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Kevin DeWine Hates Blogs

April 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine’s latest “Leadership Update” email:

Get the Facts

Finally, I’ve seen and heard a lot of ridiculous accusations lately about the role of the Ohio Republican Party in this primary election. Understandably, much of it is motivated by the heightened emotions of political primaries and too often spread with little to no accountability through email, blogs, and social media sites. Unfortunately, most of it is flat out false, and it’s typically generated by people who find the truth just too inconvenient for their agenda. I want you to know you can always contact my office or email me directly if you want answers to any rumor or accusation about something we’re doing. This election is too important to let “noise” distract us from the real goal of winning in November.

It is absolutely true that bloggers sometimes publish false information and have limited accountability. However, I’m trying to think about what incident that Kevin is specifically referring to?

The most obvious issue was how the Ohio GOP, which spent the last decade passing some of the largest tax increases in Ohio History, started to endorse candidates with a phony “Tea Party Values” image on their mailer. To make matters worse, they endorsed in State GOP Central Committee races without voting on such endorsements, and they are about to get nailed in front of the Ohio Elections Commission.

Did Chairman Bob Bennett ever send out mailers endorsing State Central Committee members without an actual endorsement taking place? I have reason to believe he never did… Because for all of his faults, he was smart enough to understand the rules of what constitutes an endorsement.

And another incident which I focused on was how Ohio House and Senate candidates were not being allowed to use the Ohio GOP’s bulk mail permit if they dared to support Seth Morgan in the Ohio Auditor’s race instead of ORP endorsed candidate Dave Yost. The party hides behind the fact that it’s their permit and no candidate is officially allowed to “use it” and it’s up to the party as to what mailers they will do… They make it sound as if mailers just happen without candidates even having to ask! However, the story was absolutely true,  and is only being solved now that bloggers like me made a stink about it.

Dave Yost is a staunch conservative and the party should defend him, but they should not hurt Republican efforts to win back the Ohio House legislative majority in the process.

So what is Kevin talking about? Regardless of the track record of blog “noise” in general, such outlets have been quite accurate during this 2010 primary. And just because those details are inconvenient to the state party doesn’t mean they are less true.

And, more generally, bloggers and new media should be the Ohio GOP’s friend. Unlike the dinosaur media, these are perfect outlets to get out the message of freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility… which are the same principles ORP Information Minister John McClelland claims the state party “rediscovered.”

The “agenda” Kevin alludes to is conservatism, which is a movement he seems determined to endlessly annoy.

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  5. Cuyahoga Co. GOP Activist Rachel Manias Supports Seth Morgan, Is Not Pleased with Kevin DeWine

  • Anon
    DeWine can't prove those endorsements took place...facts are stubborn things. And instead of admitting it, apologzing and moving on, he tries to cover it up with lies & attacks everyone who actually researched the facts.

    This is a repeat of just one of the dysfunctions that lead to the ORP's demise in 2006 & 2008. Who in the world actually put that guy in charge?

    Oh yeah, the State Central Committee.

    Guess I'd break the rules too if a bunch of concerned Ohioans were (for the first time in years), running against incumbents for unpaid positions that put me in charge. Or maybe I'd man-up and admit the wrong to save a little street cred for November.

    This year's formula should be: 2 + 2 = 4. Instead, the DeWine nepostism, musical chairs & back-room deals have evolved it into:

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  • Daniel Jack Williamson
    Let him name specifics. He made a blanket statement that the blogs--apparently on HIS side of the aisle, not the Democrat blogs, from the way I read it--are printing falsehoods. He has to show us the falsehoods if he expects bloggers to recant. Otherwise, bloggers will continue to post what they believe to be correct to the best of their knowledge.

    If you're a Republican leader, and you're getting more grief from the Republican blogs than the Democrat blogs, you need to shape up and get with the program.

    If the Democrats are already his enemies, why does he want to make enemies of everyone else? Does he plan to get favorable coverage from the liberal MSM? The more he tries to control the message, the more his controlling behavior sends out bad vibes.
  • Mark from WMD
    Matt, glad we can agree on this one. For all of Bennett's faults, of which there were many, it took him quite a few election cycles to become a major stumblingblock. Kevin has to be setting a new record in terms of quickest chair to be a hindrance and annoyance to the rank and file of the party as well as its own candidates. Kevin just doesn't like it that blogs have more influence than his "leadership" postings. Also, he hates it when his political calculus is predicted to be and found to be faulty by the blogs. If only there were genuine outreach on the ORP's intelligentsia (McClelland, et. al.) there wouldn't be this adversarial tone, but when all they seek to do is sweet talk you to your face and then put out emails lying to you and then press releases like this, it just shows that there is still much for them to learn.
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