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Wednesday, May 31

Gov: Progress Reported in Talks Between Strickland (D), Tubbs Jones (D) & Mayors [UPDATED]

Anxious Democrats are advised to remain patient, because progress is being made. That's the subtext of a report from Jesse Taylor, Internet Communications Director for the gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Lisbon), who writes:
"Ted had a great meeting with Stephanie and the mayors on Friday. Ted’s been meeting with them continuously, and things are progressing in the right direction."
The meeting to which he refers was described yesterday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Rep. Tubbs Jones (D-Cleveland) "met with Strickland Friday. Tubbs Jones was joined by the following black leaders, who thus far have also withheld formal endorsements: Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin, and Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams. Political consultant Arnold Pinkney also attended the meeting."
This wrangling over public endorsement of Strickland's campaign has been going on for quite a long time, leading to outbursts such as this post on Dayton Politics today. However, based on Rep. Tubbs Jones' statement that she is seeking specific commitments for the benefit of her constituents as a condition of her support, I believe that the issues being hammered out are substantive and worthy of the time spent. Whole-hearted support by Rep. Tubbs Jones and the mayors for a campaign that is fully committed to an urban agenda will ultimately benefit everyone concerned.

UPDATE: The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that "Cleveland Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will formally endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland Thursday afternoon on the steps of Cleveland City Hall." Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman is also expected to endorse Strickland, his one-time gubernatorial rival, according to the report.

2nd UPDATE: Well, they're making quite the production of it. How's Ted going to get from one event to the next in time? Who's his driver, Jeff Gordon? Here is the schedule:

WHO: Mayor Michael Coleman, Congressman Ted Strickland & Lee Fisher
WHEN: 11:00 AM
WHERE: Ohio Democratic Party Headquarters, 271 E. State St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

WHO: Mayor Rhine McLin, Congressman Ted Strickland & Lee Fisher
WHEN: 1:30 PM
WHERE: Dayton Cultural Center, 40 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45402

WHO: Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Mayor Frank Jackson, Mayor Marcia Fudge and Congressman Ted Strickland
WHEN: 4:30 PM
WHERE: Arbor Park Village, 3750 Fleming Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115


At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Mister Gloom (new e-mail addy mistergloomonpolitics@hotmail),

You and I have crossed swords on this before and, while I can see the point of these people they really don't seem to understand the situation that Ted is in. He can not be seen to cater to the usual big city Democrats that seem to be dispised by the state at large. And, outside of Columbus, they really aren't growth areas of votes. Strickland's emphasis on education (which is the likliest of his agenda to be done) does play to the advantage of the cities as a well educated population in cities helps the cities. The big problem is that the longer this drags on the more it becomes an actual problem for Strickland (Celebreeze's flip-flop on abortion may have killed his candidacy, but Michael White's dragging out the endorsement process might have done so anyways).

I'm also curious as to why Michael Mallory (Cincy Mayor) and Carty Finkbiener (Toledo Mayor) endorsed Ted while the others have not (and it isn't a racial thing as Plusquellic, who's white hasn't endorsed Strickland while Mallory, who is not, has).

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Featured news story from "Columbus for Coleman" website:

Thursday, 01 June 2006

"Mike Coleman, Urban Mayors, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Announce Support for Ted Strickland"

"(Columbus) Stating that there is a clear choice in the election of Ohio's next Governor, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman today endorsed Congressman Ted Strickland, joining his voice with leaders from across the state, including: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin, and Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge."

(for five more paragraphs go to link below)


At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Strickland Blog

Coleman Endorsement Pictures

Some images from today’s endorsement of Ted by Columbus Mayor and former gubernatorial candidate Michael Coleman:


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