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Tuesday, February 7

Cong. 7th: Neuhardt (D) Drops Out

Blogger DavidinNYC reports on DailyKos today that Sharen Neuhardt, the only announced Democratic opponent to David Hobson (R) in the 7th District Congressional race, has dropped out. There is some hope that Tony Bourne may run, but he has not confirmed it. DavidinNYC also mentions Dan Saks as a possible candidate in OH-7. In a different Congressional race, DavidinNYC questions whether Jeff Seeman (D) will again take on Ralph Regula in OH-16, citing missed FEC filings, but I've been told quite directly that Seeman will in fact file by February 16. Meanwhile, over in OH-8, where new House Majority Leader John Boehner (R) is still unopposed, the Democratic candidate in the cross-border district IN-6, Barry Welsh, reports that he will be meeting with a potential Democratic candidate and hopes that an announcement will be made tomorrow. If that does not pan out, DailyKos diarist and OH-8 resident LatidaSothere is reluctantly thinking about filing.


At 12:12 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Beyond a vague post on MyDD months ago, I was never aware that Sharen ever "dropped in". There was no other confirmation and to my knowledge no one ever heard from her.

As for Tony Bourne, he was running over the summer and had his website up, but he withdrew in the early fall. For sometime, his website stated the fact, but now it seems to be either down or taken over by squatters.

I also do understand that Dan Saks will run but it's a major uphill battle for him.

I think it's a bad sign that we can't find anyone more, umm ... viable to run in OH-16 than Jeff Seemann. It warms my heart to see that the guy who was once the darling of the liberal intelligencia is now held in the low regard he deserves.

I understand from those on his staff in 2004 that there is something there behind the many FEC problems. As a congressional candidate, Jeff has an excellent career of homelessness ahead of him

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Yellow Dog Sammy said...

Thanks for your comments, Paul! As to Neuhardt, I have been the victim of wishful thinking, I guess. It seemed like she had good funding and networking possibilities.

If nothing else, I hope we get candidates on file just as placeholders.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Paul said...

You take 16th and I'll take 7th?

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Paul said...

By the way ... you can blame me for Sharen's reference on Politics1, which filtered down ... I'm the one who emailed Ron about her (and a few others).

I wonder if Sharen ever considered it.

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul, do tell about Seemann.

I was about to write him because he appeared to drop off the face of the earth.

Don't tell me Regula is going to waltz into another 2 years of wingnuttery (well, do tell me if that's the case - just be gentle).

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Paul said...

The guy is bat-guano crazy and is prone to "exaggerations" about his personal history.

For example ... my understanding is that he's no sort of "Executive" in the radio business as someone told Politics1.

Most of what I have is second hand, so I won't go into too many details in public like this.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Tony Bourne said...

Unfortunately, I did pull out of the race this fall. After pushing hard for a year I couldn't raise enough money to make a good showing, even with the help and support of everyone I met throughout the district. Now that Dan Saks and Bill Conner have filed I hope that we can put together something for the district, but I don't like our odds.

Too often I heard a lot of excuses as to why people would not support a campaign, but if we can't raise money in the off years, we won't be able to compete in the campaigns to follow. Hobson is a crook (look at his ties to The Offices at Rickenbacker and the NextEdge Applied Research and Technology Park) It seems he's more than happy to benefit financially from his appropriatons. But when we can't provide a real push to compete there is no real reason to run. The idea that its great to have someone on the ballot is a little misguided. We've done that for the last five terms in the 7th and it's made us look silly, so much so that we can't get a good candidate now.

I wasn't the BEST person out there to run, just willing to put the effort in. We need to recruit the absolute best, and support them for all of 2007 or we won't beat Austria in 2008.


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