2010 Lincoln Day Dinner in Fremont with John Kasich

For the 2nd year in a row, John Kasich, candidate for Ohio Governor, was the keynote speaker at a Lincoln Day Dinner for the assembled GOP’s of Sandusky County, Seneca County, and Ottawa County.  The speech he delivered last night, Feb. 18th, was significantly retooled from last year’s speech.  His opening remarks still need further retooling, but the rest of his speech showed a marked improvement over last year’s speech.

Among the others also addressing the assembled crowd were 5th Congressional District Representative Bob Latta, State Senator Karen Gillmor, Ohio Supreme Court Justices Judith Lanzinger, Paul Pfeifer, and Terrence O’Donnell.  About 350 people attended the event, overflowing the venue’s parking lot capacity, and stuffing the venue itself like sardines in a can.

During Kasich’s opening remarks, the gubernatorial candidate clumsily announced his campaign had a gender gap problem, dropping the names of women who were running his campaign, mentioning his running mate, Mary Taylor, and afterward, referring to his wife and twin 10-year-old daughters.  He quipped that he didn’t have any men in his inner circle, thus he had a gender gap problem.  I don’t believe the audience was very amused, and I think the spiel came off as being very condescending.  To further retool his opening remarks, I recommend that Kasich drop the “gender gap problem” quip.  Instead he should say something like “At the outset, I wish to express my profound appreciation for . . .” and then, when stating each woman’s name, add some resume bullet-points for what each has accomplished on behalf of the Kasich campaign and the strengths that each bring to the table.  Working on a campaign is a temporary job.  At some point, when Kasich’s campaign has wrapped up at the end of the year, these women will be looking for work again.  There were people in the room who might possibly be in a position to hire these women in the future, so Kasich had an opportunity to advance their careers by publicizing their accomplishments and strengths.  He didn’t do that.  If Kasich is going to bring his family into the political arena by mentioning his wife and daughters in a public speech, it wouldn’t hurt to point out their strengths as well, much like newly elected U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, proudly touted the strengths of his wife and daughters.  Kasich didn’t do that either.  Instead, without pointing out the strengths of the women who form the backbone of his campaign effort, but merely rattling off names and job titles, Kasich almost seems to be invoking the image of a sheik surrounding himself with a harem.  The lack of a mention of men’s names in Kasich’s acknowledgments would have spoken for itself without having to try to be cutesy and coming across as condescending with the “gender gap problem” quip.  After expressing his appreciation for each woman and touting their accomplishments and strengths, Kasich could have led the crowd in a round of applause in honor of the important contributions of these women.  Retooling the message in a manner similar to what I’ve recommended here might lead to a warmer reception from Kasich’s audiences.

For the remainder of the speech, Kasich deftly shed the perception of being a Washington insider, talking about his Congressional battles to curb government spending even in defiance of prominent politicians in his own party.  He recounted an experience when he was not satisfied with either the Democrat version of a budget bill or the Republican version of a budget bill, so he gathered his staff together to craft their own budget bill.  He said his budget bill crafting team included just 7 other people in addition to Kasich, himself, in contrast to the huge cadre of White House staffers that drew up President George Herbert Walker Bush’s budget, or the plethora of lobbyists that handed a budget proposal to the Democrats.  Kasich stated that he sought accountability and savings from every government agency, including Republican establishment sacred cows like the Pentagon budget that procured such ordinary items like nuts and bolts at grotesquely overinflated prices.  In response to his renegade budget bill draft, a loud and clear message was delivered to Kasich that the President, from his own political party, George H. W. Bush, was angry with Kasich.  With dogged determination, Kasich continued his advocacy for a balanced budget, in line with his core principles of limited government, limited taxes, limited spending, and a private economy poised for growth, and eventually the unrelenting advocacy paid off with a balanced budget during the Clinton administration that was muscled through in the wake of a series of government shutdowns.  His highlighting of experiences wherein he took on the insiders within his own party was Palinesque, and possessed the same appeal to the audience that Sarah Palin might invoke during a similar recounting of taking on entrenched interests within her own party.

Kasich further distanced himself from Washington by pointing out that it will soon be 10 years since he has served in public office, touting all the things he learned about the real world outside of Washington in the private sector economy that he will reference to aid Ohio’s recovery if he is elected as Ohio’s governor.  He acknowledged that those whose careers consist entirely of politics are too far removed from the conditions that the rest of the nation’s population experiences.  He vowed to reverse the conditions that have chased corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs away from Ohio.  He also sounded a note of inclusiveness in his campaign and approach to governing, letting audience members know that he was as frustrated as other Ohioans and that he was eager to band together with other Ohioans to make a collective effort to reform our state government and turn around Ohio’s economy.  As evidence of his inclusiveness, he pointed to his 88-county house party, where, with the aid of modern technology, he and Mary Taylor were able to communicate simultaneously with gatherings of Kasich-Taylor supporters in every county of Ohio.

