Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kilroy vs. Pryce Race

The very conservative Wall Street Journal has an article about the tough political race going on in Ohio's 15th congressional district. After reading the article, I can say that I don't like the way that Pryce and her staff describe Mary Jo Kilroy, Democratic candidate for the 15th congressional district. Mary Jo Kilroy has served as a Franklin County Commissioner and Kilroy has done something that Pryce can't seem to do-----balance the budget. Franklin County Commissioners are responsible for operating the county within a budget. Unfortunately, Pryce and her Republican Party have contributed to the largest national debt in history. It is obvious that Kilroy would do a better job of controlling federal spending.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

...Ms. Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner, gives no quarter. "It's about change... People are fed up with Congress," she says. "We are going to put 'Kilroy is here' on the Capitol."

Here is what Deborah Pryce had to say, according to WSJ:
About conversations with the White House, she says, "If I did see something glaringly wrong, I would not hesitate to bring it up." Yet when pressed, she admits: "I can't say I have called them out on how they are conducting the war. No I haven't."

So Pryce hasn't seen anything glaringly wrong with the way this administration is conducting the war? In what alternate universe does Pryce live?
*We are spending $250,000/day in Iraq.
*Our country has lost almost 3000 men and women in Iraq and has had over 16,000 service members wounded/maimed.
*Over 110 Ohioans have been killed in Iraq.

How many more Ohioans have to die before Pryce and this administration admit that the war in Iraq was based on lies?
How much more money will Americans have to spend in Iraq?
How will we know when the Iraq war is over and we can withdraw our troops?
Why hasn't Pryce brought new jobs to Ohio?

And here is another article about the Kilroy vs. Pryce race:
Akron Beacon Journal:
The Democrat challenging Rep. Deborah Pryce declined on Wednesday to participate in a debate because it would be co-sponsored by a company whose employees and political action committee make up the Republican's largest group of corporate contributors.

"We're not going to participate in debates where the sponsors take sides," said Scott Kozar, campaign manager for Mary Jo Kilroy.

Employees of Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. - mainly executives - and the company's political action committee have given Pryce $25,650 this election cycle, according to a database by the campaign finance watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics....

>Here are just a few of the items I found at Open Secrets:

2006 election cycle: Individuals associated with Nationwide Insurance contributed $26,200 to Deborah Pryce's campaign.
2004 election cycle: Individuals associated with Nationwide Insurance contributed $9,000 to Deborah Pryce's campaign.
In her lifetime profile, according to Open Secrets, Pryce has received $1,971,694 in total from Finance/Insurance/Real Estate PACs and individuals.
Since 1989 to the present, Natiowide contributors have given Pryce $79,400, according to Open Secrets.

Looks to me as though Mary Jo Kilroy wanted an objective sponsor for the debates. That seems like a reasonable idea.