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Monday, January 21, 2008

DeWine gets GOP nod for judge race

Hamilton County Commissioner Pat DeWine is now the endorsed Republican candidate for the Common Pleas judge seat being vacated by Judge David Davis. The county Republican Party's executive committee voted overwhelmingly Friday to endorse DeWine, according to DeWine's campaign.

Those who spoke in support of DeWine pointed to his legal and legislative experience, his sharp legal mind, and electability as major reasons for their support, according to his campaign.

DeWine's camp also lists a familiar name as the contact for anyone wanting to put up DeWine yard signs-- Brian Shrive.

Shrive, of Hyde Park, was the man who filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Simon Leis last year claiming the sheriff illegally used county resources (vehicles, e-mail) to lobby for the jail tax. Shrive was against the jail tax as was DeWine. DeWine, around that time, actually got into several spats with the sheriff on the matter. That lawsuit, by the way, is still pending.


at 12:28 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this another way that Pat DeWine is going to save us tax dollars? That is, by not sending anyone to prison as a common pleas judge.

I wish Judge Davis all the best in his retirement but I would hope for a better replacement than someone with a stack of "Get Out of Jail Free" cards.

at 1:42 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous No More Dewhiners said...

Pat Dewine is a dishonest, self-promoting politician [redundant, I realize]. Do we really want someone of Dewine's low character on the judiciary?

There is another Republican running against him, albeit unendorsed. Republican Kathy King, an attorney for 33 years and a magistrate for 25 years, is running against Dewine.

I hope the voters do the right thing and remove Dewine from the public teat once and for all.

at 2:28 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Pat can "serve the people better as a judge"...
Oh please......
Yeah, Pat, all you politicians' main concerns are how you can serve the people.
Gag me...

at 5:03 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GOP wants to hide DeWhiner in a secluded closet where his ridiculous antics will not be on the front page of the paper and drive this county into the ground.

On the bench, the only people who will know what a goof he is are the poor people who come before him for having a joint in their pocket.

I wonder if the NAACP is going to endorse him?

And, now is DeWine going to claim to be tough on crime or flaunt his creed from the jail tax campaign?

at 5:57 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Davis will certainly be missed. He is a voice of reason and common sense. DeWine is a lawyer who has no experience..and has probably never tried a criminal case. For the people of this County...Please vote for Kathy King in March! It's time for the back-room deals to end.

at 6:00 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWine is the best candidate for judge in a long time. Most of the candidates are party hacks, DeWine is one of the few with any independence. We need more judges who will hold everyone to a level standard, without regard to partisan affiliation. DeWine fits the bill.

Cathy King is highly qualified to play Janet Reno on Celebrity Jeopardy, but lacks the maturity, temperment, or independence to be a quality judge. DeWine is much more qualified.

at 7:30 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Davis will, no doubt, be missed by a great number of people. He is a fair & even handed jurist.

However, I truly believe the public will be served just as great by Pat DeWine. DeWine knows the neighborhoods within the city limits are under the never ending grip of criminality & he realizes the crime is spreading into communities in the county.

While I have the greatest respect for Magistrate King, her credentials & her longevity in the legal arena, I'm going to go with Pat DeWine.

at 7:55 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what this county needs, another embarrassment on the bench. I’m sure the criminals will be polite and keep a straight face when he is talking.
I guess he will send them to his home to serve their jail time since we don’t have any jail space thanks to him.
I wonder what nickname he will earn when he is on the bench?

Where have all the heroes gone?

at 11:26 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax. Judge Davis will be replaced by Judge Davis. Judge Norma Holt Davis that is.

This is going to be such a washout for the Repugs this year that they will think of Election Night 2006 as "the good old days."

If they lost big with $2.50/gallon gas, wait till gas is over $3 a gallon.

If they lost big when there were 3,000 Americans killed in Iraq, wait till we pass the 5,000 mark.

If they lost big when we spent $500,000,000,000 on this illegal war, wait till we hit the trillion mark.

If they lost big when the dollar was on par with the Euro, wait till they face the voters when Chimpy McHitler has plunged us into his 2nd recession and the dollar is worth less than the Canadian loonie, on its way to even-Steven with the peso. (Well, that will take care of some of the 12 million illegals BushCo let into the country to drive down working-class wages.)

If they lost big when Bob Ney and Mark Foley were the only criminal Repugs in Congress, wait till they face the voters with 8-10 more Congress criminals' mug shots on the TV commercials.

If they lost big when the housing sector of the economy was running well, wait till they face the voters with 2 million more American families in foreclosure and entire communities devastated by Repug housing/lending policies.

