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Monday, May 05, 2008

Portune asked about AG job

UPDATED. Here's the Plain Dealer's list of possible replacements. Portune is not listed.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said he was approached over the weekend asking if he would be interested in Marc Dann's job.

He wouldn't specify who the phone calls came from - whether they were state officials or local officials. He did say though, that some were from people in positions of influence.

"I said I didn't know if I would be (interested) or not," said Portune, a Democrat who is up for re-election in November.

Since then, the Ohio Democrats issued an ultimatum to Dann: resign or be impeached. Portune said it would "be better for the state of Ohio if he would step down at this point," but wanted to make clear that he's not saying that because he wants Dann's job.

"I believe I would be a good attorney general and would do the job very well, but I also know this is a very critical time for Hamilton County," he said, referring to unfinished work on the budget, The Banks, the environment, infant mortality, the sewer district and economic development.

"There is so much important stuff going on in the county level right now that I think it would be a tough sell for me to consider the attorney general's position."

Meanwhile, Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke, who is out of town on business declined to name names of any potentials to fill Dann's shoes.

"I don't know who's being talked about," he said. "We've got some great Democrats down here. This one would have to be a lawyer." He said it's premature to be naming potential replacements.

As for the ultimatum letter, here's what they had to say.

Burke: "I'm exceptionally disappointed to the events that brought us to this point. It's not going to be possible for him to stay."

He said Dann's scandals have damaged the reputation of the office, and could damage the reputation of the Democrats. "that's what all our other major office holders are saying. They don't want the problems created by one person's misconduct to affect the party."

Portune: "I would just urge that he seriously consider withdrawing for the good of the state."

Pepper: "I think it’s best for everyone that we have an attorney general that can focus on the job of attorney general not these other things. I was glad to see the letter and glad it came out quickly. As I said before, I didn’t think the clean up job could be done with him in office."

Pepper said he hopes Dann resigns before he is impeached. “This just isn’t going to work. Hopefully as days go by he will see this. We need the full attention paid to issues every day like crime and consumer practices and mortgage fraud and you name it. Not dealing with these sorts of issues. I hope it doesn’t come to impeachment.”


at 8:04 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Hackett would make one fine Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

at 8:09 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

calling Butch Boldface! calling Butch Boldface!

at 8:14 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune is a jealous baby. Pepper was seriously asked, not Portune.

at 8:33 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Repugs have no one, and I mean absolutely no one, who can even pretend to be a serious candidate for the job.

at 8:38 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune is making this up. Or maybe he was "approached" by his wife. Portune just wants to throw his name in the mix.

at 8:43 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to archived press reports Portune was one of the Ohio Democratic Party's top three picks to run for Attorney General in '06 but declined then to focus on cleaning up the county and to help get Pepper elected.

He has been a practicing attorney for 25 years. He has also been in public office for 16 years, the last 7+ cleaning up Republican messes at the county.

I think "Anonymous" is either the jeaolous one, or the Republican who would rather not have to run in the special election for the AG's position and get trounced by Portune.

at 8:47 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Republicans for Pepper Committee said...

Pepper would be a great selection, and he would give SW Ohio statewide representation, which we need.

at 8:47 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 8:48 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Hacket is a fool and should stay ouy of public office.

at 9:37 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of anyone who would be a better AG than Portune.

at 9:58 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wheel him on in" !

PATHETIC "family values" !


at 10:06 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Repug candidate would have a serious albatross around his or her neck: the abysmal record of the Bush Crime Syndicate. The Dems could nominate Porky Pig and still win. Although the Dems are obviously giving up on Marc Dann, and will no doubt run someone against him in a primary in 2010, he could probably beat the Repugnicant candidate by double digits.

The GOP brand is toast. They will lose everything this year.

at 10:27 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Portune, please go to Columbus. The messes that are in the laps of every resident/taxpayer of Hamilton County will long remain after you have left.

I would have said that your hopes were flushed down the drain, but since it wouldn't meet the EPA standards that we taxpayers will be bankrupting ourselves because of the "settlement"....I'm going to have to call Mirlisena to fix my plumbing.

at 10:53 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune?? Oh no, please!!! The proper thing to do is approach Chandra, the candidate the Ohio Dem Party, Timbo Burke & every other donkey kicked to the trash heap in favor of Marc Dann.

If Mr. Chandra is no longer interested, I believe what other people are saying here - Pepper listened to inquiries, not Portune.

