posted by Jessica at 4/08/2008 04:30:00 PM
Once again, City Beat scopes the Fishwrap. Here's a late breaking story from Kevin Osborn:Dole May Seek Dem EndorsementA political deal agreed to by Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune and Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke involving the November election could unravel later this month.With the county's Board of Elections today formally certifying Chris Dole as an independent candidate for the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners seat now held by Republican Pat DeWine, it's expected that Dole will probably seek the Democratic Party's endorsement against Republican challenger Greg Hartmann.Dole, a Crosby Township trustee who previously was a registered Democrat, was prompted to run by the deal cut by the two party-endorsed candidates in their attempt to eliminate serious competition from the county commission races this fall. In January Portune and Hartmann crafted a deal in which the local Democratic Party promised not to run a candidate against Hartmann. In return, the local Republican Party wouldn’t endorse any candidate who challenged Portune.Both party chairs approved the deal, which was mediated by millionaire litigator Stan Chesley, a frequent contributor to both parties.But the Hamilton County Democratic Party’s Central Committee, comprised of precinct executives, never agreed to the deal. Dole supporters plan to seek an endorsement vote when the Central Committee meets in two weeks. Dole’s supporters include former Congressman Tom Luken and Cincinnati City Councilman John Cranley.For his part, Dole said any endorsement or support would be welcomed.“I would look for the Democratic Party’s endorsement just as I would any party endorsement from the Greens or the Charterites,” Dole said today. “But I especially would look forward to the Democratic endorsement, because it’s the party I formerly was a member of.”If an endorsement occurs, it's unclear whether the local Republican Party would offer support to Ed Rothenberg, a Hyde Park real estate broker who's a registered Republican and is running as an independent against Portune.Dole’s supporters said he would ensure the interests of townships are represented in county government, particularly the often overlooked West Side townships.All three current county commissioners — Democrats Portune and David Pepper, along with Republican DeWine — are former Cincinnati City councilmen. Republican Hartmann, who is running for DeWine’s seat after the incumbent announced he wasn’t seeking re-election, moved to the area from Texas in 1999.The Democratic Party’s Central Committee will meet next at 7 p.m., April 21. The session will be held at the Laborer’s Hall, 3457 Montgomery Road, in Evanston.— Kevin Osbornehttp://blogs.citybeat.com/porkopolis/2008/04/dole-may-seek-d.html#moreJessica, you might want to get on this story ASAP.
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