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Monday, February 04, 2008

Voinovich: Yes, I'm running! I'm not kidding.

There has been considerable buzz in Ohio Republican circles for the past few years now that Sen. George Voinovich would hang it up two years from now and retire.

After all, he's been in one elective office or another for over 40 years now - from the Ohio House to Cuyahoga County auditor to Cuyahoga County commissioner to lieutenant governor to Cleveland mayor to Ohio governor and, since 1998, in the U.S. Senate.
That's a whole lot of campaigns; and one could not blame a fellow who turns 72 in July if he wanted to just chuck it all, spend time with the grandkids and go fishing, which he likes to do a lot.
So, Monday, when Voinovich showed up at the Enquirer editorial board to talk politics and policy, we quite naturally asked him if he really intends to run for a third term in 2010.

Voinovich became very animated (he gets that way) and started talking non-stop about all the many reasons he feels he must run for re-election - all the unfinished business in Washington on reining in government spending, fixing entitlement programs, working towards energy independence. Plus, he said, if the Republicans can manage to regain control of the Senate this year, he'll be a senior member with much more clout on the majority side of the aisle.

And, he said, he's already had 2010 fundraising events in every major city in Ohio. (The one in Cincinnati, in December, was hosted by former congressman Rob Portman, the betting favorite to run in his place if Voinovich were to retire.)

The editorial board meeting was over, but Voinovich kept talking about his re-election plans - down the elevator, through the lobby and into the Enquirer building parking garage.

"I'm running,'' Voinovich said. "I don't care what anybody says. I'm running. For real."


at 5:06 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voinovich is a very boring old man. Vote Democratic 2008

at 6:33 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Ham Sandwich said...

Better yet, vote Ham Sandwich...

at 9:22 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voinovich needs to go. Portman for Senate!

at 10:17 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have any ideas about who could challenge them from the Dems? I'm thinking Lee Fisher may.

at 10:22 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please Voino, just retire already.

at 4:08 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boo hoo, crybaby Voinovich is misunderstood.

Get the hell otta here you moron!

at 10:58 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all these Republicans who have been in control (before) and say they are getting to work on reducing government spending.. Whare you guys been? Voinovich has been there ten years...and he's NOW getting to work on it?

at 11:39 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 10:58:


I'm a Republican and know Dems sure as heck won't do it, but darn! Republicans have had a shot for years and sat on their hands!

Government has taken control of our elected leaders.

at 12:05 PM, February 05, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"Government has taken control of our elected leaders"



at 3:32 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Romney? The real deal? Are we talking about Romney the socially conservative Mormon? Romney the auto industry scion who told people automotive factory jobs are coming back to Michigan? Romney the venture capitalist who put thousands out of work while he made millions? Romney the socially liberal governor of Massachusetts? Romney the "lifelong hunter" who only went hunting twice before this year?

Please, tell us all which Mitt Romney is "the real deal."

Unless by "deal" you mean "saying whatever he thinks is politically popular at any given moment in time."

at 5:00 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Voinovich,

You did a good job as Cleveland mayor but have fallen short as Ohio Senator. Please retire with Mr. Gilligan

at 9:16 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Hamilton County Republican said...

Voinovich is a RINO. I hope Rob Portman runs against him in 2010.

at 10:13 AM, February 06, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"Please, tell us all which Mitt Romney is "the real deal."

He hasn't been under the spell of the K street grafters

He owes NO one any favors

He is the goverment-media complex's worst nightmare.

He is the pink Mafia's worst nightmare.

He is the Hollywood puppetmaster's worst nightmare.

Do you think for a second that there could be any change in DC by electing a sitting Senator? If you do you are a real Moron.

Please tell me your prognostication. I'm dying to know.

at 10:28 AM, February 06, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Anon 3:12,

By the way, there has been 2 automobile start-ups in Detriot in the past 2 years empolying green-tech principals. Nice products.

Go ahesd and vote for McBush and "stay the course"

at 8:44 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voinovich just voted yesterday to let the phone companys off from breaking the law when they listened to your phone conversations Known as the Fisa revisal act. He is corporate bought and sold and does not represent the Ohio People anymore. Shame on him for letting our Constitutional right be violated. He should be removed from office. The Trader

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