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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heimlich bows out of 2nd District race


UPDATED. 1:40 p.m.

Former Hamilton County commissioner Phil Heimlich has ended his bid to unseat Rep. Jean Schmidt in the 2nd Congressional District primary.

In an e-mail release Wednesday morning, Heimlich cited two reasons for his withdrawal - the Hamilton County Republican Party’s endorsement of Schmidt last Friday and the recent entry of State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. into the race.

"Mr. Brinkman’s candidacy serves no purpose other than to assure Representative Schmidt’s re-nomination,’’ Heimlich said in the news release. "There is no reason to put the Republican Party through a tough primary battle when victory isn’t possible."

Barry Bennett, Schmidt’s congressional chief of staff, said Schmidt "considers Phil a good Republican with a lot to offer the party in the future."

Friday night, the Hamilton County Republican Party’s executive committee passed over two Hamilton County Republicans - Heimlich and Brinkman - to endorse Schmidt, a Clermont County Republican. The vote was not close - Schmidt was the favorite of 69 members, while Heimlich had 33 votes and Brinkman 5.

Heimlich – who entered the congressional race after losing his county commission seat to David Pepper in 2006 - told the Enquirer Wednesday morning that he had no real expectation of picking up the county party endorsement in Hamilton County – or any of the other six counties in the 2nd Congressional District.

"County party organizations have a tendency to back the incumbent, even when it is to the detriment of the party,’’ said Heimlich.

Heimlich had put together a formidable campaign organization, complete with paid staff and a slick campaign website. Through last fall, he had raised more money than Schmidt. He said Wednesday that his campaign had raised about $350,000.

Some of that money, Heimlich said, would be used to pay campaign staff and outstanding bills. The rest, he said, he would keep in his campaign account "for opportunities that may come up in future years."

Heimlich said he will ask election officials in all seven counties of the 2nd Congressional District to remove his name from the March 4 primary ballot.

Heimlich’s withdrawal means that Schmidt will face two opponents in the March 4 primary – Brinkman and Nathan Bailey, little-known Republican from Stonelick Township in Clermont County.
Heimlich's full statement:


Ever since the endorsement decision was made by the Hamilton County Republican Executive Committee on Friday, I have been discussing the future of my campaign with my wife, my family, my advisors and many of my supporters.


In light of the outcome of the Hamilton County endorsement, and with the late entry of Tom Brinkman into the race, I am announcing today the end of my candidacy for Congress.


Mr. Brinkman’s candidacy serves no purpose other than to assure Representative Schmidt’s renomination. There is no reason to put the Republican Party through a tough primary battle when victory isn't possible. To do so would only lead to the ultimate benefit of the Democratic Party and its liberal agenda.


I offer my heartfelt thanks to all the donors, volunteers and grassroots activists who supported our effort to keep this district in Republican hands. Their generosity and commitment will always be deeply appreciated.


Finally, I am requesting the various Boards of Elections within the district remove my name from the primary ballot if possible
Here is Brinkman's statement

Mr. Heimlich's departure from the race this morning has radically altered the election-day landscape, giving Tom Brinkman more volunteers, more money, and more attention - in short, all of the things a campaign needs to win. If Republicans in the 2nd District want a candidate who will control spending, limit government, and take a stand for life and liberty, Tom Brinkman is the clear choice, and his record proves it.

"The news today doesn't change the fact that I am still the challenger in this race," Brinkman said, "but my record, after having twice earned the "Most Principled Legislator" title in Ohio gives me a clear advantage, and I will work tirelessly to earn that same title in Washington."

Tom Brinkman was twice given the honor of "Most Principled Legislator" by fellow legislators, members of the media, and government staff, and is making that honor the centerpiece of his campaign.


59 Comments:

at 9:40 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that's weak. Now we have Schmidt or Brinkman?!?!?!?!

Lame. Way to let us down, Phil. The only person worse than Schmidt is Brinkman and now I have to choose the lesser of two very evil evils.

 
at 9:42 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we sure this is a real press release and not a fake one, like the one the SchmidtHeads sent out about Bob McEwen?

 
at 9:43 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil,

You're a good man. I wish you were still around in elected office because you were one of the few that EFFECTIVELY carried the "lower taxes" banner.

