This Is Apparently the Week to Get Endorsed by Ken Blackwell…
After endorsing Dave Yost on Wednesday, Ken Blackwell endorses Bob Gibbs for Congress today:
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell today announced his endorsement of Bob Gibbs in his bid to unseat Zack Space in Ohio’s 18th Congressional District.
“In Washington, Bob Gibbs will fight against wasteful spending and stand up for our conservative values,” Blackwell said. “Throughout his public career, Bob has been a staunch defender of the unborn, second amendment rights and fiscally conservative solutions. He has consistently walked the conservative talk. And I proudly support his candidacy for Congress.”
Gibbs co-authored the legislation reducing Ohio’s personal income tax rates by 21%, the largest tax cut in Ohio history. He also introduced a measure in the Ohio Senate to urge Congress to stop the “Card Check” legislation, the unfair measure of eliminating the secret ballot for employees wishing to recognize an Employees Union.
“Voters in the 18th District have had it with Zack Space,” said Gibbs. “The question now is who we will pit against him in the general election. I’m the candidate who can draw the strongest contrast to Space, because I’m not just talking about what I will do – I have a record of what I have done to reduce the tax burden on Ohio families, and fighting for the conservative cause.”
Gibbs is also endorsed by Ohio House Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, Ohio Congressman John Boehner, and dozens of other conservative legislators, local elected officials, and Republican Party Leaders.
I think Ken Blackwell’s endorsement matters a lot in the conservative movement. Blackwell rarely endorses, but was willing to stick his neck out this week for two conservative Ohio candidates.
BUT, not only was that income tax reduction just retroactively rolled-back by Gov. Strickland, Team Gibbs sounds almost as off message as Jon Husted by implying how principled the GOP was when they controlled the Ohio House and Bob Taft was in office. Ken Blackwell may have a few things to say about that…