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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pepper for AG?

UPDATE:

Tim Burke told the Enquirer today that the other name he gave the governor’s office was that of Commission President Todd Portune.

"What I have said consistently is there are two people down here who could do this job and do it well and that’s Todd Portune and David Pepper." He didn’t know whether Portune is being considered by the governor or not.

"The AP said Pepper was one of them. They gave four names. I’m not even sure if there is a list of four people. I do know that David has developed a very good relationship with the governor because they’ve both been campaigning very hard for Hillary (Clinton)."

Commissioner David Pepper told the Enquirer he doesn’t know much about the process and said it would be premature to comment on whether he’d be interested in the job.

"If someone put my name out, I’m honored, but I don’t know anything more about it. I’ve spent my day doing county business. I really like what I do and where I am and the county’s got a lot of issues to focus on. At this point everything else is speculation. I think the governor’s handled the situation very well and I think he’ll make the best decision."



The Associated Press has this story:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A longtime county prosecutor in Dayton and a Hamilton County commissioner are on a list of potential Democratic replacements for former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann.

Mat Heck, Montgomery County prosecutor since 1992, told The Associated Press Monday that he is being considered by Gov. Ted Strickland. David Pepper, a Hamilton County Commissioner since 2006, is also in the mix, said Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke and a Democratic state lawmaker with knowledge of the governor’s deliberations. ...

Pepper said he didn’t know whether he was on the list and didn’t have much to say on it.

“I think the governor has responded well (to the Dann scandal) and I think he’ll make the decision that’s best,” said Pepper, whose father was a former chief executive of Proctor & Gamble Co. and currently serves as chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co.

Burke was asked by the governor’s staff to make suggestions for possible replacements for Dann. Of the two names Burke gave the governor’s staff, Pepper’s was the one they focused on, he said.

“He’s somebody who has an excellent relationship with the governor,” Burke said. “He has impressed the governor. He’s one hell of a hard worker.”

Dann resigned Wednesday under threat of impeachment. On May 2 he admitted to an extramarital affair with a subordinate that he said contributed to an atmosphere that led to sexual harassment complaints against a top aide in his office.

Strickland’s office will not discuss candidates for his replacement. However, Strickland said earlier Monday that he has spoken about the job with another person whose name has figured prominently in discussions of who would replace Dann – state Treasurer Richard Cordray.

Strickland said he had talked with Cordray because he is part of the inner circle of statewide Democratic officials he consults, but also about taking the job. He emphasized he has been talking to others as well.

“We are looking at a large number of individuals, their qualifications and their experiences,” Strickland said. “I am in an information gathering period of time right now.”

Strickland said he had not yet decided whether to appoint an interim attorney general and have someone else run in a November election to replace Dann, or to have the replacement he appoints also run as a candidate.

Cordray has declined interview requests to talk about the attorney general job.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason is also being considered. Spokesman Ryan Miday said Monday he did not know whether Mason had spoken with Strickland or his staff about the job, but said it would “be an honor” for the governor to consider him.


51 Comments:

at 9:27 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because you did a previous blog post on it, shouldn't you all report whether Todd Portune is on the list?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

 
at 9:29 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think the AP would know how to spell ProctEr.

 
at 9:34 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper for AG. He can run from cover.

If he wins, Dems get to appoint and should appoint Greg Harris!

Greg is the guy they screwed over when Burke and Portune somehow decided the Repugnicants were unbeatable this year.

 
at 10:00 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's close the Ohio AG office; they don't know how to do their job and we're not only not getting things done in and for Ohio, but taxpayer money is going to reading about and dealing with their smut

 
at 10:25 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not Portune?

 
at 10:48 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't confuse the enquirer with the inquirer

 
at 10:51 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

when is borgman leaving cincinnati?

 
at 11:01 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

clean up ohio: get rid of cleveland, cincinnati, columbus and knox county

 
at 11:03 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, let's get someone from the cincinnati educational system to run the office; do they know how to spell it?

 
at 11:07 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyday I read the about Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. or Ohio I feel better and better that I moved to Kentucky 5 years ago. Life is good on the south side.

 
at 11:09 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper is a much better choice than Portune....hands down. Portune is goofy and will get the Dems in trouble.

 
at 11:09 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about woody allen? or parrothead, or madonna, or oj?

 
at 11:13 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Pepper is great - but, I don't see how Strickland could seriously consider him over Portune if we need someone with the most experience and who has dealth with a government entity in turmoil.

