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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Newt's the draw at six-figure Chabot fundraiser

A visit from his old boss, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, put another $120,000 in Steve Chabot's already impressive re-election fund Wednesday.

Gingrich, author of the 1994 "Contract With America" that helped wrest control of the House from the Democrats that year, was the featured speaker at a $100-per-plate fundraising luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

The event, which was closed to the press, included a $1,000-per-ticket private reception and photo session with the former House speaker.

Gingrich left without talking to the media, but Chabot enthused about the event, which he said raised about $120,000 for his campaign to win an eighth two-year term in the 1st Congressional District.

"It was great; people were more fired up than ever,'' said Chabot, who will face Democrat Steve Driehaus in the fall.

Chabot was one of the freshmen congressmen elected in 1994 who shifted control of the House and made Gingrich speaker.

The haul from Wednesday's event will be added to the slightly more than $1 million in campaign cash Chabot's campaign reported to the Federal Elections Commission last month. Driehaus reported having about $430,000 in the bank as of mid-February.

After the luncheon, Chabot said he is not concerned about once again being targeted for defeat by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

"The DCCC has always tried to find some reason to go after me, but it never works," Chabot said.

The night before Gingrich arrived in Cincinnati for the Chabot fundraiser, Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern e-mailed a statement criticizing Chabot for not following through on one key provision of the "Contract With America" he signed in 1994 - one which would limited House members to six consecutive two-year terms.

"Congressman Chabot has grown so fond of rubber-stamping the failed policies of George Bush that he's decided to try and remain in Washington indefinitely,'' Redfern said.


at 3:00 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve is taking money from the "Unethical Mr. Newt"?

For Shame!

at 3:23 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newt was great! What a speech! Portman was there - now that would be a ticket! Newt and Rob in 2012.

at 3:27 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who weren't at the Chabot - Gingrich event: the place was packed. Looked to be 300+ people there in the middle of the day and the Enquirer is saying it's a $100,000 plus event. Chabot seems rejuvenated and good for him.

at 3:30 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So with another second tier Dem candidate about to get runover by the Chabot Express, the Dems want to cry about term limits? That's the argument of losers. Besides, I've never heard Chabot speak favorably of term limits anyway.

at 3:44 PM, March 19, 2008 Blogger UncleRando said...

Whether you like a politician or not, it surely doesn't seem healthy for the political process to have someone sitting in the same position indefinitely.

Chabot has gotten too comfortable and does very little to actually represent our region and our taxpayers. I have written Mr. Chabot on more than one occassion and not once received any word back. Responsive and transparent politics are paramount with me...and Chabot represents neither.

at 3:58 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The democrats can't seem to beat Chabot at anything, but whining. They don't have a party leader like Newt to bring in and help Dreihaus raise money, so they have to blast Chabot for doing so.

Term limits are about the only way they will win Steve's seat with these second rate politicians they have been running against him. Keep whining Dems, at least you are superior in that contest.

at 4:12 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nott can bring in a name like Newt - it's why Newt is willing that to champion for chabot - could it be that he has been a loyal bush republican the same administration that has drawn us into a ridiculous war, that has wasted trillions, that has doubled the price of oil for newt and friends, who have provided safe harbor for rich executives with rich lobbiest to pilfer the public coffers.
this is why newt is here - this is why newt supports chabot - and this is why what's good for newt isn't good for any of the rest of us unless we have our heads in the sand and futile aspirations in the clouds.
keep votin' how you're votin' and keep gettin' what you're gettin' folks!

at 4:27 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, this is the best we can throw at Chabot? Year after year he wins. I'm sorry, might be blasphemous for me to say, but it's true. Why don't we cede that seat for a while and focus on the 2nd District and find a real candidate who can take on Chabot?

at 4:28 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that Steve Chabot would bring such a disgusting character as Newt Gingrich to clean, conservative Cincinnati. I will not vote for him again. Newt is thrice divorced, left his last wife while she was in the hospital the day after she had cancer surgery, repeatedly cheated on his all of his wives with at least three different women including a young aide, bounced 22 checks in the House Banking Scandal, was at the center of the GOPAC Scandal where he hijacked not one but two charities for poor inner city kids and funnelled their donations to his personal campaign funds, and to top it all off he is a Deadbeat Dad; his ex-wife Jackie, whom he served with divorce papers while in the hospital suffering from cancer, had to repeatedly take Newt to court to force him to pay his child support.

at 11:40 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



at 2:30 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to ask Alex Try-n-to-feel-u why Chabot isn't back in Washington try to save our economy instead of grabbing more cash with sleazy old Newt?

at 1:35 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps Driehaus can ask Hoyer while he's in town why Congress is not in session this week dealing with the economy

at 1:47 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why ask Alex when you can ask the man responsible for Congress being out of session - Steny Hoyer - yep - ask him why the Dem Majority would rather break than deal with the nation's economy... REALLY PATHETIC!!!!!



at 2:52 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who has ruked this nation for the past 7 years? The republicans. They have raised the middle classes taxes to 30% while the super rich pay 17% in taxes on billion$. They have wrecked the economy and given us (and our grandkids) the biggest national debt in history. We will be paying the Chinese the money that they are loaning us, plus interest, for decades.

You're doing a heck of a job, republicans.

at 11:27 AM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...Why ask Alex when...would rather break...the nation's economy... REALLY PATHETIC!!!!! ...1:47 PM, March 20, 2008"

Sick of war for oil ?

Sick of high gas prices ?

Sick of phone tapping ?

Sick of the falling dollar ?

Sick of predator lending ?

Sick of 'foot-tapping' hypocRites ?

Sick of a lying VP and misleader (WMD) ?

Sick of green-house gasses ?

Sick of NO health insurance ?

Sick of the $30,000 your grand-children now owe the country ?

Sick of Enron ?

Sick of Worldcom ?

Sick of Tyco ?

Sick of Cunningham ?

Sick of Taft ?

Sick of Blackwell ?

Sick of da da Da whine-ing ?

Yes we are: Sick of XXX judge Tryintofoolyou (JT) !!!

PATHETIC 'family values'


at 4:45 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the FEC filings, it appears that Chabot exaggerated in regard to raising $120,000 at this function as he only raised 137844.95 for the period and a big chunk of that was out of state money. I would love to see the Enquirer cover this inconsistency.

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