Today, February 1st, the state central committee of the Ohio Republican Party is receiving phone calls and facing on-the-spot protests in Columbus regarding the heavy-handedness of the ORP in clearing the Ohio Attorney General primary field for Mike DeWine, and for endorsing David Yost for the Ohio Auditor primary over a qualified CPA, Seth Morgan.
The ORP has mishandled statewide elections in the past, anointing candidates (think Taft) based on campaign treasuries, political favors, and name recognition while throwing consideration of a candidate’s competencies, qualifications, and principles under the bus.
This year has been particularly egregious, as I’ve pointed out in a prior post about the DeWine, Yost, and Morgan machinations of the ORP. It’s amazing how, in the span of a few short weeks, the Republican hold on the key apportionment board seat of Ohio Auditor went from a virtual lock to a near forfeit to the Democrats. The ball was clearly fumbled by the ORP, and Seth Morgan, a qualified CPA, recovered the ball. The ORP, however, is telling the grassroots that we are all blind, that there was no fumble and the ball was handed off to Yost. We’ll soon find out if the rank-and-file Republicans of Ohio can swallow such revisionism. We weren’t doing much swallowing in 2006, when scandals involving Bob Ney and Tom Noe had sickened our stomachs.
It is no secret that the Republican Party at the state level is asking party chairs at the county level to shut out Seth Morgan in the Auditor race against Yost, shut out Sandy O’Brien in the Secretary of State race against Jon Husted, and shut out Tom Ganley in the U.S. Senate race against Rob Portman. Personally, not only do I favor Morgan over Yost, I favor O’Brien over Husted, and, if you read this blog post about my visit to Senate offices in DC, you’d completely understand why I support Ganley over creatures of the DC Beltway, such as Rob Portman.
For further reading, including breaking developments regarding today’s protests, I recommend: