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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Roll Call: Pepper, Kearney rising stars

Roll Call, a respected Capitol Hill newspaper, reported yesterday:

BYLINE: Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call Staff

First of two parts

If there ever was a state that exemplified the Democratic hurricane of 2006, it was Ohio. The same GOP that delivered the 2004 election to President Bush suffered from widely publicized corruption scandals in both the state and national Capitol.

As expected, many rising stars played a part in the the 2006 sweep that delivered almost every statewide office to Democrats. What’s more, term limits in both state legislative chambers — eight years in each the state House and Senate — ensure a new crop of pols are always coming up through the ranks ...

In the southwestern part of the state, Democrats see both Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper and state Sen. Eric Kearney as part of their first string. Pepper lost the race for mayor of Cincinnati in 2005, leaving him with a loss on his record but higher name identification in the 1st Congressional district. Nonetheless, Democrats say Pepper is a great fundraiser.

Kearney, who is one of the owners of a chain of African-American news media outlets in the region, also is a possibility, but he is term-limited after 2010.

Even though party leaders recruited state Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) to run against Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in 2008, they could easily look to Pepper or Kearney further down the road if Driehaus loses.

NEXT WEEK: Ohio Republicans


at 9:49 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Looks like everybody is already writing of Driehaus.

Should have run Cranley. Shame on you, Mr. Burke!

at 10:12 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:49

What makes you think Tim Burke had anything to do with that choice? Got any evidence Cranley wanted to run? Or is it just that taking shots at Burke on principle is the thing to do?

at 10:13 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio Repugs are only going to be rising stars in one league: The Penal League, though I can't see any of those pasty, fat trust-fund babies striking out 159 batters.

at 10:14 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Repugs are going to lose so badly, they will go out of business.

They will be as bankrupt as their policies have made millions of Americans.

They will be as unemployed as they have made millions of Americans.

They will be as unemployable as they have made millions of Americans.

They will be subjected to criminal prosecution, stripped of the very same Constitutional liberties they have stripped from millions of Americans.

at 10:26 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody knows that John Cranley wanted another crack at Chabot and Burke squashed it.

Nobody knows who Steve Driehaus is because he hasn't done anything in Columbus.

at 10:46 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget evidence Cranley wanted to run. How about evidence he could win? I don't see any. If John Cranley couldn't win in 2006, he'd never stand a chance again. He'd be a three-time loser against Chabot. Not a great way to round out that city council career. So please, Cranley drones. For the love of god, quit bashing Driehaus. He is a better candidate. I'm sorry little Johnny didn't want to take a crack at it this time. But you'll just have to get over it.

at 10:52 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Pepper can't run on the West Side...

Steve "Girls Gone Wild" Driehaus will be exposed for the liberal he is...

Eric Kearney is our best shot.

at 11:13 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Dem Party Leaders are already looking (albeit behind the scenes) at future candidates to take on Chabot speaks volumes about what they think their chances are of knocking him out this November.

at 11:21 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annon 10:46- what evidence do you have that Driehaus is a better candidate than Cranley? He's certainly not as well known...and the fact that Driehaus jumped in the race so early makes me think he did so to elbow Cranley out...

at 11:32 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper can't run in OH-1 because he lives in OH-2.

I'm outraged that our local party is writing off Driehaus already and looking to someone to take on 2010. If Burke and company are sending this signal, why should I work to elect Driehaus?

at 12:46 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Todd Portune? He'd be much better than Cranley and 1,000 times better than Driehaus.

I bet Steve "Lil Hands" Driehaus couldn't even palm a baseball.

at 1:03 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Driehaus can't win, neither Pepper or Kearney will.

Westside...Bestside. No carpetbaggers allowed.

at 1:05 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports yesterday finds:

that 65% of Americans would like to see U.S. troops brought home from Iraq within a year. That's the highest total recorded in the tracking poll which has been conducted regularly since August of last year. . . .

Looking at the other end of the spectrum, 31% want troops to remain in Iraq until the mission is complete. That figure has ranged from 31% to 39% since tracking began.

So 31% of Americans agree with John McCain's views on Iraq (a low point for this poll) and 65% -- a record high -- reject that view.

This, of course, shows that the Iraq War will be a big asset for McCain's presidential campaign and a real threat to the Democrats, and that withdrawal is political poison, because Americans are turning in favor of the war again and want to stay until we Win, right?.

Yea, sure they do.(Note the sarcasm)

Also, everyone sane and honest admits that the Surge is working great, right?:

The survey also found that 32% believe the troop "surge" has worked while 43% disagree and say it has not. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans say the surge has worked. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats say it has not along with 51% of those not affiliated with either major party.

Since McCain is most closely associated with the Surge and with staying forever, this is all really good news for him, isn't it?.

Yea, right. (more sarcasm)

at 4:14 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper and Kearney are great guys. However, Driehaus will win.

at 7:53 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the Driehaus family, but lost a lot of respect for Steve Driehaus when voted against his own bill for redistricinting.

He showed his true colors by putting partisan politics ahead of what's best for voters in Ohio.

Steve Driehaus should be ashamed.

at 11:15 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like all is not well in DemLand. "Little John" and "Little Hands" at odds and out of town scribes annointing Pepper and Kearney as the future.

I guess it hasn't turned out to be such a great year for 'dem Dems.

Have at it, fellas.

at 3:20 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous You gotta eat your fishsticks said...

Drip...drip...Driphaus is going to get crushed by Congressman Chabot.

at 9:42 AM, April 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Kearney is useless as a politician.

Pepper is a great fundraiser? Only because people pay to get close to his parents.

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