Tyrone Yates Endorses Lee Fisher
From the Dayton Daily News:
State Rep. Tyrone Yates, D-Cincinnati, an early contender in the Democratic primary to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich, has backed Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the Democratic primary.
Yates, who dropped out of the race earlier this summer, called Fisher “a talented leader.”
“He’s one of the quickest minds and graspers of issues that face Ohio, maybe that I know in public service in the state,” Yates said in a conference call Tuesday, Aug. 25.
I know Rep. Yates- and he is very smart and well read. In fact, he is such a big fan of reading that on my first day on the job at the Ohio legislature, he invited me to join his new, bi-partisan employee book club. Later in the day, his legislative aide asked me for reading suggestions, but after she rejected a few titles from F.A. Hayek and William F. Buckley, I said something terrible: “Why don’t we read Karl Marx and compare it to your party’s platform?” I was a stupid 20 year old, and came VERY close to losing my job before day #2.
My other two Yates stories:
1) On his car, Yates had three smaller campaign signs standing upright, and were connected together as a triangle. They would probably spin around while driving. This was referred to as the “Yatesmobile.”
2) OSU Political Science Professor Herb Asher teaches in his Ohio politics class that Rep. Yates was 1 of 5 black legislators who were essentially bribed with projects for their districts in exchange for passing Gov. Taft’s massive tax increases. Without their help, Speaker Householder did not have enough votes.