I'm sure you made the best strategic decision, and I hope you stick around.

-Taxpayer Joe

 
at 9:52 AM, January 23, 2008 Blogger Urmother68 said...

What a loser! Good riddance

 
at 9:54 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heimlich is a good man. I hope he returns to the political arena in the future. His decision to withdraw from the Second District race is a sound one that will benefit the GOP and the Second District in the long run.

 
at 9:55 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good decision, Phil. Thanks and all good wishes to you and your family.

 
at 10:06 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Long-time Heimlich WEST SIDE Supporter said...

Phil run for County Commissioner against Todd Portune, please!

 
at 10:20 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now please promise us that you will stay out of our government and preferably out of our city. Take your greedy repug friends with you and we will pick up the peices and move forward with Victoria.

 
at 10:27 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this good for the GOP in the 2nd? If Brinkman had dropped out, THAT would have been good for the party, not this.

The wrong candidate bailed. Once again, Brinkman put his ego ahead of the party.

 
at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous A Concerned Reader said...

Will Phil now return whatever contributions he received to their donors, or sit on them and think of yet another race that he can spend it on?

 
at 10:39 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous tiger64 said...

So now its Schmidt, Brinkman, and Bailey! I didn't know who bailey was, but I read his website. I'd like to see someone different and he might just be my guy

 
at 10:43 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now Phil can add the word "Loser" to his resume yet again.

 
at 10:54 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil,

I am relieved that you have pulled out. You have been instrumental in bringing the largest fellon transitional housing complex in this country to OTR known as CityLink. You have failed to represent the average joe home owner and help to expidite the excidous.

 
at 11:06 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Jennifer Black's worst nightmare said...

This totally alters the dynamic of the race.

People across the 2nd District will now take a hard look at Tom Brinkman with just six weeks to go.

Brinkman will now raise more money, get more volunteers, more endorsements, more media attention, etc.

Schmidt's polling is useless, the ads she no doubt already had cut are useless, and her campaign strategy of laying low is also useless.

In short, I love it.

Brinkman's got my vote.

Twice he was voted Most Principled Legislator in Ohio.

We need more people like him.

 
at 11:23 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great! Tom Brinkman should have won this seat 3 years ago and would have if not for him peaking a few days too early so he became the target of negative ads in the final days. Now he can correct that mistake taking her on 1-1. Tom runs circles around Jean in connecting with voters, getting the Republican base behind him, and running a strong campaign even when the establishment is not behind him. He won Ste Rep. seat with no endorsement from Hamilton County and he can do the same here.

 
at 11:27 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Twice he was voted Most Principled Legislator in Ohio."

Try least effective legislator. He's a joke. We have had enough problems with the do-nothing Congress as it is. We don't need to add one more who has a long history of doing absolutely nothing to the mix.

Brinkman has no place in public life. The climate has changed and his sanctimonious moralizing is no longer favored by our country.

 
at 11:52 AM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous JFD said...

Hiemlich, Finney, The Mallorys, Tim Burke, Kenny Lawson, Lincoln Ware, N8 Livingston just to name a few other ethically challenged individuals, that participated in the foisting of CityLink on the West End.

 
at 12:13 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mallorys all live in the West End. If they were fine living next-door to it, then it couldn't have been THAT bad of an idea.

Better there than, say, Oakley.

 
at 12:25 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Oakley said...

Thank Goodness!!!!!! Although I'm not quite sure which nut case I'd rather have in office. Hopefully Wulsin will run again and this district will wake up. We need a BIG change. And to those that believe Phil Heimlich had anything to do with keeping our taxes low.....come on------please try to pull your head out of the sand and be objective when you look at issues. Whose property taxes went down? He's such an idiot!!! Unfortunately there must be a lot of those in this district.

 
at 12:33 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

hindlick was getting sore from the negative polling !

So, he decided to foot-tap away before he was busted in an embarrassing position of defeatism !

PATHETIC 'submission' !

HAD ENOUGH, Vote, for a real, DEMOCRAT 2008 !


.

 
at 12:36 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Radioman said...