Could this preference of one over the other have more to do with the fact that Pepper and Strickland worked together for Clinton and Portune was for Obama?

It just doesn't make sense to focus on the junior commissioner when the trail blazer who upset a heavily Republican stronghold by record numbers - from both parties - would be passed over. Portune's bipartisan support would mean alot in a statewide race.

Sounds like the decision is one of politics and money not substance - and that got us Dann.

Anyone know strategically what would happen if Pepper or Portune were selected? Does the Dem Party select a temporary commissioner and then an election, or what?

 
at 11:14 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dann's biggest problem was his lack of managerial experience. Why put someone else in with a similar lack of managerial experience? The County Commissioners run the county BUT only have small staffs under their authority.

 
at 11:26 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, why not pepper? p&g and cincy are one big incestuous family (is that a german thing?)

 
at 11:27 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's clean up the Ohio AG office and move it to over-the-rhine

 
at 11:39 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The County Commissioners are executive functions, overseeing a $1B budget and 6,000 employees. A heck of a lot bigger than the AG's office.

 
at 11:48 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Heck is the Joe Deters of Montgomery County. He forces his employees to work for his election/the party and punishes them in a million ways if they don't. He is NOT the right choice. What about Subodh Chandra? He should have had the nomination anyway...

 
at 12:03 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl: it's "Procter & Gamble" not "Proctor (sic)..."

Greg Harris was hardly "screwed over" for his complicity in the undemocratic annointing of Todd's re-election. He'll get his reward and fawning liberals will forget he was part of the cabal to disenfranchise voters and deny them a choice (what about that all you pro-choice liberals?)

Maybe THIS is why Big Daddy Pepper has been haunting Columbus: not to get taxypayer money for his White Guilt Center, but to grease the skids so his young'un can be appointed to a seat he wouldn't be able to win unless he's the incumbent?

 
at 12:07 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it should go without saying that Harris couldn't get elected to the County Commission unless he too starts out as an unelected appointed incumbent.

 
at 12:19 PM, May 20, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Would John Pepper's kid bring a mandate from Hamilton County?

 
at 12:41 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Greg Harris said...

I really don't know what I have to do with any of this. If I run for something again, I assume I will run and get elected in my own right, or lose in my own right. Now on to the more important matter at hand . . .

I believe it is really critical for SW Ohio to get statewide representation. We currently have none. Portune and Pepper would both make incredible AG's.

I am personally elated to read that Pepper is on a top four list. His good government orientation and outsider status makes him very appealing. I'd hate for the Dem's to play musical chairs right now (although Cordray is awesome) and appoint a different statewide office holder because it would smack of politics as usual.

 
at 12:59 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Finney and Brinkman and their fellow COASTers get into their 80s, and Pepper turns 70, they're still going to complain about who his dad is.

 
at 1:05 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

so 12:03, what exactly are you implying?

 
at 1:21 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's all drink to Ohio! and then go wash out our stains with TIDE

 
at 1:26 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The County Commissioners are executive functions, overseeing a $1B budget and 6,000 employees. A heck of a lot bigger than the AG's office."

They do not involve the same amount of day-to-day managerial work...far from it.

Pepper is not the boss of the 6,000 county employees like Dann was to the various folks in the AG's office.

 
at 1:31 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad the Ohio AG's office doesn't come with a good supply of valium

 
at 1:32 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe the bengals can teach the Ohio AG office and the cincy high schools how to write appeals

 
at 1:39 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

dann wasn't a boss, he was a pimp

 
at 1:40 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

adding cincy to the pot is only going to make things worse, by far

 
at 2:02 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:40 Do you mean CincyCapell?

 
at 2:05 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper for AG!

Scott Gehring for Commish!

 
at 2:12 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cincy Capell...why don't you sign your real name to your posts...until then, you are just an anonymous coward like the rest of us...

 
at 2:19 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous cincycapell said...

Do't worry little Cow Chippers. Either way, the Dems keep control of the County and the State. Coast is still Toast. And Finney won't be getting his fat fanny back on any County boards.

 
at 2:51 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Both commissioners would make excellent AG's !

Pepper should be able to raise the funds for major campaign battle !

Does seem strange after back-room deals that Burke is OK, now, to place a Dem commission majority at risk !

What happens to the voter, AGAIN ?

 
at 4:12 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Scott Gehring? Don't you mean Scott Winkelman?

 
at 4:25 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that all you folks act shocked about "back room deals." Do you not know this occurs all the time in politics? If you don't like it fine, but stop being so naive. Politics involves dealmaking and strategy. Those who brokered this deal clearly felt it strengthened Portune’s chance of getting re-elected, assured Dem control of the commission for two and probably four more years, and allowed the Dem's to focus party resources on some down ticket races like Brinker’s race for treasurer, which I think he’ll win.

As for Anon 12:03 PM, you act like a know-it-all but you know jack shit. Save your psuedo-insider conspiracy theories for the Cincinnati Beacon.

 
at 5:29 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:25,

No, YOU grow up. Of course backroom deals go on in politics. But don't act surprised when people express anger and disgust when they are found out.

Let's be clear: The local deal was done SOLELY because Portune was afraid to run after his jail tax went down in flames.

You can rationalize it anyhow you want, but that's the truth. It was to benefit Portune, not the party and not voters.

 
at 5:45 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

the enquirer sucks

 
at 6:01 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:05- to quote Lex Luthor, "Lord, You gave them eyes and yet they cannot see."

Perhaps 12:03 is likening John Pepper to Joe Kennedy?

4:25- language! In fact, I DO know Jack Sh*t. Jack Sh*t is a friend of mine, and 4:25, you are no Jack Sh*t. You're not very clever either. Yes, denying the voters an opposing candidate CAN be construed as "strengthening Todd's chances." Dullard.

 
at 6:07 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Jackshit said...

I'm offended

 
at 8:00 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE: Todd Portune threw another "back room" tantrum and yelled at Burke for not making his name more prominent in this story, thus prompting the "update" even though he really is not in consideration for the AG job, but he wants everybody to think he is, because he wants everything to be about him.

 
at 8:00 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When this is all over I can't wait to laugh.

Second thought; I'm laughing right now.

Ted Strickland is a smart man. He'll figure this one out. He'll do the right thing and look to those who truly believe in him.

Ted, listen to the folks back home...

 
at 11:44 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the County Commissioners do NOT "oversee 6,000 employees". At best, they have about 600-700 employees who report to them. The rest are "overseen" by independent, elected officials or agencies such as the Welfare(Jobs and Family Services) Department. The Commissioners have budget authority but no control over the employees of the Sheriff, County Engineer, Prosecutor, Coroner, etc.

 
at 12:20 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Strickland isn't so shallow that he would wage this on who supports his candidate.

On the other hand, I have heard Portune doesn't really want the job right now, but is flattered to be under consideration, hence the Pepper props.

 
at 2:36 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATED SOME MORE: Portune = Liar

 
at 10:31 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

In all seriousness, Todd Portune, while a good and decent man, is probably not the best person for the job, if for no other reason than his health.

That doesn't mean David Pepper is the best person for the job, or even better than Portune.

In fact, the Democrats have an embarassment of riches here. We have numerous county prosecutors, who have figured out how to be tough on crime without shredding the Constitution. We have numerous capable administrators of many of Ohio's counties, as voters have sent record numbers of Democrats to County Commissions to clean up the other party's messes.

We have plenty of talented individuals to choose from. Look at how difficult it is for the other party to come up with a candidate. They are only offering up aging right-wing has-beens like Petro and Montgomery (both of whom should be in jail) and aging right-wing never-can-be's like Ron O'Brien and Tim Grendell.

Obama is going to beat McCain by 10 points in Ohio, and I bet the Democrats' candidate for AG beats the other party's pitifully lame mockery of a candidate by 20 points.

 
at 1:39 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

more fairy tales? peter piper picked a pack of pickled peppers, for who? to what end? go home cincy, you don't qualify, sorry!

 
at 1:40 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's keep ohio and florida out of the race forever

 
at 5:19 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'd rather someone from the cleveland ghetto/mafia get "elected"

 
at 11:44 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg!
cc becomes ag &
who gets ? from p&g
& disney?
how seussian!

 
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