His frequent repetition of his commitment to creating the necessary conditions to expand the private sector economy of Ohio through limiting government’s scope, increased efficiency and accountability of state government, a drop in state spending and state taxes, and balancing state budgets without punishing Ohio households and businesses by imposing fee increases appealed to audience members sympathetic to the Tea Party movement.  Kasich didn’t have to invoke the quip of “I was the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party” to drive his point home.  He let the audience members connect those dots themselves, thus avoiding a condescending tone,  . . . and he can do the same in in his opening remarks (hint, hint).

Press Release: Steve Christopher files to contend for Republican nomination for Ohio Attorney General office

Steve Christopher filed yesterday with the State of Ohio to challenge Mike DeWine in the May Republican primary election for Ohio Attorney General.

“I made the decision to run against Mr. DeWine in order to give Ohio voters a conservative choice, after Dave Yost was asked by the Ohio Republican Party to run for Ohio State Auditor instead of Attorney General.”

Through a statewide grassroots effort, Christopher was able to garner nearly three times as many signatures as were needed over the past week in order to meet the quota necessary to file for candidacy.

“I am grateful for the efforts of so many who have stepped up to the plate to help in this endeavor.  People were literally hand-delivering petitions to my offices from as far away as Cincinnati and Medina.  These folks are the real heroes.”

Christopher is an attorney with offices in Findlay and Kenton.  He has been in the practice of law for 26 years, as well as serving as acting judge in Hardin County and as a Blanchard Township trustee.  He teaches part-time at Ohio Northern University.  He has lived in Hardin County most of his life, and is married with three grown children.

Crunch time for candidate petitions

I just want to remind potential candidates that time is running out to get signatures gathered before the petition deadline.

February 18th is the cutoff.  That’s a little over a week away.

I’m certainly hoping that we won’t have uncontested races this year.  Voters need choices on the ballot in order to effectively check and balance government.

I’ve mentioned the mechanics of gathering signatures in past blog articles here and here.  For more campaign tips, let me plug the Killer Campaigning website one more time.

For an official resource, please make use of the Ohio Secretary of State webpage.

ORP has the wrong approach to primaries

At Kyle Sisk’s blog, Ben Keeler (of Keeler Political Report) has written a very thought-provoking guest post urging Republicans to close ranks behind Mike DeWine’s candidacy for Ohio Attorney General.  It’s so thought provoking that I wanted to share the many thoughts it provoked.  Due to some glitch, or, I don’t know what, I wasn’t able to post my thoughts there, so, for a change of pace, I’ll reproduce my thoughts here.  First, let me point to my prior posts about Mike DeWine and my beef with the ORP here, here, and here.  For good measure let me also reference a prior post wherein I report on a conversation I had with Kevin DeWine at a Lincoln Day Dinner (wanna go to a Lincoln Day Dinner?)  in Erie County back in 2008.

Here’s an excerpt of what Keeler has to say about the Ohio Auditor race, with Yost being handed the ORP’s endorsement for the primary:

” . . . people got mad and felt “betrayed” by Yost for switching races! Let me tell you something, Dave Yost did what any politician would have done.  Why, tell me, would have he stayed in the race for AG given the opportunity that fell in his lap?  “Hey, I can lose my primary race for AG, piss off a lot of important party members in the process, but my few loyal Facebook supporters will still be happy with me!” Hell no.  He did the smart thing for his career – he took the state backing for the Auditor’s race, and he will likely be the nominee this fall.  Not only did he help himself, but he helped the party out of a jam.  He did, however, subject himself to a few blog posts calling him a traitor.  I think he’ll live.”

Here’s an excerpt of how Keeler views the Ohio Attorney General race between Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray:

“DeWine is a better choice than Cordray for AG.  He can self-fund the race and along with his fundraising network, valuable dollars can be allotted to other races that have huge future ramifications for the state. Cordray will be forced to spend money on his own race as opposed to giving it away to other key contests.  Mike DeWine is more conservative than Cordray, even if he is opposed to Joe Blow owning an AK-47 to hunt rabbits.  Do you think Team Cordray would have rather faced DeWine or Yost?  If you answered “Yost” then either you are a) a liar, B) delusional or C) a combination thereof.  Instead of blasting him, we should be happy that a former two term senator wants to run for another statewide office and risk personal prestige and personal money in the process and win the office back for our party.”