This is a huge loss for the residents of 2nd Congressional District. Tom Brinkman should have never got into the race in the first place. He received 6 votes from the party and got 9% in Schmidt's poll, all coming from Heimlich. All this while Schmidt has a 97% name ID among Republicans in the District, and only 52% of Republicans support her candidacy. That meant that in Schmidt's own poll, she was within the margin of error in this race against Heimlich and without Brinkman.

Schmidt is a LOSER, but Brinkman (also a loser) will, once again, make Schmidt the default winner. Anonymous was correct in saying that the wrong person got out of this race.......it should have been Brinkman bailing out. After Tom gets crushed by one of the worst Congressional Representatives in the history of this country, it will be time to put him out to pasture. This guy is not worthy of holding ANY OFFICE.

Best of luck to you, Phil. We certainly hope to see your responsible fiscal leadership representing us back in office in the future.

 
at 12:45 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brinkman is stuborn as hell, Schmidt... well we know what she is.. and I sure don't want a lib. WHY? WHY. WHY!

Why pay these people to be "represntatives" if they don't do a damn thing! Where's Rob Portman? Running for VP!

 
at 12:48 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Go Tom! said...

"Try least effective legislator."

HAHA... sounds like another Bob Taft staffer angry at Brinkman for refusing to compromise and vote for Taft's ludicrous tax increase.

Wait a minute... didn't Jean vote FOR that?

Oh, yeah, she did.

Please God, let the Schmidt-heads keep talking about "least effective legislator" when Taft was Governor.

Tell me, did Schmidt ever earn "Most Principled?"

Nah, she was a Bob Taft rubber stamp.

 
at 12:51 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Concerned Reader said...

Actually, the Mallorys live in Mount Airy. While they keep a house in the West End, they do not stay there.

 
at 12:57 PM, January 23, 2008 Blogger UncleRando said...

This is some interesting conversation and all, but it is all irrelevant. The 2nd Congressional seat is going to go over to the Dems this coming election. The same is going to happen with Chabot's 1st District...both are going blue at the first available chance. Mark my words.

 
at 1:02 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous COAST/NAACP said...

Are we sure this is a real press release and not a fake one, like the one the 'No Jail Tax' crowd sent out about Bob Taft?

 
at 1:05 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember Phil, cowards may cut and run...The republican Party in disarray, I love it. Come on Dr. Victoria Wulsin!!!

 
at 1:12 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we have a consensus that we don't want another term of Jean Schmidt? That is... if she can withhold Wulsin. Portman used to enjoy 75%+ of the vote. Jean can't break 51.0%. I don't see Brinkman helping a broken Washington. He just shows up and refuses to compromise... on anything! We have common goals my friends, but we don't have to wear the same shoes to get there. Who's the third guy we have? Bailey. Young and inexperienced... not looking to bad at this point... I need an aspirin.

 
at 1:17 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Time to Support Jean Schmidt said...

Heimlich's gone. Brinkman should leave, too. But now that Tom's alone on the field with Jean, watch for dirty tricks from him and his brainchild, COAST. Jean will beat Tom by 10+ points on March 4th. Heimlich will return to politics in the future, a good thing. Brinkman won't. And good riddance!

 
at 1:26 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous COAST is TOAST said...

Great news! One COASTer down -
Heimlich. One COASTer to go -
Brinkman.

And don't forget to vote for Kathy King over Dewhiner. Time to flush the COAST lackeys down the toilet.

 
at 1:44 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew...Schmidt wants to have nuclear waste dumped in our backyard and challenges decorated veterans on the house floor. Brinkman is chastised by a *Republican* judge for falsifying petitions and subverting the democratic process. Talk about two definite evils. It's amazing what bottom of the barrel candidates the Republican Party has produced. Yikes.

 
at 1:57 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous CCB said...

Bon Voyage Phil! I can't wait to hear what your next failed endeavor will be.

 
at 2:36 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Principled Legislator in Ohio?!?!?!?!?!?

I'm a little busy right now but does somebody want to post the quote from the Republican judge about Brinkman's "principles?"

 
at 2:36 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Go Jean Go! said...

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt was right to call out that defeatist Murtha on the floor of Congress. She guaranteed herself re-election that day.

