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Jennifer Brunner Gives Lee Fisher The Cold Shoulder, Campaigns in North Carolina

June 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From David Catanese in The Politico:

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who lost last month’s Democratic Senate primary to Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, crossed state lines Thursday to endorse another Democratic woman running for Senate in the face of a skeptical Washington establishment.

Brunner hasn’t yet signaled her support for Fisher in the general election, but she is backing North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who’s competing in a June 22 runoff against Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee-favored candidate Cal Cunningham, a former state senator.

“Like me, she was told to stay out of her state’s U.S. Senate race,” Brunner wrote in a fundraising e-mail for Marshall. “Like me, she didn’t look back.”

Reviving some of the themes of her own campaign, Brunner said Marshall’s “a fighter and doesn’t back down,” adding that she’s “not afraid to stand up for issues specific to moving women ahead.”

During the primary, when Brunner was asked how much she would support Lee Fisher, she answered by forming a zero with her hand. Apparently, she wasn’t kidding.

I wonder if Brunner tried to sell Marshall an ugly gray school bus?

Jennifer Brunner: A Team Player

May 4th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From The Dayton Daily News:

[I]f she loses Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner won’t be telling Democrats to vote for the party nominee in November. Asked by a Dayton Daily News reporter last week how much she would work for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher if he wins and she loses, Brunner held up her hand and formed a zero.

Such a shame… Not only is she a true progressive ACORN-loving kook, she appears to have a better pitching motion than Mayor Mallory OR President Obama:

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Lee Fisher Leading Brunner, 41% to 24%

April 28th, 2010 Matt Comments off

I guess Rick will have to find a new business model, now that he can’t count on his sugar momma for business for his lawfirm. Quinnipiac has the devistating news here.

This song is dedicated to Jennifer Brunner. We hardly knew ye:

DSCC Worried about Jennifer Bunner and Her Ugly Bus

April 27th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Erin McPike in the National Journal:

Two sources say the DSCC has been calling around to Ohio TV stations asking for air time in advance of the May 4 primary between Sec/State Jennifer Brunner and LG Lee Fisher.

According to Brunner, who spoke with Hotline OnCall late last year, DSCC Chair Bob Menendez told her he would spend money against a primary candidate with little campaign cash. Menendez has not been shy about his support for Fisher over Brunner.

Fisher has an ad airing in some OH markets but is running low on cash. While favored, he’s still running neck-and-neck with Brunner, who’s kept the contest more competitive than Beltway strategists would like.

While Brunner does not have backing from EMILY’s List, she’s campaigning heavily on OH’s history of never electing a woman to a SEN or GOV seat, hoping to rally the support of female voters. But Fisher’s team believes the establishment — both inside OH and in DC — will rally to his cause and help put him over the top. It appears that at least the latter may come to fruition.

Democrats are scared to death of a candidate who can’t even afford to run TV ads, and are ready to push hard these last few days to someone who once LOST TO GOVERNOR BOB TAFT.

Jennifer Brunner Has the Courage of Crazy Horse

April 22nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

Brunner is a strong supporter of the women’s movement… Especially when they want to rub their tits in the faces of businessmen:

In 1989, the state of Ohio refused to renew the liquor license of a Cleveland-area show bar called the Crazy Horse Saloon, citing 13 liquor-law violations in the previous four years—inappropriate patron-touching among them. The bar’s owners tried to appeal, but a Cleveland city councilman led a precinct-wide petition drive to put the decision in voters’ hands.

The moral crusade was temporarily successful when residents voted to revoke Crazy Horse’s permit. But a savvy attorney was able to get the law overturned after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a liquor license was property and not something that could be taken away by voters.

That attorney was Jennifer Brunner, Ohio’s Secretary of State, who’s now running for the U.S. Senate. Brunner is locked in a close primary battle against fellow Democrat and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher for the right to take on Republican nominee Rob Portman for George Voinovich’s vacated Senate seat.

Read the rest here.

Jennifer defends herself by saying she was starting her own business and had 3 young children to defend at the time… But thankfully her fiscal situation didn’t mean she was the one sliding down the poll and giving lap dances.

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Jennifer Brunner, Ohio’s Chief Election Official, Doesn’t Follow Election Laws

April 22nd, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Stephen Koff in the Plain Dealer:

Jennifer Brunner, the U.S. Senate candidate whose day job is to make sure that Ohio elections run smoothly and lawfully, is not following a requirement of federal election law in her own campaign — or so it appears based on a review of her campaign finance reports as well as Federal Election Commission guidelines.

The Ohio secretary of state, running in the May 4 Democratic primary for Senate against Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, has consistently failed to list the identities and itemize the salaries of all her campaign staffers, as required by law.
Instead, she files quarterly FEC campaign finance reports that itemize every stipend to each of her interns. She then lumps the salaries of her top staffers into a payment she makes regularly to a paycheck-processing company, PayChex. During the first three months of this year, the Jennifer Brunner Committee paid $37,081.61 to PayChex, according to an itemization from Brunner’s latest FEC report.