Those of you who pay attention to my sidebar wherein I offer some explanation of why I’m referred to as a RINO may be wondering why I won’t back Mike DeWine.  And if you read that Kevin DeWine post, you may be mystified why someone who views the GOP as a big tent party is upset with the ORP for including Mike DeWine on the statewide slate.  Some may think I’m being hypocritical and inconsistent.  Therefore, I hope my following response helps demystify why I am supporting Seth Morgan, not  David Yost, for Ohio Auditor, why I am supporting Richard Cordray, not Mike DeWine, for Attorney General, and why I’m angry at the ORP.

I think of the GOP as a big tent party.  I don’t apply a purity test to candidates.  I voted for Pierce in the Senate primary of 2006, but voted for DeWine in the general election because I knew that he was a better choice than Sherrod Brown.

I voted for Jeannette Bradley in the Treasurer primary in 2006.  I felt she’d always been a good steward of the public’s trust when she’d held executive positions, so I didn’t buy into Sandy O’Brien’s argument that Bradley should have passed some litmus test on issues irrelevant to being a treasurer.  Nevertheless, in the fall, I voted for O’Brien over Cordray. O’Brien’s uncheckered tenure as Ashtabula County Auditor was sufficient to assure me she was up to the treasurer’s job, while Cordray was being the political opportunist that he is, because his career ambition is to be a politician, first and foremost.

I vote for the person, not the party.  I most often vote Republican, but I’ve voted for minor party candidates, I’ve voted for independent candidates, and I’ve even voted for Democrats.  With each matchup of candidates, I weigh the person in the balance. I weigh each alternative choice on the ballot.  I always vote in contested races.  I only leave races blank on my ballot if it’s an uncontested race and I don’t approve of the unopposed candidate.  I don’t give the Republican Party carte blanche to dictate how I’ll vote.

If Mike DeWine were running for Secretary of State against O’Shaughnessy, a person who seems likely to aid and abet the shenanigans of ACORN-type organizations every bit as much as Brunner did, I’d support Mike DeWine.

But that’s not the situation.

If Dave Yost had opposed Richard Cordray for Attorney General, I would have supported Yost because of his experience as a prosecutor that Cordray lacks.

But that’s not the situation.

With Yost in the Auditor race, his qualifications fall short of that of Seth Morgan, CPA.  I support Morgan.  If Yost wins the nomination over Morgan, I’ll support Yost against Pepper, but I don’t want Yost to win the nomination.  I want Morgan to win it.  Yost has prior experience as an auditor at the Delaware County level.  Pepper is not qualified in any way shape or form to be auditor.

Because of Mike DeWine’s wrongheaded views on the 2nd Amendment, he is, in my opinion, unfit for offices within the judicial branch, and he’s also unfit for Ohio Attorney General.  I can’t just sweep this issue under the rug in an Attorney General race.  It’s relevant.  Richard Cordray at least respects our 2nd Amendment rights.  To me, the decision is clearly cut-and-dried.  Cordray is the better AG candidate.

I am, of course, galled that the ORP cleared the primary for DeWine.  I think Yost had even more potential to win the nomination against DeWine than O’Brien did against Bradley back in 2006.  Even if Yost hadn’t won the nomination, he would have increased his name recognition for a future run for AG, because Mike DeWine will lose to Cordray whether or not DeWine has a contested primary.  If DeWine couldn’t prevail against the likes of Sherrod Brown, I see no way for him to pull this one out against Cordray.  Cordray is far more palatable than Sherrod Brown ever was.

I am also galled that the ORP doesn’t sit on the sidelines during contested primaries and trust the decisions about nominees that Republican primary voters will make.  The ORP acts like we don’t know what’s in our best interests, so they will make the decision for us.  That’s wrong! WRONG!!!!!  I think it’s wrong for the ORP to do everything within its power to squelch the campaigns of the likes of Ganley, O’Brien, and Morgan.  If Portman, Husted, and Yost really were the best candidates for those positions, the ORP shouldn’t have to resort to such malicious tactics.  Therefore, either the ORP doesn’t trust its own voters, or, for their own purposes apart from that of the voters, they wish to foist endorsed candidates upon us that aren’t as good as the unendorsed candidates.  Either way, the ORP is fully deserving of the scorn heaped upon it.