Where is that old America-Hater Murtha now that we're winning the Iraq War? You can't find the decrepit clown with a search warrant. And where are the rest of you spineless, cowardly democRATS on this issue now that we've got the terrorists on the run? Hiding behind your computer monitors as usual.

 
at 2:39 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the political illiterate don't seem to realize about Mean Jean is that she has won three elections without the help of it being a "presidential year." Meaning that if a Dem was ever going to knock her off it would have been in '05 or '06 when the pure numbers of voters won't be the same as this year. She beats Wulsin by 10 points in November just on more numbers alone.

Trust me, if the D's actually thought there was a chance of Schmidthead going down Paul Hackett would be running against her, not Dr. Moonbat.

Besides, someone has taken ole Mean Jean aside and explained politics to her. She has laid pretty low the last two years and kept her foot out of her mouth!

 
at 3:02 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous common sense said...

Sincere thanks to Mr. Hiemlich for putting the GOP interests ahead of his own! The only way we will lose the second district is if the GOP candidates beat each other up in the primaries. It appears that Mr. Brinkman was least desirable of the candidates in Hamilton County (his home county) I sure think it would make a lot of sense for him to follow the honorable move of Mr. Hiemlich and throw full support behind our duly elected congresswomen Jean Schmidt!!
Please condider stepping down sooner rather than later and let Jean Schmidt concentrate on representing us and working to defeat whatever democrat survives to face her in the fall!!!

 
at 3:09 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brinkman, like Schmidt, is very dishonest. Neither will win----Thankfully!!! I can't wait.

Quote from Judge Ruelman regarding Brinkman>>


"I still think the real culprit is Rep. Brinkman,” Ruehlman said. “I know politics. Somehow he falls through the cracks and is not prosecuted. The guy in power is the one who should have been indicted.”

 
at 3:11 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Jean Schmidt's fake degree said...

I love the Schmidtheads coming out of the woodwork now to praise Phil Heimlich.

I haven't heard this much love for Heimlich since he dropped off the Petro ticket.

Meanwhile, the Schmidtheads desperately point out an off the cuff remark about Brinkman by a wacko judge, all the while conveniently forgetting the biggest story of them all:

Jean Schmidt still hasn't explained how that college degree made it's way onto her resume ... for 16 years.

Any of you Schmidtheads care to explain?

 
at 4:46 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What the political illiterate don't seem to realize about Mean Jean is that she has won three elections without the help of it being a "presidential year." Meaning that if a Dem was ever going to knock her off it would have been in '05 or '06 when the pure numbers of voters won't be the same as this year. She beats Wulsin by 10 points in November just on more numbers alone."

You didn't do very well in math class, did you? Jean Schmidt could gain 20,000 votes over her '06 total and lose because a candidate wins based on his/her percentage of the vote.

Just increasing the number of voters who show up doesn't mean that Schmidt will win. I'm pretty darn sure that not EVERYBODY who shows up is going to vote for Jean. In fact, I'm pretty sure that a whole lot of those who show up won't.

 
at 5:28 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny watching the Schmidtheads praising Heimlich now after trashing him for the last 8 months. Their integrity is like Jean Schmidt's second college degree, nonexistant.

And if we want to talk about ethics, Jean Schmidt was convicted, twice, by the Ohio Elections Commission, for violating Ohio Election law. Anyone can make accusations against anyone, but Schmidt is the only candidate who's been convicted of anything.

 
at 5:45 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Mark and Laura Childers in Mason, OH said...

Go Tom! You have our full support.

Your record is impeccable, and we love that you won't compromise on principle.

We need more true conservatives in Congress. Your track record as a legislator in the Ohio House is second to none.

 
at 5:58 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your record is impeccable"

Yeah, except for that one time that a Republican judge called you a criminal and called for your indictment for committing election fraud. Great. We should all be so proud.

 
at 5:59 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your track record as a legislator in the Ohio House is second to none"

Right, no one has been more ineffective than you, Tom! You are the model of a do-nothing legislator. Keep up the good work!

 
at 6:17 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brinkman is not principled at all. Did you see the court case where he tried to get the repeal of the non-discrimination act in Cincinnati? He was the head of a group that blatantly forged signatures. A judge called for Brinkman's indictment over this farce and called him a criminal. If that's principled, we're in a world of hurt.

 
at 6:22 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Jeff P said...