I cannot envision Portune getting anything accomplished on the state level, practicing attorney or not. He simply isn't the go-to guy anymore. Besides, he has health matters that I don't think could stand the stress of being the state's AG, regardless of the staff serving in that office.

Get over Portune & move on.

at 10:59 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were Portune I wouldn't take it - the Nov runoff will probably be against Montgomery and she's too well known. Taking that risk on the ballot for AG would cost him the commission seat. The roll of the dice is just too dicie.

But I'd sure vote for him.

at 4:46 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous CincyMatusak said...

At least it would get Odd Todd Opportune out of Hamilton County.

at 5:21 AM, May 06, 2008 Blogger Hamilton County Voter said...

THIS is why the GOP should not have made "the deal". If one of these guys go after the job the GOP has no one to go after the empty seat on the commission.

at 6:31 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune? He sold out to the Republicans!

at 6:55 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Portune would run for AG, that would mean he would break "the deal" he made with the Repug party leaders and leave his seat open for them. Is he this power hungry that he would hand-over the County commission to the R's for a new power grab?

at 7:08 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure if anybody in Hamilton County was approached it was Portune. The work he has done to make sure the Banks project has finally begun got a lot of notice in Columbus.

at 8:08 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If everyone that committed adultery were fired, thrown out of office, lots of places would be empty of any human beings.

Since when is adultery and impeachable offense.

It saddens many that have very high moral expectations, but since when did you become judge, jury, and executioner, huh?

He admitted his error(s), has promised a "new" beginning, so why not give him a chance?

As he has said, the voters of Ohio will give him the right to remain in office if they wish.

Let he/ she without sin, throw the first stone..........

at 9:07 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey all you moralizing Pug-Tards drooling over this:

I've done some digging around Greene County and learned that your moral exemplar, Kevin DeWine, had sex with a staffer on his campaign while his wife was pregnant.

How do you spell "hypocrisy" boys and girls? G-O-P.

at 9:30 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Columbus insiders whisper that Columbus City Councilperson Lazarus (of the famous department store family) is the favored candidate to replace Dann......

at 9:46 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune is afraid of running in a truly competitive race, so even if he was approached for AG (which I doubt) he wouldn't accept it because it would mean he'd actually have to campaign for a change.

Let's look back over the past few years and see how many times Todd has generated news for himself by talking about how state Dems are supposedly asking him to run for some office or another. It's nonsense.

at 10:11 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:53- What makes you think the Hamilton County Democratic Party kicked Chandra to the trash heap? Actually, I think you'd be impressed to know a good number of HCDP leaders were very skeptical of Dann from the beginning, and actually endorsed Chandra. It was the voters of the State of Ohio who kicked Chandra to the trash heap, not Tim Burke!

at 11:19 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd's wife "asking" him about the job doesn't make this credible.

How did Jessica first hear about this anyway? A "leak" from Todd himself?

What a grandstanding self-promoter!

at 12:19 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hackett's not in with the Columbus cronies that run State politics, but would be a nice fill. I think Markus or Pfeiffer would be the obvious choice in the general. Until then Espy seems like the best fit.

at 12:45 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune stood the county and state on their collective heads when he challenge Bedinghaus - and won, then won again.

He was the first Democrat to break the Republican strong hold on what was an overwhelming Republican district.

His ability to identify with the best qualities of Republicans and Democrats and blend them into a second viable candidacy did much to lead the way and show other Democrats what it takes in Ohio to win the favor of voters and win office - common sense, respect for the values of his constituency, and dirct attention and action on matters that were important to them and him.

Portune's courage to not pander to political correctness, but forwarding issues and ideas that serve a purpose has been effective and an honest approach to goverance that the Republicans lost a long time ago.

Was this kind of candidate approached for Dann's job? You bet your a** he was - but I doubt he'll take it (even though strategically it would be a great move for the Democrats)- they need someone with broad name recognition to run against the Republican "name" that'll run.

at 12:50 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only chance Portune has for employment in the future is in the private sector. As he was proudly aligned with Bush during the last seven disasterous years I wouldn't count on any serious informed votes. Do what so many other GOP has beens are doing, there getting jobs with conservative lobbiest and PAC organizations. The very type of group that represents the very worst of America.

at 1:04 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If everyone that committed adultery were fired, thrown out of office, lots of places would be empty of any human beings.

Anon 8:08, this is a good point for thought. Adultery isn't an impeachable offense, but in certain circles, it has become the thing to do.

McGreevy in New Jersey out on his can because he's gay.

