Arshinkoff & Seth Morgan
Kyle Sisk’s anonymous blog-gal has a lot to say about the November elections, and this paragraph mentions something I was wondering about in the AG race:
5. Yes law firms will be forced to consider hedging their bets, but one thing that will prevent many of them from doing so is the Alex factor. Many law firms know that even if they support (Mike) DeWine and DeWine wins the AG work will be controlled by Alex Arshinkoff, so it may not matter anyway. And why do you call out Roetzel and Lee Smith? You made a lot of money off Roetzel and Lee Smith during your time raising money for Montgomery and Petro. Bad karma to throw them under the bus.
I don’t know enough about Summit County politics to comment on Chairman Arshinkoff, except to say he is a tough party boss and he has a long-time relationship with Mike DeWine, just like he has with Mary Taylor. There is no doubt he would have influence in a Mike DeWine AG office when it comes to what law firms work for the office.
But, those TEA partiers supporting Seth Morgan should think about is his campaign launch announcement on Jan. 21 when he proudly noted that Alex is (was?) a strong supporter of his candidacy. I was surprised no one asked him about it during the Q&A, but reporters are lazy and it was early.
In this situation, the concern about Mike DeWine is the same for Seth Morgan.
I don’t say any of this to disparage Rep. Morgan, Auditor Taylor, or anyone else in the slightest. In fact, it probably isn’t a terrible idea to have a strong party leader like Alex on your side. But I want to politely explain to causal TEA partier that every politician engages in “politics as usual” on some level or another.