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Monday, April 21, 2008

Dole or Deal? Meeting tonight

Jessica Brown reports:

Hamilton County Democratic Party’s Central Committee will be asked tonight to endorse Chris Dole for Hamilton County Commissioner.

An endorsement of Dole, a Crosby Township Trustee, would effectively break a controversial deal between the Democratic and Republican parties to not endorse anyone against the other party’s candidates in the commission race.

Although party chairman Tim Burke is urging against the endorsement, he will have no veto power if the majority of the 198-member central committee decides to endorse Dole.

Frustrated about the deal, Dole decided to run as an independent against Republican commission candidate Greg Hartmann for the commission seat being vacated by Commissioner Pat DeWine. DeWine, a Republican, is running for common pleas judge.

Burke and then-Republican Party Chairman George Vincent agreed to the deal last year because they felt it would help their parties retain current seats and allow them to focus their resources on other races. Critics said it deprived voters of choices on the ballot.

Thomas Luken, former congressman and former Democratic Party chairman, said a motion will be presented at tonight’s meeting to endorse Dole. He sent a memo to central committee members over the weekend urging the endorsement.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Laborer's Hall, 3457 Montgomery Road in Evanston.


at 11:59 AM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Chris Dole, but I signed his petition to get on the ballot just out of principle and complete disgust at this "deal" between the Dem's and Rep's. If the Dem's suddenly decide that they screwed up and say "we want to endorse this guy" I would have a real problem if Dole accepts this endorsement. If he is good enough for the Dem's to endorse now, he was good enough to endorse many, many months ago when this stinker of a deal was made. If Dole has any integrity, he will flat-out reject this endorsement and let the Dem's wallow in their misery. The $$$ from the Dem's campaign funds will never buy Dole the voters he will get by sticking to his guns and running a true grass-roots campaign.

at 1:11 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:59 a.m.,

That is ass-backwards thinking. You sound like a Portune follower, who is trying again to scuttle the endorsement.

I hope all my fellow Dems will join me in endorsing Dole tonight, and in voting for Dole and Rothenberg this fall, to send a message to the party bosses and the Fourth Street lawyers.

at 12:47 AM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:59 is a repug troll. Pay him no notice.

at 7:21 AM, April 22, 2008 Blogger Hamilton County Voter said...

Here go the GOP again!
Made a deal and now the Reps are going to get screwed because they gave in and opened a door for the Dems to walk into.
The GOP better get on the stick and figure out what they are going to do about Portune. Good luck with that!

at 9:39 AM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO what the heck happened?!?!?!

at 9:56 AM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pathetic, spineless, Burke loyalist clowns ought to be ashamed of themselves.

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