Sen. George Voinovich (OH-R) announced that he would not run for re-election in 2010. Voinovich's approval rating was well below 50% and this alone indicated that any campaign would have been difficult. Even as I type this, members of the Ohio Republican Party are drooling at the possibility of running for Voinovich's seat. According to people who know these things, former Rep. Rob Portman is extremely interested in running for the Senate. What do we know about Portman?
On the Issues reports that Portman is a hard-core conservative. Here are some of his votes as recorded at
On the Issues:
-voted to ban gay adoptions in Washington, DC.
-is against affirmative action.
-supported prayer in schools.
-supported Bush's national energy policy.
-voted in Oct. 2002 to authorize military force in Iraq.
-is strongly against a woman's right to choose.
-favors privatizing Social Security.
Portman is definitely someone we don't need to be Ohio's next U.S. Senator. We need someone that will help President Obama get things done. We need a Democrat to fill Voinovich's seat.