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Wednesday, March 15

Senate: Mitchel (R) Withdraws; Pierce (R) Attacks Smith (R) as "Carpetbagger"

As reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer "blog" Openers here and here, John Mitchel (R-Beavercreek) has dropped his challenge to incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine (R), and one of the remaining two challengers is attacking the other. William Pierce (R-Cincinnati), pictured, who has attracted the most attention among DeWine's challengers by winning or nearly winning endorsements from several county Republican Party organizations, has criticized David Smith (R-Mason) as a "carpetbagger" who has run in three states since 2002:

"Pierce says Smith, a Procter & Gamble finance manager from Cincinnati's suburbs, ran for Congress in Utah in 2002, Tennessee in 2004 and Ohio's 2nd District last year. He wants Smith to drop out of the GOP Senate primary, which would give him a solo shot at Mike DeWine. ... Smith, who is en route to the Lake County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner tonight, confirmed during a cell-phone conversation that he ran in Tennessee in 2004. He said he never appeared on the ballot in Utah in 2002, but did flirt with running for Congress in that state."
Smith defends against the charge by saying that he has simply moved around the country a lot because of job transfers. Pierce claims that he is not "slinging mud," but just pointing out that Smith has lived in Ohio for only a year.


At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that this is a sign of Pierce being seriouly concerned with the Smith campaign. Why call out that "its not mudslinging" - because it is...


At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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