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Monday, February 13, 2006

Pepper vs. Heimlich!

Kimball Perry and Howard Wilkinson report:

David Pepper will send a Valentine's Card today to friends and supporters who have been urging him to run against county commissioner Phil Heimlich.

It's an e-mail saying he accepts their proposal.

Pepper's e-mail will go out Tuesday morning; in it he says he will run against the "failed leadership'' of Heimlich and the Republicans.

He cites the stalemate over The Banks development project and the FBI investigation of the county's Department of Jobs and Family Services as his proof that change is needed.

Pepper, who lost the mayor's race to Mark Mallory last fall with 48 percent of the vote, had been tugged in two directions for the past couple of weeks - with local supporters and Democratic leaders urging him to take on Heimlich and Ohio Democratic Party officials trying to nudge him into the Ohio Attorney General's race.

The locals won the tug-of-war, and Pepper, a Democrat, will take on Heimlich.

Bring it on, Heimlich dared.

"There is nothing more that I could ask for in my political life than the opportunity to contrast my limited government, lower taxes and forward progress in Hamilton County against the failed policies of higher taxes, higher spending and a downward spiral David Pepper brought to city hall," Heimlich said.

Pepper was a Cincinnati Council Member but lost in the mayoral race to Mark Mallory.

The board of commissioners hasn't had a Democratic majority since 1960-62 when Edward Tepe and Vincent Beckman were on the board.

Todd Portune is the lone Democrat on the board now. Heimlich is joined on the board by fellow Republican Pat DeWine. Heimlich's first four-year term ends at the end of the year.

Heimlich was a lieutenant governor candidate on the slate with Jim Petro, Ohio's Attorney General who is running for governor. Heimlich pulled out last month, saying he wants to complete his business as commissioner.

The filing deadline for the May primary is Thursday.


at 8:24 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring it on rich boy. P-Hi will mop the floor with your arrogant arse.

at 8:33 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dean of Cincinnati scooped the Enquirer again.

Heimlich is going down, he makes Pepper look like a saint. I'm going to love watching this one.

at 8:45 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper voted for the same tax rollback you did, Phil! He didn't raise taxes.

at 8:45 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper voted consistently for the same rollback you did, Phil. What stale rhetoric!

at 9:10 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad "I'm choking on my own words" Heimlich threw the first low blow. Pepper is great at the mud slinging.

I opposed him against Mallory, but, he is perfect against the backroom deals of the wrong wing commissioners.

Your firings Phil are going to cough up your demise.

Go David, Mr. Pepper, we are united on this one.

at 10:03 PM, February 13, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that secret shopper audit the commissioners requested to find frivolous spending in county government, only to discover that their department has most of the frivolous spending?

"I'm going to pay you to tell me that I'm spending too much money."

Brilliant! Yeesh, I ought to start a consulting firm. P-Hi and Pat DuhWhine will be my first suckers, er, clients.

at 12:32 AM, February 14, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dems take back the state from the Taft-Petro-Noe pirates, it may only be a matter of time before "P-Hi" ends up wearing stripes.

Good luck David!

at 7:34 AM, February 14, 2006 Blogger Alicia Doesn't Live Here Anymore said...

what is up with the Enquirer's reporters abuse of exclamation points?

For the love of God, bring back Korte (!)

at 10:14 AM, February 14, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Korte? This blog was certainly of higher quality when it was his domain.

at 11:58 AM, February 14, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper has consulted the polling oracle and decided he could possibly win at the county level. He cannot afford the humiliation of another defeat. He also has a better chance running against another policy wonk that has no personality.

Money will determine the outcome of this race because neither candidate has integrity, character, or original ideas. They both favor privatizing government services so we can afford more pork projects while they fail to listen to the people that elect them. Support your local cronies.

May the best funded win.

at 8:03 AM, February 16, 2006 Blogger The Smoke Eater said...

Bye... Bye... Phil!

Hello to common sence and reason.

Go get um Dave!

at 8:04 AM, February 16, 2006 Blogger The Smoke Eater said...

Bye... Bye... Phil!

Hello to common sence and reason.

Go get um Dave!

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