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OH-15: Steve Stivers and the 17th Amendment

April 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

In a fundraising email, Mary Jo Kilroy would like you to know that not only was there NOT a 50 foot sign for Stivers at a TEA Party event, but Stivers opposes voting! Oh my:

The Ohio primary is in four days and there’s a big race to see who our next US Senator will be.

Steve Stivers thinks you shouldn’t have a say.
At first I thought it was a bad joke. But here it is in black and white:

Stivers Survey Clipping
That’s from a survey that career banking lobbyist Steve Stivers filled out for a group of local Tea Party activists, the same ones he tried to deceive with his doctored-up mailer last week.

Steve the lobbyist said he wants to repeal the 17th Amendment, taking away your right to vote for your senators. It might be funny if it weren’t so offensive.

With just days left before the primary, it’s time to remind Steve how democracy works.

Sign the petition telling Steve Stivers we won’t give up our vote.

Our district deserves a representative who will stand up for the people, not the special interests. And a man who doesn’t want you to have the right to vote doesn’t deserve yours.

Thanks,

Josh Levin
Campaign Manager
Kilroy for Congress

This is beyond silly. The 17th Amendment was one of those unfortunate progressive era Amendments, and it allows for the direct election of senators.

Prior to 1914, Senators were selected by elected representatives in the state legislature. This was an exercise in Federalism. Our brilliant founders arranged this as a check-and-balance between the state and federal government and perhaps curb the growth of the Federal Government. And under that system America had fantastic leadership in the Senate, such as the Great Triumvirate: Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and John Calhoun.

Since it’s passage, the role of states have been greatly reduced. And Mary Jo Kilroy, a former organizer for the Socialist Party, thinks that’s just swell.

I can’t imagine a Congressman Stivers would ever get a chance to give input on the future on the 17th Amendment (especially if redistricting eliminates the 15th District and he has no seat to run for in 2 years!).

This shows that Steve, who has a less-than-conservative record in the legislature, is trying hard to campaign on a smaller government platform. And Kilroy is doing a fantastic job advertising it for him.

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  • Tom
    Uh, Matt, might want to update this
    http://blog.dispatch.com/dailybriefing/2010/04/...
  • ha ha ha!
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