County Lincoln Day Dinners starting to appear on the calendar

The Republican Party, at the county level, being closer to the grassroots, is not always as dysfunctional, out-of-touch, and misguided as the GOP at the state level.  Many county parties host annual fundraisers often known as Lincoln Day Dinners (not always, though–for example, Ashtabula County will have a Lincoln Day Breakfast, and Marion County will have a Harding Day Dinner) where attendees enjoy a catered meal, meet Republican candidates (especially helpful during primary season if there are contested nomination races) and elected officials, and listen to featured speakers.

If you consider yourself a Republican but haven’t ever attended a Republican function or event but figure it’s about time you started getting yourself involved before the GOP self-destructs without your input, a county-level Lincoln Day Dinner might be an excellent venue to make acquaintances that can propel you into a greater level of involvement.  If you do manage to become more involved in the GOP, perhaps you can have a positive impact on the party’s future.

ORP has a directory of county parties throughout Ohio.  Some counties haven’t announced Lincoln Day Dinner plans yet on the web, but the calendar is starting to take shape.  Some counties will band together to have a multi-county Lincoln Day Dinner.  I’ve copied and pasted the ones I can pinpoint so far, but I must urge caution that times and places for these events are subject to change (I’ve known them to change with relatively short notice), so it’s best if you use this information and take the next step of actually contacting somebody (using the directory) in the county organization to verify all the details of the event when reserving a seat (yes, please reserve in advance) and obtain a promise to notify you promptly should any of the details change.

Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner
Friday, February 5, 2010
Holiday Inn Eastgate
Social 6:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM

Columbiana County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Salem Elks Lodge
824 East State Street
Salem, Ohio
5:00pm Early Bird Reception
6:30pm Dinner
Guest Speaker Rob Portman
To RSVP or for more information please contact Tara Canestraro at (330) 223-1511

Clinton County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Monday, February 8, 2010
6:30pm
Clinton County Fairgrounds Expo Center
958 W. Main St
Wilmington, Ohio
Guest Speaker Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor
To RSVP or for more information please contact the Clinton County Republican Party

Hancock County Lincoln Day Dinner
Monday, February 8, 2010
6:00pm
Lincoln Day Dinner at Riverbend Lodge.
Speakers will be the two candidates for Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine and Dave Yost.

Holmes County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 8, 2010
6:00 PM
Carlisle Village Inn
4949 Walnut St, Walnut Creek, OH

Licking County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner
Friday, February 12, 2010
Location: Longaberger Golf Course
Event Chair Beth Yocum—details to follow

Lake County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Thursday February 18, 2010
Croatian Party Lodge Center
34900 Lake Shore Blvd
Eastlake, OH (Just west of Route 91)
Keynote speaker will be Rob Portman
VIP – $150 (includes private reception beginning at 5:30 PM)
Patron – $75 (including general reception and dinner at 6:00 PM)
Dinner Only – $40 (beginning at 7:00 PM)
For information or to RSVP call 440-357-1200 or visit www.lakegop.com
Reservations needed by February 12

Seneca, Ottawa and Wyandot Counties Joint Lincoln Day Dinner
February 18, 2010
Crystal Arbors, 2270 W. Hayes Ave., Fremont, OH
Social Time – 6:00 PM
Program – 6:30 PM
Cost is $35 per person
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Wayne County Lincoln Day Dinner
February 18, 2010
Greenbriar Conference Center
50 Riffel Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Portage County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 19, 2010
Kent American Legion
1945 Mogadore Rd
Kent OH,44240?
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman

Ashtabula County Republican Party Lincoln Day Breakfast
Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:00am
Casa Capelli Restaurant
4641 Main Ave.
Ashtabula, Ohio
$25 for a reserved floor seat
$20 for a balcony seat
To RSVP or for more information please contact Bill Pikor at (440) 812-5704

Medina County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 20, 2010
Weymouth Country Club
3946 Weymouth Road
Medina, OH 44256
Cost is $35 per person (RSVP by 2/16)
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
Cash bar starts at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
For more information and to RSVP please visit:
http://medinagop.org/
or contact Sandy Calvert
330-241-2128
cscal81@zoominternet.net

Brown County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 20, 2010
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Fayette County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 22, 2010
Details to Follow
Guest Speaker will be Jon Husted

Tuscarawas County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 24, 2010
5:30 PM Sponsor Social and
6:30 PM Dinner
Dutch Valley Restaurant
1343 Old Route 39 Northeast
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Guest Speaker will be Dave Yost

Muskingum County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 25, 2010
Details and location yet to be determined

Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
February 25, 2010
Details coming soon…

Hamilton County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner
Friday, February 26, 2010
5:30pm – 10:30pm
Paul Brown Stadium
Speaker: Rep. Michelle Bachmann
Cocktails: 5 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m.
$75/person
Parking under Paul Brown Stadium in garage for $4/car
For more information, please contact HQ at 381-5454

Coshocton County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 2, 2010
Ravens Glenn Winery
56183 U.S. 36
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Social 6:30 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker will be Josh Mandel

Meigs County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 2, 2010
6:00 PM
Meigs High School
42091 Pomeroy Pike
Pomeroy, OH 45769
Guest Speaker will be John Kasich

Madison County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Thursday, March 4, 2010
First United Methodist Church
52 North Main Street
London, Ohio
6:00pm Social
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Program
Guest Speaker John Kasich
$25 per person
To RSVP or for more information please contact Pete Kitchen (614) 879-7044 or Steve Saltsman (740) 852-3115

Darke County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Guest Speaker Rob Portman
More details soon….

Washington County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 11, 2010
Social 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Location yet to be determined
Guest Speaker will be Dave Yost

Gallia County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
Saturday March 13, 2010
Time is 6:00 pm
Rio Grande University
Rio Grande, Ohio.
Speaker for the event is Josh Mandel

Lorain County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 20, 2009
DeLuca’s Place in the Park
6075 Middle Ridge Road
Lorain, Ohio 44053
Guest Speaker will be Mike DeWine

Knox County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
March 20, 2010
Dan Emmett Conference Center
160 Howard Street
Mt Vernon, OH 43050
Guest Speaker will be Auditor Mary Taylor

Geauga County Lincoln Day Dinner
March 27, 2010
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
Contact Chairman Ed Ryder for more information

Crawford County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
April 5, 2010
Keynote speaker will be John Kasich
Woodlawn United Methodist Church
1675 Hopley Avenue, Bucyrus
Location is subject to change
Ticket price is yet to be determined

Marion County Republican Party Harding Day Dinner
April 19, 2010
All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
6989 Waldo-Delaware Rd, Waldo, OH, 43356
Social Hour 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
$25 per person/$45 per couple
Guest Speaker will be Rob Portman
RSVP to MarionGOPJohn@hotmail.com by 4/13/10
For more information please visit
www.MarionRepublicanPart.com

Butler County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner
April 23, 2010
Savannah Center
5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069

Another round of town halls with state rep Terry Boose coming soon

Editor’s note:  Last fall, State Rep. Terry Boose, (R-Norwalk) of Ohio’s 58th House District, hosted a successful town hall tour.  The following press release, dated Jan. 28, announces that more town halls are on the way, starting in Norwalk on Feb. 27, 2010.

Local Legislator Terry Boose to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Norwalk

COLUMBUS— State Representative Terry Boose (R- Norwalk) announced today that he will be holding a town hall meeting in Norwalk on Saturday, February 27th, 2010.

“Over the past year I have enjoyed meeting with constituents throughout the district,” Rep. Boose said. “Some of the best ideas that I have brought down to Columbus, such as job-creating proposals in the Future of Ohio Jobs Package, have been inspired through my town hall meetings.”

The Town Hall meeting will be at Norwalk High School in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The building is located at 350 Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk.

In addition, Representative Boose is planning for Town Hall meetings in Amherst, Bellevue, Vermilion, Wellington, and Willard over the next few months.  The announcement for these Town Halls will be sent out once the location is confirmed.

The 58th House district includes The City of Norwalk, Huron County, Southern and Western Lorain County, and Eastern Seneca County.

Democrat corruption: It’s not just a Cuyahoga County thing

Athens County, Ohio, home of Ohio University, is on a much smaller scale than Cuyahoga County.  Nonetheless, they’ve had to do some corruption-purging among Athens County Democrats.  Don’t make too much noise about it though, because they might charge you with defaming their character in a lawsuit, as former Athens County Democrat Party chair Susan Gwinn has threatened against Nate Nelson, an OU student.

Nate Nelson is blogging about this at From the Rust Belt:

http://fromtherustbelt.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/gwinn-threatens-ou-student-with-libel-suit/

Back in November 2009, he ran a story about  Susan Gwinn at Nate Uncensored that was linked by Michelle Malkin, highly esteemed conservative blogger with a national following.

For more of the back story, Southeastern Ohio Conservative Thoughts has an archive about Gwinn.

There’s even more complete Susan Gwinn coverage at Athens Runaway.