienation of women: labor LOVES her. When we were talking about recruiting someone else, it was always pointed out that she had already sewn up a zillion labor endorsements, as she has always been an unswerving supporter of labor. Hmmm ….. I wonder how THAT will play right now? If she runs, I’d say that pretty much wins it for her.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I am in ocsea– I talked with a couple of folks today about the referendum.
    correct me if I am wrong but after Doofus signs the bill we have like 90 days to have something written up and give to legislators? to stop it going into effect..
    then we must rally the forces and get 6% of the total votes cast from last Nov. on petitions … that would be about 232,000 votes… MUST be registered voters in their counties ? or just registered?
    so we thought to get prepared we would start asking folks to check their board of elections and make sure they are registered — some one already stopped and got registration cards for those we run across that arent registered
    is all this correct ? any advice will be welcome
    thx for all you have done

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    sorry I meant 232,000 signatures on petitions

  • Anonymous

    Clearly was a typo. Oops.

  • Anonymous

    Clearly was a typo. Oops.

  • buckeyekelly

    I’m not a big Garrison fan and I think what went down in her district during the primary was pretty slimy and honestly, was a big reason why I was so turned off by the State coordinated campaign (don’t think I”m not wrecked with guilt now). Garrison’s machine couldn’t get Secrest elected – someone who has just as high name recognition for a seat her husband used to hold against a joke of a candidate. Of course, that district (both House and Senate) is a funky district for other reasons besides Lady Garrison and the social issues. With all that said, the recent hijinx here in Columbus may make all this nonsense stay in the past and remind those sleepy Democrats what’s really at stake.

  • UnionJoe1199

    I just want to say thank you to Plunderbund. You guys have kept me and all my union peeps informed for weeks now and for that I say thank you.

  • Tarfam325

    Amen! My 17 year-old son just proposed a great idea. He said since the legislators have no regard for their public employees and are trying to divert tax funds away from school districts and fire and safety services, we should ALL refuse to pay our taxes. Not very practical or realistic, I know…but wouldn’t it be a HUGE statement if we all banned together and took a strong stand like that? I will pay my federal taxes. I will pay my local taxes. But I will NOT pay state taxes if they are going to under-handed, dirty, lying politicians who want to take away my livelihood while they are unwilling to sacrifice anything. If John Kasich and his cronies want to make a difference in Ohio’s budget, I suggest they start with selling the Governor’s mansion and every single item in the house. How can people have problems with unions protecting middle-class Ohioans livelihood and still support paying for a mansion and perks for our Governor? Those days are long gone. Then, the legislators who voted for this bill should be subject to the limitations the are so willing to impose on others. Let US vote on THEIR salaries and pensions and benefits and choose the plans that we feel are in our budgetary constraints. That would only be fair. Until they agree to let us have a voice on how our taxes are spent, I say: “Don’t pay them!”

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all you do, Joe. Your Governor won’t say it, but we will.

  • Dan

    What do you think about a recall for LaRose & Stewart? It would be like the opposite of a primary challenge – one or two wins would get everyone’s attention. Dan.

  • Anonymous

    A SHOUT OUT to Plunderbund for everything you are doing to help Ohio’s middle class. You are making a difference.


  • I’m a retired state employee. Some people ask me why I care? I care because I know the job they do and I know they are under appreciated. I have many friends that still work in prisons all over this state and I will continue to support them. I will continue to go to the rallies and stand beside my union brothers and sisters. Thank you for all that you do.

  • Anonymous

    I, too, am a retired public employee. My career was spent in administrative positions , never belonging to the unions but always respecting all who served the people of Ohio.

    This fight is about our country, our future, our children’s future. Throughout most of our lifetimes, we have all enjoyed the advantages of living in a prosperous America. The recent economic downturn has frightened many and has fired up the greedy to take everything they can and to take joy in the taking.

    Our job now is to work as hard as we did in our jobs so that others can know the promise of a bright future. By doing this, we have the opportunity to save a wonderful country leaving a legacy that will allow for a grounded and fruitful middle class.

    Thank you, Cheryl for continuing to serve the people of Ohio.

  • Greg Soper

    It is registered voters. We have until July 6 to do this

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    well lets start talkn — and gettin ready — all the signatures will need to be checked
    every couple weeks we need to post in here
    “see that you are registered and see that your family and friends are also ”
    I want these bozos stopped


    Thanks for the info Greg

  • Debbie

    How about Senator Hite, a RETIRED teacher, voting for SB 5! He has hammered the nail in the coffin of public education, not to mention what he has done to his fellow educators in the State of Ohio. I quite frankly would like to do something with the college football ring that he was flashing yesterday during discussion on the Senate floor…but I’m too much of a professional to write it on a public forum. But I’m guessin’ you get the idea…..

  • Schmajo

    If we need to collect petition signatures and conduct an election campaign, why do a referenedum on SB 5? Why not go for an initiative amendment to the Ohio constitution that guarantees collective bargaining rights for public employees?

  • Anonymous

    We’re hearing both may be done. A referendum issue this November, and a constitutional amendment next November.

  • Anonymous

    Move to Ohio… then you can talk.

    We didn’t smear a decorated combat veteran. We attacked a politician for indicating one thing and doing the opposite.

    Did I support LaRose’s defeat? Nope. Never even wrote about his race last year. Nor did anyone else here.

    Thanks for playing. Next time, get a clue first.

  • clambake

    Well,I would like more info on from where that cash on hand comes. It might make her viable, but it also might make her undesirable in my view.

  • clambake

    Well,I would like more info on from where that cash on hand comes. It might make her viable, but it also might make her undesirable in my view.

  • Donus

    Maybe Senator LaRose will now support other great Republican ideas like Prohibition!!!!

  • Nflstarr

    If the private sector is so concerned about the disparity in their wages and benefits as compared to union workers perhaps they need to look at the salaries and benefits of government employees next! We won’t forget the “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Regime tactics that passed this bill.

    BTW what “IDIOT” would put firemen and police in this situation? How stupid is the person we elected as governor anyway?! Kasich better hope he never needs the services of either! Can’t think they’d be in too much of a hurry to assist him?

  • Nflstarr

    I believe that if we would just teach our children on football fields here in the US most of the people who are now against education would turn out in droves to support it! Just threaten the athletics when a levy or bond issue is at stake and here come the votes to support it! When are these people going to grow up?!

  • DumpJimmyStewartIn2012

    How about Debbie Phillips? She may not be anti-gun control, but she is definitely pro-union, and since 30%+ of all workers in the 20th District are public employees, she’s in a really good position to play off his weakness.

  • DumpJimmyStewartin2012

    Ohio does not allow recalls of our officials. Bummer.

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