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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Prelude to Bush speech in Dayton

Statement by Chris Redfern, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman:

"This speaks to the priorities of President Bush. George Bush comes to Ohio, not to address the faltering national economy or the foreclosure crisis, but to raise money from a job exporter and a money launderer on behalf of his protégé John McCain."

Then comes this from the Ohio Republican Party:
from the Ohio GOP State of the Union blog:

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern is apparently all twisted up this week about a fundraiser we're hosting. Since he's so focused on campaign finance issues right now, we thought he could take the opportunity to weigh in on some of his party's questionable fundraising practices:

  • Chris Redfern said nothing when State Sen. Ray Miller, the newly appointed leader of Ohio's Senate Democrats, was fined recently for multiple campaign finance violations dating back six years. Miller is now under investigation for campaign spending habits, and he previously faced prosecution for illegal use of state resources on behalf of his political campaign.
  • Chris Redfern said nothing as Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland kept his $10,000 in sleazy campaign cash from the disgraced former governor of New York while other politicians returned the money. (Strickland finally returned the contribution after we called on him to do so.)
  • Chris Redfern said nothing when Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner took campaign cash from Myron Cherry, a Chicago lawyer involved in a major corruption scandal that prompted other politicians to return his contributions.
  • Chris Redfern said nothing when Brunner was raising money at the home of Norman Hsu, a Democrat campaign contributor now facing federal corruption charges. Redfern also said nothing while Hsu was bankrolling Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, which was later forced to return thousands of dollars in contributions connected to Hsu.
  • Chris Redfern said nothing about Barack Obama's special favors for a longtime friend and political ally who helped Obama raise thousands of dollars in campaign cash and now faces federal corruption charges.

  • Chris Redfern said nothing about Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy steering lucrative county business to union contractors who bankrolled her 15th District congressional campaign.

  • Chris Redfern said nothing when a major Democrat contributor was found guilty of fraud after losing more than $215 million in Ohio's workers' compensation investments.

  • Chris Redfern said nothing as Gov. Ted Strickland and other statewide Democrat officeholders were accused of "corrupting themselves out of office" by doing major political favors for campaign contributors.

The list goes on. Unfortunately, the Democrat Party boss would rather point fingers at everyone else than clean up his own house. The hypocrisy continues.


at 10:49 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like Chris hit the right points and left the rest of the garbage to the repug talking bobble heads. There will be many around this area who will always follow the republican brand blindly. Those local numbers are dwarfed by national and international support for either Obama or Clinton. Southern Ohios greedy corporate titians and selfish hollier than thou religious zelots mean NOTHING to mainstream American values and desires for peace. Even uselessidiots know that, thats why they spend so much time venting on this blog that knows no boundaries and counld't influence even a usefullidiot.

at 11:14 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can probably all agree that most all politicians are hypocrites (a requirement, afterall).
But it does seem W is doing an awful lot of fundraisers lately - doesn't he have better things to do?

at 11:18 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for setting the record straight. Redfern is a partisan hypocrite.

at 11:22 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Typical wRong wingnut whackos spewing the elephant dung propaganda !

Interesting how they provide their own blog as documentation for the rhetoric !

Kinda like that WMD evidence ?

The 'culture of corruption' failed to say anything about:

Bob Taft ?

Tom Noe ?

Bob Bennett ?

Bob Ney ?

Deters the Cheater ?

Tom Delay ?

G-rand O-ld P-edophiles ?

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !


at 12:03 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

the way i see it - i want W to spend his time raising money. that reduces the amount of damage he has time to do elsewhere...

at 12:06 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing how much news coverage was given to Tom Noe, Bob Taft, and Bob Ney compared with the problems of Ray Miller, Jennifer Brunner, et al.

at 12:29 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This posting "speaks to the priorities" of Enquirer.
Why post in large and blue print with links the spin of the Ohio Republican Party?

at 1:25 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Redfern make his statement before or after listening to Bush's speech.

Since the next subsequent post in this blog points out that Bush is still speaking, I would guess that Refern made his statement without giving the benefit of hearing his Commander in Chief first.

Perhaps if politicians and operatives do a little bit more listening (all political parties included in this), then perhaps we'd have a lot less hot air.

We spend more time fighting ourselves than we do the evils facing us here at home and around the world.

at 2:02 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Enquirer keep on insisting publishing the GOP press releases in their entirety? Redfern gave you a one sentence comment and you publish their multiple paragraph tripe. Is there some bias here?

at 2:30 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Julie's Biased Conscience said...

Most of what the right winger sited are non-stories. Strikland accepted a contribution from Spiitzer? So what? It's not like he knew about his involvement with hookers at the time, and he did return the money after Spitzer resigned.

What did Strickland do to "corrupting himself out of office"? He allowed state workers to join a union. We all know how anti-labor and anti-worker the GOP is. Ditto for Kilroy.

These so-called 'scandals" pale in comparison to the republican culture of corruption.

Julie is showing her stripes here, with a smalll print paragraph on the Dems statements, but big print and links for the GOP statements. Do you have an explanation for this Julie?

at 2:33 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:25- The only thing that the "Commander-In-Chimp" has to say is tired rhetoric and demagoguery. He is here on the taxpayers time, pandering for money, for purely political reasons.

at 4:22 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Purple Druid said...

I hope Bush goes in and raises money for every single Repugnicant running for Congress this term. It will make great campaign photos... for the Democrats!

Go ahead, publicly align yourself with the Bush crime syndicate.

