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Monday, January 30

Gov & Sen: Strickland (D)/Brown (D) Press Conference Today

John Ryan's AFL-CIO Blog reports that gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland (D-Lisbon) and U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) will hold a press conference in Columbus today, before heading off to Washington for the resumption of their Congressional duties, to announce the endorsement by the AFL-CIO of both candidates.

Meanwhile, as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch, gubernatorial candidate Jim Petro (R-Rocky River) will announce today that State Sen. Joy Padgett (R-Cochocton) is his new running mate, replacing Phil Heimlich (R-Cincinnati). At first blush, this pick seems to be aimed at Strickland in the general election rather than Ken Blackwell (R-Cincinnati) in the primary. Padgett is from Strickland's rural southeastern Ohio base. She is recently notorious as the sponsor of Ohio's concealed gun carry law, cementing her high standing with the NRA, and has a history of being strongly anti-choice on abortion. It is also significant that she is the only woman on any gubernatorial ticket. (Blackwell has not yet announced, but the expectation is that he will pick State Rep. Tom Raga (R-Mason) and that it will be made public on Wednesday.)


At 11:14 AM, Blogger Yellow Dog Sammy said...

Holy smokes. I didn't realize what a little selazeball this 'Country Gal' Padgett is. The excellent blog High & Broad describes it like this:

Padgett, a former Taft appointee (to his Office of Appalachia) was appointed to her Senate seat. In 2004, she spent well over $1 million on television ads accusing her opponent, former Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson, of being soft on gay marriage to help win a full four-year term.

Padgett was also responsible for what may have been the single sleaziest attack of the year in Ohio politics. As an AP reporter, Anderson had been held prisoner for seven years in Lebanon by Hezbollah guerrillas. During her 2004 Senate campaign, Padgett used a picture of Anderson meeting with his former captors to accuse him in a lit piece of somehow being soft on terrorism.

She's horrible!!!!!!

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