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re: the Voinovich Seat

An e-mail from Ohio:

K-Lo,

Inside Ohio, Voinovich’s retirement is being seen as a good thing by

conservatives. I don’t think this is a bad thing at all for the GOP,

either. The grassroots here have not forgotten the Bolton fiasco and

Voinovich would have likely shared a similar fate to Mike DeWine who was

abandoned by the base for his critical role in the Gang of 14.  People were

so mad at DeWine in 06 that the campaign couldn’t get his signs distributed

in red areas of the state.

Perhaps most importantly, the retirement means that we will avoid a bloody

and costly primary between John Kasich and Rob Portman for Governor.

Portman is already aggressively courting conservative support for the

Senate race, which pretty much clears the field for Kasich in the

governor’s primary.

As far as Blackwell, there are many residual bad feelings left over within

Ohio from his horrible performance in the 06 governor’s race.  Notice that

none of the Ohio delegation to the RNC have backed his candidacy. I think

he would be a great RNC chairman, and that is probably the best place for

him as far as Ohio is concerned.

Voinovich was starting to really show his age, which would have made it

nearly impossible to mount the type of campaign necessary to win against

either of his likely Dem opponents, Lt. Gov. Fisher or SecState Brunner.

All in all, good news for Ohio and the country.

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