We knew Republicans would be looking for ways to help defeat the SB5 referendum in the fall, and it looks like they’ve come up with a new one: jump on the tea party bandwagon and help to put an anti-health care amendment on the ballot in November.

In early 2010 tea baggers in Ohio formed The Ohio Project in an attempt to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio that would effectively block the national health care law from impacting Ohioans. They tried to put it on the ballot in 2010 but they couldn’t come up with the needed signatures. They have been collecting signatures non-stop for almost a year now and they are still pretty far from their goal.

I’ve seen them at fairs and festivals throughout the state with their anti-Pelosi and anti-Obama signs but they hardly ever seemed like a serious organization. Judging by their signature gathering results so far I think my impression was pretty accurate. It looks likes they are going to get some help from the Ohio Republican Party.

I just got an email from ORP Chairmain DeWine asking me to donate twenty five bucks to help put the Health Care Freedom Amendment on the ballot in November. I assume this money will go to help pay for signature gathering, and man could the Ohio Project folks use it.

While I understand the GOP’s goal here: put another, more conservative initiative on the ballot to help bring out voters who are more likely to vote against the SB5 repeal, it honestly seems like a huge waste of money. I haven’t seen any polling on this proposed amendment but it seems to me they might as well just spend the money renting a bunch of buses to drive tea baggers to the polls in November.

Here’s the email from the ORP:

Fellow Ohioan,
It was March 23, 2010 when President Obama signed his health care bill into law. Against the will of the American people, the President and Democratic Congress unleashed one of the worst pieces of legislation our country has ever seen.
In reaction to the President’s praise of Obamacare in his deficit speech last week, the Wall Street Journal labeled the law a “new multitrillion-dollar entitlement” and a harm to job creation.

Commit a gift of $25 now so that we can strengthen our effort to put the Health Care Freedom Amendment on the November ballot.

In partnership with the Ohio Project, we are fighting to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to individually choose their health care and health insurance. Today, April 18, 2011, we ask that you join us.

Support a constitutional amendment to protect Ohioans against Obamacare’s burdening government mandates.