Hey, What About Job Offers for Halter or Brunner?
After the revelations about White House bribes/job discussions with Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania and Andrew Romanoff in Colorado, the NRSC smells blood:
These revelations in Colorado and Pennsylvania raise valid questions as to whether or not Arkansas Democrat Senate hopeful and insurgent liberal challenger Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D-AR) was offered a similar opportunity in an effort to avoid a nasty primary battle against U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).
“Clearly there is a troubling pattern here that raises new questions in Arkansas. As the details continue to surface surrounding the job opportunities that the Obama Administration offered to Democrats in Colorado and Pennsylvania, Arkansans deserve to know: Was Bill Halter ever offered a similar opportunity? And if not, why did the White House consider it more important to protect party-switcher Arlen Specter and appointed Senator Michael Bennet, but not a veteran incumbent like Blanche Lincoln, who has toed the party line for President Obama on key initiatives like the stimulus and health care?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand.
Meanwhile, the campaign of GOP Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman wonders, “In the wake of recent White House job offers, one must ask, was Jennifer Brunner offered a job to make way for Obama rubber stamp and Washington establishment choice Lee Fisher?”
If the White House didn’t offer Brunner a job, it’s probably just because she’s a woman.
It Looks Like Jennifer Brunner Can Carry a Grudge
No fake smiles for Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner:
It’s customary in a primary election for the losing candidate to campaign for their party’s nominee in the fall.
But if she loses Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner won’t be telling Democrats to vote for the party nominee in November.
Asked by a Dayton Daily News reporter last week how much she would work for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher if he wins and she loses, Brunner held up her hand and formed a zero.
You have to admire her honesty.
Ohio Republicans Should Have a Quiet Primary Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow is primary day in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.
In Ohio, most of the action is on the Democratic side, mostly the Senate race. One of my readers in the Buckeye State offers this assessment from the ground:
Kasich for Governor and Portman for Senator are unopposed. Strickland is unopposed for Democrat Governor nomination. The Brunner/Fisher race on the Democrat Senator side could be interesting, but I suspect Fisher will win big . . . Unfortunately, Mike DeWine is unopposed for Republican Attorney General – wish I could vote “none of the above” on that – I really think he’s positioning himself for a run at Sherrod Brown in 2012, although he denies it.
Biggest thing I’ve noticed is that all the Republican candidates now run as “Republican Conservatives”, and many even have elephants on their signs (sometimes tea cups). Just a couple of years ago, you couldn’t tell who was a Republican and who was a Democrat from the signs. Granted, I’m in a heavily GOP county (Warren). My wife and I have a Dayton-phone-book-sized stack of campaign literature from Republicans (with their smilin’ families, natch) trying to “out-conservative” each other. I guess it’s a good thing, but it seems kinda fake. The robo-calls are also incessant.