The Repugs have screwed things up so badly that a pruple druid could win in 2008 if he or she was a Democrat.

at 4:54 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict men jumping from the observation deck @ Carew Tower when McCain wins and Schmidt cleans Wulsin's clock.
I'll be there video-ing the whole thing and post it on YouTube.
The first one off the deck will be screaming in bold face italics about wrongnut grand old pedophiles followed by a guy wearing a mask from planet of the apes with an Adolph mustache attached...it'll be must see TV to be sure!

at 5:43 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be the one jumping, 4:54. Crazy, ederly McSame is going to get his clock cleaned.

at 7:41 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...I predict men jumping from the observation deck @ Carew Tower when...Schmidt...The first one off the deck will be screaming...about wrongnut grand old pedophiles...it'll be must see TV to be sure! 4:54 PM, March 27, 2008"

The 2006 voter dump of the 'culture of corruption' has sent the little, foot-tapping, Annoy blooger to the wRong wingnut whacko looney bin !

PATHETIC 'HypocRites'


at 8:10 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Bennett and dozens of other Repugs should be in jail for anthing from war crimes to sex crimes to financial crimes. But they are rich, white guys with a fawning corporate media always on hand to make them look good and make the people who have the honesty, integrity, and courage to take them on look bad. I swear, the only difference between the Enquirer and National Review is the cost. Chimpy has a 19 percent approval rating, McInsane is going to lose in a 50-state blowout, and the news media act like it's their job to put Chimpy and the NeoCrims on a pedestal. No wonder you're losing readers: the 81 percent who do not approve of Chimpy's illegal war or his disastrous economic policies aren't reading your right-wing garbage.

at 10:08 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

meanwhile Hillary runs away from another whopper of a tale and obama tries to discount the words of his rabid maniac minister...

go ahead.pull out of iraq.then when iran takes over that hellhole,your new DEM president will re-instate the draft and redeploy the troops back to finish the job you didn't want finished since the outset.
Charlie Rangel,the darling D of Harlem,is drooling to get the draft going again.It'll be OK tho.He can blame Bush for it and you'll agree with him.

at 9:49 AM, March 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooo tired of hearing about a war (Iraq) in which we have FAILED miserably. While I remain proud of each noble person who would serve their country in such demanding and selfless way, the war was never theirs to win or loose. The war was and still is a war of policy and politics in which a soldier has no chance of fighting against or effecting change. And for this failure, the GOP and Bushes should be in prison or forced to move to Iraq until they have corrected their mess. Send our soldiers home alive, and soon.

What can we do other than hope it all goes away, we can vote against 100 year war in Iraq and more of the same idiot policies that have effected countless Americans. If you want to stay the course and continue the Bush disaster then you can count on John Mcsame. If you want to re-claim your country and set the tone for a new America vote for Obama.

at 2:55 PM, March 28, 2008 Anonymous Tired of the lies said...

10:08 PM, March 27, 2008,

Charlie Rangel wants to reinstate the draft knowing that when middle and upper class white families watch Skippy and Buffy going off to war and coming back in a pine box they will finally wake up and oppose this illegal invasion of a sovereign nation. Because then, they do' have a dog in this fight'!

That's what helped to end the Vietnam War. That and back in those days we still had something resembling 'honest war journalism'. Now that we don't see wounded and dead american servicemen and women on the 6:30 national news anymore or photos of flag draped coffins being unloaded at an airbase, it is easily forgotten. Out of sight. Out of mind.

You need to wake up! (BTW, I'm white and middle class.)

at 3:30 PM, March 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"go ahead.pull out of Iraq.then when Iran takes over that hellhole"

The place is already a hell hole. With this line of thinking, we are going to have to be in Iraq forever. The Iraqi government cannot and will not stand up for itself, they want us to do it for them. This isn't like our occupation of Germany or Japan after WWII, there was no fighting in those nations after they surrendered. There certainly wasn't a sectarian civil war, as
there is in Iraq.

These people need to take care of themselves. We need to continue to train the Iraqi army & police, but pull the majority of our forces out over the next year. We cannot stay there spending American blood and cash indefinitely. There is never going to be a 'Jeffersonian democracy' in Iraq, just like they didn't welcome us with roses and chocolates, there is no easter bunny or santa claus, and Iraq had no connection to 911 nor did they have WMD's.

at 7:57 AM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone notice that we still have troops and bases in Germany and Japan? How long ago was that? Why doesn't anyone want to end the "60 year occupation"?

at 1:16 PM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:57 AM,

Because it is not AN OCCUPATION!

3 a: the act or process of taking possession of a place or area : seizure b: the holding and control of an area by a foreign military force c: the military force occupying a country or the policies carried out by it

If Japan and Germany wanted us to leave we would HAVE to leave.

And, our service men and women are not dying at a rate of at least one per day.

Any other stupid questions?

at 1:54 PM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI to the anonymous blogger at 7:57AM. Iraq DID NOT attack us. Iraq had NOTHING to do with the 9/11 attacks. To confuse what happened 60 years ago in Germany and Japan with the current mess would indicate that you have no concept of what is going on in the world today. Please study up on these important issues as the future of our country will be in the voters hands in November.

Obama 2008

at 2:56 PM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no stupid questions. Just stupid people. Anonymous at 7:57 is a perfect example.

at 3:29 PM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:57 fails to say that we haven't been fighting in Germany or Japan for 60 years like we will be in Iraq. There was ni sectarian civil war in those countries. Like there is in Iraq. And will continue to be in Iraq.

You are a deluded fool.

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