Spitzer in New York kicked out for his dalliances.

Marc Dann facing impeachment because of his wrongdoings.

And what is being done about that Bozo in Michigan who was playing footsie with a staff person? Why is that no longer receiving any coverage these days? Hasn't anyone in that area put the pressure on that dude to take a hike?

So it took the Plain Dealer to offer up the short list. I'll take it as gospel. Portune was dreaming out loud again.

at 1:27 PM, May 06, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

How about Virus Vic and David Peckerhead sharing the office with Horn Dog Allen?

at 2:07 PM, May 06, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"....Let he/ she without sin, throw the first stone..........

8:08 AM, May 06, 2008..."

Stand up straight, Mr Morally challenged Dhimicrat, I've got a 90mph high and inside chunk of granite for your ass!!!!

at 2:16 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper would make a great AG. He runs well organized and effective campaigns. His squeaky clean image is the exact opposite of Dann.

at 2:22 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course nobody but Todd himself and the Enquirer would think Portune has a chance at being Dann's replacement. Maybe Tim Burke is that delusional, too. The rest of know Todd has no respect for the voters and is too lazy to actually run a competitive campaign. After the deal, don't be surprised if Todd sits and rots at the county level the rest of his miserable career. Portune's a joke, and everybody knows it but him.

at 5:36 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE: Portune forgot to make up his story to the Plain Dealer.

at 7:01 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous CincyCapell said...

Don't worry Jeffy, Todd isn't going anywhere. The Dems will continue to rukle the County, and Coast is still Toast.

at 8:01 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Portune out of Hamilton County any way you can. Then we can start cleaning up his messes.

at 10:17 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Portune attackers: Just watch. Now that Portune has gotten the Cincinnati Enquirer to print this rubbish, Northern publications will start carrying it too. Then, Portune will point to the papers as further proof that he wasn't making this up. Portune is not stupid. Arrogant? Yes. Vindictive? Yes. Not stupid.

at 11:43 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading this blog - I have to admit, Obama nailed it on the head, many Americans really are "bitter: - the meaness factor is running high and the ethics and intelligence factors are thrown to the wind.

Wouldn't it be funny if blogs required named posters...

at 9:30 AM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supreme Irony Alert:

Marc Dann steps down, is found to commit sex crimes after further investigation.

David Pepper becomes Attorney General.

A certain Pepper staffer goes to Columbus to work for the attorney general while her husband stays behind at his VOA job to help Pepper's predecessor, who is now a client.

at 12:44 PM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Portune the candidate who garnered more votes than any other commissioner in history in Hamilton County - twice?

Uhmm, yea, I think that's right. A Dem who has gotten and will get that kind of overwhelming, bipartisan support in SW Ohio - no doubt, he's on the "short list" -

at 3:05 PM, May 07, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

".....Wasn't Portune the candidate who garnered more votes than any other commissioner in history in Hamilton County - twice?...."

Look who he replaced....

at 7:01 AM, May 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune was recently awarded:

Best Undercutting of Democracy:

Deciding that running a re-election campaign was too bothersome, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, cut a deal in January with Republican Greg Hartmann in which the two major political parties wouldn’t endorse candidates in their respective commission races, allowing the pair to essentially run unopposed. Confronted by public outrage, Portune tried to deflect criticism by stating he didn’t propose the deal. Asked by the media who crafted the plan, Portune feigned ignorance though he’d floated an earlier deal with striking similarities when he thought incumbent Commissioner Pat DeWine was going to seek re-election. Maybe Portune is spending too much time in Bob Bedinghaus’ old office.


at 11:17 PM, May 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always highly suspicious when some pathetic individual like cincycappell [AKA cheviot sports idiot] becomes obsessed with someone else's life. Cincycappell ought to switch his online name to Mark David Chapman or John Hinckley Jr.

It sounds like cincycapell is hiding in the same closet as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Use your real name if you're going to attack someone else by his real name. Otherwise, you're just another gutless liberal coward hiding behind a computer monitor.

at 12:14 AM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Look who he replaced?"

Yea, look, I think it was the guy who last held a seat belonging to the Republican Party for over 40 years. And then defended that hot seat - with an overwhelming majority.

Here's what the Republicans won't admit - nobody worth their weight in salt was willing to run against Portune this time around - that's the ONLY reason the Republican Party begged a deal with Portune.

Personally, I think it was a waste for him to take them up on it - but, the deal freed up alot of funds for other Democratic candidates.

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