With a heavy-handed top-down approach, the ORP wants to force-feed former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine to you as the GOP nominee for Ohio Attorney General.
Yes, this is the former U.S. Senator who lost to a liberal Democrat, Sherrod Brown, in 2006. For the record, neither I nor my family members voted for DeWine in the GOP primary of 2006. William Pierce and David Smith were both more palatable than DeWine.
In the general election for U.S. Senate in 2006, yes, we voted for DeWine and not Sherrod Brown.
This year, though, if Mike DeWine is the GOP nominee, my family members will be voting for Richard Cordray. Richard Cordray. Let me say that again, because I know that there are some bloggers with a long memory, especially on the left side of the aisle that know I’ve taken jabs at Richard Cordray in the past. Richard Cordray.
If David Yost, who has served as Delaware County Prosecutor, is on the GOP primary ballot, my family will be voting for Yost. If Yost is the GOP nominee for AG in the fall, my family will support Yost.
The Republican Party of a few Ohio counties have made endorsements in the AG race already. So far, those counties have all weighed in on the side of David Yost, including Huron County’s GOP. None have endorsed DeWine. Kevin DeWine, a cousin of Mike DeWine, is the chair of the Ohio Republican Party, and it is readily apparent that he is his cousin’s crony because he is doing everything he can to muscle David Yost out of the GOP primary for AG to clear the way for Mike DeWine to be unopposed in the primary.
But let me say it again, if Mike DeWine is the nominee, my family will be voting for Richard Cordray. I know this because I’ve already had this discussion with my family numerous times.
Boy, will I be eating a lot of crow if I’m endorsing Richard Cordray for AG this fall, but better to eat crow than to vote for Mike DeWine as AG.
And here’s a simple message to Mike DeWine so that he understands at least one principle: A candidate’s views on the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are, indeed, relevant to making a choice about who should be our next Ohio Attorney General. Sorry, but this is an issue that cannot be swept under the rug or overlooked in an AG race.
Besides the cronyism on full display by ORP chair Kevin DeWine, I suspect that other Washington DC insiders, like Rob Portman and John Kasich, may be complicit in the maneuverings that blocked Mary Taylor from running for U.S. Senate, or even Ohio Auditor, in order to bait a trap for David Yost (who has also served as a Delaware County Auditor) to abandon the Attorney General race and place him in the Ohio Auditor race.
When it comes to the Ohio Auditor race, the ORP dropped the ball. There was a vacuum for the space of a few days. The vacuum can’t remain empty. So Seth Morgan, currently a state rep, declared his candidacy for Ohio Auditor. The most persuasive argument Mary Taylor made during her campaign for Ohio Auditor in 2006, was that she was eminently qualified for the job, because she was an actual CPA. Seth Morgan is also a CPA, and, though he got a late start due to Kasich’s meddling, Morgan can tout that credential as the trump card in the race against the Democrat nominee.
So, to the ORP, don’t bother with recruiting an Auditor candidate now. That problem has already been taken care of. You had the chance, but you fumbled the ball, and Seth Morgan recovered it.
If Seth Morgan and David Yost face off in a primary for Auditor, I will be endorsing Seth Morgan for Auditor. The CPA credential is a persuasive one. But I’d also have to endorse Morgan to punish the ham-handedness of the ORP in trying to pull everyone’s strings.
Am I a lone voice in the wilderness? A solitary blogger in pajamas? According to the counties that endorsed so far for AG, no, I’m not alone. My views on this matter are widely held among the grassroots. Furthermore, for your reading pleasure, I’d like to plug the following blog articles:
Some say it would take a bozo of a GOP chair to screw up statewide elections this time around. We may just have a bozo on our hands. We shall see.