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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Schmidt declares victory

Rep. Jean Schmidt declared victory tonight at a TV studio in the basement of the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Her audience? Chief of Staff Barry Bennett, another staffer, a cameraman, this Enquirer reporter and a photographer.

On Bennett's cell phone, however, Schmidt gushed to her supporters, gathered at a victory party back in southern Ohio:

"Guys, we pulled this off! You guys are awesome. You're the best.

"Thanks a lot for sticking through this horrible weather to get me across the victory line. You guys are the best."

A woman on the other line said: "It's still raining here."

To which Schmidt responded: "I owe you big time!"

Then, she started in on her questions about the other races: "Who's leading in the commissioner's race?" she asked.

A few minutes later, after discussing several local races, Schmdit said: "Listen, guys, go get some sleep. You guys are wonderful. Thank you all so much."

And that was it. Asked if that phone call meant she had declared victory, Schmidt gave a smirk.

"Oh YEAH," she said. "And my best victory yet."

This was Schmidt's 5th race in the 2nd District since 2005.

She won an 11-way Special Election GOP primary and tough general election against Democrat Paul Hackett in 2005 to replace former Rep. Rob Portman. In 2006, she won another tough GOP primary against former Rep. Bob McEwen and then a close race against Democrat Victoria Wulsin.


14 Comments:

at 12:51 AM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Brinkman call to congratulate her?

That will be a test of his character.

 
at 1:09 AM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call? Brinkman hasn't even conceded!

What a pathetic excuse for a Republican.

 
at 2:29 AM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know Malia, even in the Congresswoman's moment of quiet victory and modest celebration you had to spit in her face.


I feel sorry for you...Perhaps you ought to think about why they put YOU in the basement to cover this.

 
at 10:31 AM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jean! Now, turn your sights and efforts toward Wulsin and November. We're with you 100%!

 
at 5:37 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jean Schmidt is the biggest embarrassment the 2nd district has ever had to endure. With any luck, we'll be rid of her in November.

Go Wulsin!

 
at 10:20 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Wulsin. Go away...You critisize our nation about "lack" of health care. You are a doctor, provide some health care.

 
at 2:27 AM, March 06, 2008 Anonymous Nuclear waste dumpers said...

Way to go Jean! The best Congresswoman money can buy.

 
at 7:16 PM, March 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the COASTers are being bad losers...as usual.

COAST is TOAST.

 
at 10:19 AM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Schmidtheads are being obnoxious...as usual. Icky Vicky thanks you for your antics.

 
at 3:32 PM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 10:19 am, 3/7, supporters of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt are never obnoxious. We do get a bit testy, though, when COAST fringe types like you get obnoxious. Malaria Victoria will probably get obnoxious, too, between now and November, because she's cut from the same piece of loser cloth that you are. You're not a loser? Then explain why you have supported the loser in the past five OH-2 elections. Give the rationale behind your efforts to keep Republican voters from voting in the Special General Election in August, 2005, an effort in which you partnered with a pro-abortion PAC from Oregon. You even said you gave your support to that nutcase from Chillicothe two years ago. You are consistent; I will have to give you that.

 
at 8:18 PM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Thea said...

If you didn't support Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in the primary, you should vote for Wulsin in November.

 
at 3:34 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wacky Wulsin will lose by double digits to Schmidt. Book it.

 
at 3:46 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Heimlich, Politics career RIP.

Tom Brinkman, Politics career RIP.

Russ Jackson, Politics career RIP.

Pat DeWine, Politics career RIP.

Mike Harlow, Politics career RIP.

Am I missing anyone from the COAST political corpse tally??

COAST IS TOAST.

 
at 3:24 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malia Rulon is an absolute embarrassment to the Enquirer. Her hatred of Jean Schmidt comes across in nearly everything she writes about the Congresswoman. Jean should never bother talking to this hack reporterette again.

 
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