Has anyone ever met Jean Schmidt? She is about as uncouth as anyone I have ever seen. She attended a dance performance once, sat in the back talking, rattling candy wrapper and got up to leave in the middle of a performance. Not only is she a poor politician, but she is about as rude as possible.

 
at 7:19 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You didn't do very well in math class, did you? Jean Schmidt could gain 20,000 votes over her '06 total and lose because a candidate wins based on his/her percentage of the vote."

...and you don't know a thing about politics do you. The Second District is a Republican District. The reason Portman always scored in the 70% range is because its probably a 60-63% Republican district. So genius you mean to tell me the Republicans who stayed at home the last three cycles in the Second District are going to vote for a Republican for President and then Dr. Moonbat for Congress? No Chance! Schmidthead wins 55%-45%... not great in that district but still 10 points.

Again... if the D's smelled a win they would have run Paul Hackett.

 
at 8:32 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Our own Jeannie will run & get wiped out in the anti-W tsunami.
Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!

 
at 8:43 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...and you don't know a thing about politics do you"

Comparing the turnout in 02 and 06:

In 2002, there were 188,016 votes cast.

In 2006, there were 238,081.

That's 50k more votes. And you say that Republicans were staying home the last 3 election cycles?

Ok, so you say that this year is a Presidential election and all of the Republicans will turn out for that.

Let's compare Portman's performance in 2002 and 2004 and see what sort of bump he got from the increased turnout.

In 2002, Portman got 74% of the vote.

In 2004, Portman got 71% of the vote.

That probably isn't statistically significant, but do note that Portman actually got a smaller percentage of the vote in a Presidential year...and both of those years he was running against CHARLES SANDERS!

You can check my numbers at the SoS website.

I don't know anything about politics, huh? I'd like to see your resume.

 
at 8:44 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attached is a letter sent out by "Mean Jean Schmidt" regarding Phil Heimlich to members of the Central Committee... Anyone who thinks Jean Schmidt is anything but a hateful and vindictive witch is blind!


January 7,2008

Dear Phil:

Severarmembers of the Executive Committee have forwarded to me a copy of your letter with their outrage.

First let me say that I am not interested in distributing any mud about you or your short tenure at the commission. I trust you did your best.

I feel I must respond to a couple of the accusations that you made so that you get a better
understanding of the process in Washington. I hope that your accusations originate from
a lack of understanding of this process and not a puiposeflul manipulation of the fat
I will center my response to three key claims you have made to keep this short.

First, you mention the WRDA Bill which contains authorizations for water development projects across the country. Typically, a WRDA Bill is passed every two years. However, Chairman Young was unable to pass one during his tenure as Chairman so this was the first bill in six years.

I am sure you will remember our meetings and couespondence regarding this critical legislation. Without its passage we could not begin work on the Banks Development Project on ow riverfront.

You were aware at the time, but may have forgotten, that no money is actually spent in the WEPA Bill. The bill authorizes projects only and requires a separate step to obtain spending authority through the appropriations process. It is quite unfair to suggest that somehow I voted to spend money on the litany of waste you describe. The Enqzdrer has indeed pointed this out in some of the stories you referenced.
You may also remember that one of the reasons I worked so hard to get the WRDA Bill passed was because you asked me to do so. I am happy to send you a copy of that letter if you have misplaced your original.

On the “pork” front you mention that I was successfiul in securing finding for projects around our city for some $14 million dollars; that is indeed correct but is not the entire story. You may again remember that my office worked hand-in-hand with the County on completion of the Duck Creek Flood Control Project.

In fact, of that $14 million more than $11 million is for the Duck Creek project completion. You must not remember that our mutual friend Rob Portman, who was Budget Director at the time, actually got the funding included in the President’s request to Congress. That is why the “earmark” is attributed to Schmidt/President Bush in the committee report I couldn’t have been happier to work with Rob on getting the fbnding for the project.

For some reason I doubt you would attack Rob on the issue but I am fair game.

