Tags: Lee Fisher

The Web’s Top Site for Nipple Slip Photos Finds NRSC Ad Background Music Scandalous


The Huffington Post is quite horrified by an ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, hitting the Ohio Democrats’ new Senate candidate, Lee Fisher:

The huffy Huffington-ites declare it a “sex-themed attack ad.”

Er, wait, then what was all that stuff about unemployment doubling?

It’s terrible the way the Republicans invented the use of unflattering photos of rivals this year. I think Jon Corzine would call this a heavyweight violation of political decorum.

Tags: Lee Fisher

Democrats Just Weren’t That Into Their Primaries Yesterday


There are certain states where I’m not surprised that Democratic turnout is lower than Republican turnout; in Indiana, there was a competitive GOP Senate primary and none on the Democratic side. But even with that in mind, the turnout differences in yesterday’s primaries were pretty stark, compared to the 2006 numbers.

Reid Wilson lays out the comparison:

Just 663K OH voters cast ballots in the competitive primary between LG Lee Fisher (D) and Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D). That number is lower than the 872K voters who turned out in ‘06, when neither Gov. Ted Strickland (D) nor Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) faced primary opponents.

Only 425K voters turned out to pick a nominee against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The 14.4% turnout was smaller than the 444K voters — or 18% of all registered Dem voters — who turned out in ‘04, when Gov. Mike Easley (D) faced only a gadfly candidate in his bid to be renominated for a second term.

And in IN, just 204K Hoosiers voted for Dem House candidates, far fewer than the 357K who turned out in ‘02 and the 304K who turned out in ‘06.

By contrast, GOP turnout was up almost across the board. 373K people voted in Burr’s uncompetitive primary, nearly 9% higher than the 343K who voted in the equally non-competitive primary in ‘04. Turnout in House races in IN rose 14.6% from ‘06, fueled by the competitive Senate primary, which attracted 550K voters. And 728K voters cast ballots for a GOP Sec/State nominee in Ohio, the highest-ranking statewide election with a primary; in ‘06, just 444K voters cast ballots in that race.

One other thing I would note: Jennifer Brunner, Lee Fisher, Cal Cunningham, Elaine Marshall, the Democrats running for House in Indiana . . . These are not exactly whirling dervishes of raw political charisma. Neither the North Carolina nor the Ohio primaries were clashes of the titans on par with, say, Joe Lieberman against Ned Lamont. Yes, some jabs were thrown, but when the candidates are standard-issue and the policy differences are minor, why should these states’ Democrats turn out?

Tags: 2010 , Cal Cunningham , Elaine Marshall , Lee Fisher

Rounding Up Tuesday’s Primaries . . .


Last night in Indiana, Dan Coats won the GOP Senate primary, pretty much as expected. He won 39 percent to Marlin A. Stutzman’s 29 percent, and John Hostettler’s 23 percent. Coats leads Brad Ellsworth by 16, by 21, or by 1 if you listen to the Daily Kos poll.

A bit of a surprise in Indiana’s 9th district, where Mike Sodrel will not be the GOP nominee against Baron Hill; with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Todd Young appears to have a 1,000-vote lead.

Elsewhere in Indiana, Todd Rokita will be the GOP nominee in the 4th district.

Rep. Dan Burton narrowly won his primary in the 5th district.

Dr. Larry Bucshon will lead the GOP in the race to win the seat of Ellsworth.

In Ohio, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher beat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in that state’s Democratic Senate primary, and will now face the GOP’s Rob Portman.

The polling in this race is close, although I would like to see some more non-Kos, non-Quinnipiac polling.

The Democratic Senate primary in North Carolina effectively goes on another few months: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former state senator Cal Cunningham are headed for a June 22 runoff after neither candidate broke 40 percent of the vote.

Tags: Baron Hill , Dan Coats , Lee Fisher , Mike Sodrel , Todd Young

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.

Tags: Jennifer Brunner , Lee Fisher

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.

Tags: Jennifer Brunner , Lee Fisher , Ohio

Does Ohio Reject Women Candidates? Well, Not in Five Congressional Districts


The Women’s Campaign Forum asks whether Ohio has a problem with women candidates, sharing a tale from Democratic senatorial candidate Jennifer Brunner*, contending Democratic party bigwigs urged her not to run, and a similar tale from the GOP side of the aisle.

Well, I like Lieutenant Governor candidate Mary Taylor…

Right now Jennifer Brunner8 has an uphill climb in that Democratic Party; I guess we’ll have a chance to see this fall whether Ohio voters can accept a woman as lieutenant governor. Also note the state has five women in its congressional delegation.

* I originally wrote Lee Fisher, who is the Democratic man running for this office. Apparently my problem is not that all women look alike to me, but that all Democrats running for Senate in Ohio do.

Tags: Jennifer Brunner Mary Taylor , John Kasich , Lee Fisher , Ohio


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