Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Trouble in the Ohio GOP???

>Is there trouble in the Ohio Republican Party? The Middletown Journal:

Local ties and name recognition weren’t enough for former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine to get support for state office from what one observer called an “angry crowd” at a Butler County GOP meeting Thursday, Nov. 12.

Instead, the party endorsed Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost in the leadup to the Republican primary for state attorney general....

...“Basically, he was paying for his past sins,” said Jones, criticizing DeWine as too liberal for, among other things, supporting gun control and being soft on illegal immigration....

"...Instead, the Butler County GOP endorsed little known, Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost...." David Yost???? Here is a little tidbit about Yost that I found in the Delaware Gazette:

Yost said he would campaign during evenings and weekends in preparation for the primary election, to be held in 2010. He has already attended 35 Lincoln Day Dinners, prominent county GOP fundraising events, across the state.

He has also spoken at two “Tea Party” events in Columbus, including one earlier this week that attracted a crowd that numbered in the thousands.....

Has the Ohio GOP been hijacked by the far right tea party group?

Even Republican candidate for Ohio Governor, and former Lehman Brothers Director, John Kasich has been attending tea parties and wooing the teabaggers (Kasichblog).

>>>> Did you know that veterans groups had complained about Rob Portman when he served in the Bush administration? Americanprogress:

...Portman felt he had provided adequately for veterans despite the criticisms of veterans groups and many in Congress....

Senate Guru reported that Portman's law firm represented Chinese tire makers:

...Ohio union members haved filed a complaint against a business group from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce; and, Rob Portman's law firm is supporting the Chinese companies over the Ohio union members.....

Portman doesn't like Ohio workers?

* When Portman served in the Bush administration, he also came out against a Democratic plan to raise military pay, according to CommonDreams:

...In a letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget to congressional committees overseeing the military, OMB director Rob Portman said Wednesday that the administration "strongly opposes" a Democratic plan to bump up military salaries by 3.5 percent instead of Bush's request for a 3 percent jump....

...Top Democratic leaders vowed to continue their efforts to enact a larger raise, arguing that members of the armed forces and their families deserve annual pay raises higher than the private sector due to the dangers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Let me sum up Rob Portman:

1. architect of the Bush budget

2. fought against Ohio tire makers

3. worked against increasing vet programs and salaries for our military

Ewww. Yet some people want to send this Bush guy to the U.S. Senate??????? Haven't we had enough?