When the City and County ask me to do something I take that request very seriously and do my best to deliver. I think anyone who sits at my desk should do the same.
Lastly, on the matter of our opponents in the last cycle, I doubt you would describe your opponent as being “under-funded” yet my opponent had similar resources. Ms. Wulsin mised over one million dollars more that all of Rob’s and Bill Gradison’s opponents combined. Yet, in what many have described as the worst year in GOP politics in our lifetime, I won and you did not.
To suggest that somehow this cycle will be worse than last is laughable..

Further, both my polling and that of the Hamilton County Party suggest that your bid is hopeless.

I am very busy serving my constituents and have neither the time nor the desire to engage in this type of flivolous manipulation.

My advice to you is to concentrate on building yourself up instead of trying to destroy others.

I believe Congresswoman Schmidt needs to take a lesson in CLASS. She's a snooty lady.

My supports behind Tom Brinkman. He would never make an attack like this.

 
at 9:44 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Rob Portman's biggest fan said...

As a Brinkman supporter for the past eight years, I have watched Tom campaign for office without the party endorsement, yet still go on to become one of the greatest conservative champions I've ever seen.

It's sad that supporters of our current representative are so desperate, the one issue they cling to is a comment by a senile judge that had no legal bearing whatsoever on Tom Brinkman's career.

If that's all they can throw at Tom Brinkman, I know who's going to win this race.

Second District voters aren't really going to care much about the comments of a senile judge.

The facts are, Brinkman was cleared in the investigation, his hands are clean.

Too bad we can't say the same of Schmidt and her college degree.

Will she ever tell us how it managed to be part of her resume for 16 years?

 
at 10:20 PM, January 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh lord! Brinkman? He has no money, no groundgame, very little staff, and last- he's not smart enough to run in a high profile race. He's township trustee material, not the United States Congress. The Schmidt people have went around this district telling the story of a true conservative champion...and the voters have agreed...with Representative Schmidt.

 
at 3:26 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous 2nd District Republican said...

10:20 anon: Agreed! Brinkman is simply not ready to run a race for Congress. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt will beat him by 10 points in the primary.

Why, you ask? Easy: Brinkman doesn't possess the qualities needed for the job. Brinkman doesn't work well with other Republicans. If it wasn't for term limits, he wouldn't even be in the primary. It smacks of Pat Dewine-type desperation: "I'll do whatever it takes to stay in government." Typical COASTers. Go run your wife's printing business, Brinkman, and leave national politics to Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. How many times does she have to beat you in a primary?

 
at 5:24 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear, Hear, Second District Republican! I couldn't have said it better myself.

 
at 11:33 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans sure are a strang breed.

 
at 1:59 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard Republicans called many different unpleasant names through the years, but "strang breed" is a new one to me. Must be a pejorative phrase from Swahili or Urdu.

 
at 10:25 PM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brinkman is a good man , running for the proper reasons

 
at 1:02 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Vox Populi said...

Brinkman is a go-it-alone political hack. He doesn't work with his fellow Republicans.

He's only running because term limits finally forced him off the public teat in Columbus. He's desperate to stay on the public payroll - that's the real reason why he's running against Jean Schmidt.

Congresswoman Schmidt will send Brinkman back to his wife's printing business soon...very soon. Better get ready to re-enter the private sector, Tom!

 
at 5:10 PM, January 30, 2008 Anonymous Vegas said...

Schmidt beats Brinkman by 15 points. Book it.

 
at 11:56 PM, February 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What republicans do not understand is that the democrats are taking over the country. Jean Scmidt will not garner enough republican votes in November, because the Republicans are more displeased with her than the Democrats. If Scmidt wins the nomination, Wulsin wins by a landslide. I am a diehard republican, and I have never voted for Mrs. Schmidt, and I could never vote for Mr. Brinkman. Neither could defeat a Democrat in November, because neither would be able to garner full support of the Republican Party.

Bailey has never been challenged, it is hard to say that he could defeat a Democratic Candidate, but I would be willing to bet that he would garner the full support of the Republican party for the general election, simply because he doesn't come with the baggage that Schmidt and Brinkman do.

 
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