Liberal Mike DeWine Runs for Attorney General
It is no secret in Ohio political circles that Mike DeWine wants back into Ohio politics. He was swept out of the United States Senate, defeated by current Senator Sherrod Brown, and there have been whispers dating back to 2006 that DeWine wanted to run for Governor.
Gun groups are rightfully outraged over his announcement, considering he has an “F” rating from the National Riffle Association and Gun Owners for America while proudly accepting the endorsement of the anti-gun Brady Campaign. He supported a national database of ballistic fingerprints to treat gun owners like presumed criminals, co-sponsored a so-called “assault weapons” ban, and was only 1 of 2 Republican senators in 2005 to block frivolous lawsuits holding gun manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of their products. (The other Senator was liberal Lincoln Chafee from RI, who has since left the Republican Party.) Human Events magazine also listed him as one of the top 10 anti-gun Senators.
DeWine also supported Ted Kennedy’s minimum wage hike, joined Sherrod Brown in opposing US companies from buying cheap foreign steel, and repeatedly opposed legislation to drill for oil in Alaska. And he was part on the infamous “Gang of 14″, where compromises where made with Democrats and kept brilliant conservative judges like Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada off of the bench.
Also, as a supposed Catholic, DeWine joined forces in 2004 with Ohio’s sodomite lobby to oppose Ohio’s marriage amendment which was passed with an overwhelming 62% of the vote and probably saved President Bush’s re-election campaign.
But is it really so unbelievable that the Ohio GOP establishment would run DeWine as their AG candidate? This, after all the same party run by another DeWine (Kevin), who famously threw conservatives under the bus within days of taking over the diminished state party, in hopes of appeasing the liberal media.
Chad Baus sums up the situation perfectly:
Let’s be clear about one thing. Even with party support, Mike DeWine is destined for the same fate Jeanette Bradley and Betty Montgomery suffered in 2006.
The most likely scenario is that he will lose in the primary, leaving the party and media “experts” to once again wonder how a little-known candidate like Prosecutor Yost beat a former U.S. Senator.
If DeWine somehow defeats [David] Yost in the primary, he will find himself facing a pro-gun Democrat, incumbent Richard Cordray, come November.
Either way, DeWine will go back into the political dust bin with the last two well-known anti-gun Republican candidates.
Even while serving as US Senator, atleast 3 county GOP parties endorsed long-shot conservative candidates to protest DeWine’s squishy liberal tendencies. And even though DeWine will raise plenty of money from Alex Arshinkoff and friends, he would certainly be the underdog in a primary battle against conservative challenger in Dave Yost. So the question remains: Does DeWine really want to embarrass himself in another electoral defeat, only to leave the party’s candidate at a greater disadvantage against the well-financed Rich Cordray?