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Friday, March 14, 2008

Portune's kickoff even brings Vic and Steve together

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune kicked of his re-election campaign Friday with an endorsement by Lt. Governor Lee Fisher in front of a crowd full of notables.

Portune’s supporters packed the Vernon Manor Hotel space reserved for the breakfast event. (On the menu: bagels, muffins, coffee and juice.)

Among the interesting attendees: Both Victoria Wulsin and Steve Black. Fresh off an especially nasty fight in the Democratic congressional primary, Vic and Steve both managed to be in the same room together for more than an hour to support Portune. They were not seen mingling with each other though (at least not by the reporter in the room). And they sat at separate tables during Todd’s speech.

In addition to Lee Fischer and his staffers, tons of elected officials and candidates were present including:

Sen. Eric Kearney, Rep. Steve Driehaus (who gave the opening remarks),Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Crowley and councilmembers Jeff Berding, John Cranley and Laketa Cole, Silverton Mayor John Smith, Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt, Wyoming Vice Mayor Jim O-Reilly, Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke, Former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati Business Committee, and others.

Fellow Democratic commissioner David Pepper was not there, but his parents were. Portune recognized them in the speech saying their greatest gift to Hamilton County was their son.
Several candidates also came including congressional candidate Victoria Wulsin, former candidate Steve Black, candidate for state representative Denise Driehaus and Steve Brinker, running for county treasurer.

Commissioner Portune thanked everyone in attendance, mentioning most of them by name. He praised the work of the governor and lieutenant governor. He recounted the historic moment when he was first elected in 2000 as the first Democratic commissioner in 36 years, and lamented the difficulty he had getting things done.
“The other two were putting ideology ahead of what was best for the county,” he said.

He said in 2000 “the county was broken” because of misplaced priorities. Though it was a slow start, he said in the past 15 months since he’s been president, the commission has managed to slowly turn the county around, attacking fiscal issues, The Banks and other projects, including a renewed focus on comprehensive criminal justice solutions.
Then Portune encouraged everyone in the room to continue their support of him and other Democratic candidates to ensure the Democrats will succeed in November. Portune will be facing Hyde Park realtor Ed Rothenberg. Rothenberg is running as a Republican though he is not endorsed by the GOP. It’s a race Portune takes seriously.
“He will have an R next to his name and in Hamilton County, that’s a tough hill to climb,” said Portune.


at 3:51 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that Rothenburg isn't endorsed or backed by the GOP because of Portune's backroom deal to deter democracy.

at 4:32 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really nasty to point out that Wulsin was involved with the Heimlich Institutes malaria-therapy experiments and that there's an ethics complaint filed against her?

Or is that a legitimate issue with regard to her record?

at 4:35 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe it's because the Republicans know that Rothenberg sucks as bad as Hartmann and they begged him for the chance to save a seat for their party

at 5:20 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Vincent, don't let the door hit you on the way out

at 6:33 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Well maybe at some point there should be something more than a complaint if people are going to keep harping on it. Lots of people get complained about, doesn't mean the complaint has the least bit of validity does it?

at 7:11 AM, March 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow: bagels, muffins, coffee and juice.

Portune could've held this in the lobby of a Residence Inn and his guests would have been better fed.

at 11:11 AM, March 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virgil Lovitt? Didn't he used to be a Republican? I guess he doesn't like the company he is keeping there. Expect more Repugs to do the same as they try to distance themselves from their party's incompetence and inevitable disintegration.

at 12:05 PM, March 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Rothenberg standing up to everyone of those establishment folks at Portune's party.

Go Ed! Stand up against Portune's back room deal!

at 4:57 PM, March 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virgil Lovitt always has been a RINO, is a RINO now, and will continue to be a RINO in the future. He's never seen a tax increase that he hasn't endorsed and advocated for.

at 9:30 AM, March 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovitt's philosophy is if you can't beat them, join them. Why shouldn't get cozy with Portune?

at 12:51 PM, March 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Lovitt is a Republican. At least he ran as one this past November.

at 12:56 PM, March 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune is asking for support of other Democrats in the fall yet he was willing to give Hartmann (R) the other commission seat. Good thing Chris Dole is running to give people a choice.

at 1:43 PM, March 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is so-called Republican Virgil Lovitt attending a Democrat fundraiser?

What is the Hamilton County Republican Party going to do about this? Probably the same amount of nothing they did when Leslie Ghiz and Senile Sheriff Simon Leis were openly supporting Democrats. Lovitt should be disqualified from receiving any further GOP support.

at 3:13 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



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