If they lost big when Bush and the Repugs gave corporations tax breaks for sending 2 million U.S. jobs overseas, wait till they face the voters with 5 million Americans being replaced by people too lazy to sneak in illegally.

If they lost big-time wehn the American public didn't know that Bush's Consumer Product Safety Commission was looking the other way while China poisoned American kids and pets, wait till the voters go in to the booth fully aware of how damaging and literally life-threatening Repug policies have been to them.

Bush, Cheney and the Repugs have made America hated around the world and Americans too poor to travel anyway.

Finally, if they lost big with corrupt Repugs like Ken Blackwell couting the votes, imagine how big they will lose when the votes are finally counted honestly.

The Great Myth used to hold that we had two political parties, each with their own ideas and visions for making America stronger and more prosperous. Now, there is only one political party committed to that goal.

The people currently running the Repugnicant Party would literally let each and every one of the people reading this, even their most loyal party stalwarts, die a horrible death if the alternative was that some industrialist somewhere might not make as much money as he or she had wanted to.

Thanks to the Repugs, the insurance companies can take life-saving medical treatments out of your hands.

Thanks to the Repugs, corporations can take your jobs and your health insurance with it and hire someone in another country and pay them less.

Thanks to the Repugs, corporations can kill you, your children, and your pets with unsafe and poisonous products and there is nothing you can do about it.

Thanks to the Repugs, America's senior citizens are paying twice as much for life-saving medicines as they were before.

Oh, yeah, don't forget the record budget deficits and trade deficits we are running up just so the wealthiest one percent of us can pay fewer taxes.

at 8:51 AM, January 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it-- the Republican Party got rid of DeWine because he was going to lose a Commish seat.Exactly what is DeWine's legal experience? Please tell us what cases he has ever tried. He has no experience as a prosecutor or a defense lawyer. Please tell us what civil cases he has ever conducted? DeWine may have legislative experience and he certainly has "hot dog" press experience. Judges, of course, are prohibited from either form of expression. Wake up Hamilton County!

at 11:26 AM, January 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:57 - What back room deal? Everyone involved on both sides of the aisle have already stated publicly that DeWine wasn't part of the deals made between the two parties. Put up or shut up.

at 10:18 PM, January 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Vote for Republican Kathy King, not the puh-puh-pathetic Pat Dewhiner.

at 10:12 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Si support the DeWine-Smitherman ticket?

at 3:57 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Time to go, Pat said...

What has Pat Dewine ever done in his entire existence on this planet that would qualify him for Common Pleas judge?

Kathy King has many years of experience as a magistrate. Dewine has experience running losing campaigns. It's time to 'retire' Pat just like we 'retired' Mike Dewine. I'm voting for Kathy King!

at 9:00 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations 11:26 >> goofiest post of the week!!

Bunch of liars making public statements >> so it must be true?!?

Holy Cow.

at 1:53 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I hear about Pat Dewine's lack of character, the more inclined I am to vote for Kathy King for Common Pleas Judge.

at 12:47 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Dewine is a shifty-eyed, low-class politician. He doesn't deserve to be on the bench.

at 2:33 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Nolan King said...

Those who spoke in support of DeWine pointed to his legal and legislative experience, his sharp legal mind, and electability as major reasons for their support, according to his campaign.

That is what I would expect from someone running for Judge. Why tell us those reasons? I want to know more about you, Pat. Of course you have legal experience. Of course you have a "sharp legal mind." I want to know if you are personable. If you are outgoing. If you are genuine. I want to know more about you than if you have legal experience. Of course you have legal experience. Tell us something different about you. Tell us something that shows us your character.

Kathy King has character. She is personable. She is outgoing. Kathy King has raised three great children and is very respected by every person she knows. Oh yeah, and she has legal experience and a sharp legal mind, too. What separates her from other political figures, is her caring way of doing things. I once heard a quote, "You'll never work a day in your life if you like what you do." Kathy King loves what she does. She loves helping people grow. Would you want our Judge to be someone who is doing it for work, recognition, or money, or someone who is doing it for the good of society? I want everyone reading this to talk with Kathy King if possible. In doing this, you will have a great understanding of why she should be Judge.

-Nolan King, son of Kathy King

at 6:55 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it disconcerning that the County Prosecutor is endorsing a candidate for judge. If elected, won't Pat DeWine have to recuse himself from ALL criminal cases to avoid the obvious conflict of interest? Or, is this another back room deal for DeWine to payback the political favor in his rulings for the Prosecution? Either way, DeWine simply can't appear impartial after receiving the Prosecutor's endorsement for judge. Kathy King is by far the better candidate based on her experience. But just as important, Kathy King is not in political debt to anyone. Vote for Kathy King. She will be a fair and balanced judge...perhaps that's what worries Joe Deters.

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