Nowhere does the report say that this covers the salaries of campaign manager David Dettman, operations manager Mary Woods and scheduler Mallory Mitchell — information known only because Dettman told The Plain Dealer when it asked today. Dettman volunteered to the newspaper that he is paid $6,000 a month and Woods and Mitchell each get $3,000.

The FEC says that is precisely the kind of information it wants the disclosure reports to include.

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Jennifer Brunner Announces She Won’t Run TV Ads

April 21st, 2010 Matt View Comments

And encourages her supporters to write letters to the editor. She even includes handy talking points!

Here is her latest email to supporters. Is she right about TV ads?

Dear Matt,

Televising our way to victory is not the way to win campaigns anymore. You can watch a TV ad, and it might look nice, sound good and leave you with a decent feeling about someone, but you don’t really trust what you see.

When President Obama changed the course of political campaigns in 2008, I became excited about the future of political participation. The diversity of people who were involved in his campaign for the first time in their lives boded well for the future of our government. These enthusiastic campaign workers would become tomorrow’s candidates and elected leaders. I thought, finally, our government would start to look more like us–with more people of a variety of ages, races, nationalities, gender and orientation stepping up to lead–because they believed they could. I want to fuel that belief, and I believe you do, too.

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Jennifer Brunner is “Running on Empty” & Lee Fisher is a “Loser”

April 21st, 2010 Matt Comments off

(For those of you keeping score at home, Jackson Browne was also the musician playing in the background while a shirtless Lee Fisher was working late as his son videotaped him for a stupid documentary. If you knew that, give yourself a gold star for excellence.)

From The Politico:

Brunner Running on Empty

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner announced raising just $144,000 for her Senate campaign in the first three months of the year and ending the quarter with $79,000 in the bank. That compares with a $550,000 quarter and $1.8 million on hand for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who has held a small advantage in recent Democratic primary polling. That means that the last two weeks of the primary campaign — the election is on May 4 — pit a candidate with a clear fan base and little money (Brunner) against a candidate with superior resources and a less obvious core constituency (Fisher).

However, Lee Fisher and his TV ad comb-over are still losers:

Despite his money advantage, Politico put Fisher in the “loser” category on its national list of first-quarter fundraising winners and losers, suggesting that he should have raised more, given the backing of Gov. Ted Strickland and others.

“Democratic strategists believe his weak showing could give Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who has also struggled to raise money, new life and an outside shot at winning the Democratic Senate nomination,” Politico said.

And Lee should have reason to be worried. Not only do women tend to do slightly better than men on the ballot, Democrat activists are almost all support Brunner’s staunch progressivism, since she is far more exciting than a candidate tainted with Cuyahoga County Democrat corruption.

Fisher is a known commodity and and Republicans know how to beat him- He even lost a race to former Gov. Bob Taft. Regardless of fundraising totals, I don’t think it’s any secret that Brunner, in a general election, would be a much stronger candidate.

I truly wish Brunner would respond to Fisher’s TV ad, as not only is Ohio’s Job Czar talking about job creation (unemployment DOUBLED on his watch) but he talks about his work at a non-profit… a “charity” which paid him approximately $400,000/year plus expenses. Instead of buying the Sean Hannity-sounding “Courage Express” bus, why not run an ad on MSNBC and public radio? The liberal Ohio media would certainly promote the ad for free, and then this might actually look like a REAL primary battle.

Come on Jennifer. You punch like a girl. You can do better!

Please Stop Quoting Herb Asher Just as a “Political Scientist”

April 21st, 2010 Matt Comments off

From the Wall Street Journal:

Polls suggest they have a chance, even amid a national political climate that favors Republicans. With Republican Sen. George Voinovich retiring, members of President Barack Obama’s party are hopeful that Democrats can triumph in at least one toss-up state in the midterm elections.

“Regardless of who the Democratic nominee is, the November election will be a competitive one,” says Herb Asher, a political scientist at Ohio State University.[...]

“One of the challenges is how [Portman] presents himself to the electorate,” Asher says.

Just 22% of respondents to a recent Pew Research Center survey said they can trust the government in Washington most of the time or almost always; among the lowest measures in 50 years.

Portman will be able to point to the fact that it’s Democrats like Fisher or Brunner who control Congress and the White House. He stepped down as OMB director in 2007 and he hasn’t been a congressman since 2005. And he’s hard at work painting his Democratic challengers as would-be accomplices for what he calls “Washington’s failed policies.”

“Ohio continues to fall behind, but Washington refuses to provide meaningful help,” Portman said in a statement last week, after Ohio’s unemployment rate was reported to rise to 11%. “More than 650,000 Ohioans are out of work, and yet Congress continues to pursue a job-killing tax-and-spend agenda. Both Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State [Brunner] willingly support that agenda and will be a rubber stamp for Washington’s failed policies.”

With a little more than six months to go before the general election, both the eventual Democratic nominee and Portman have plenty of time to make their cases. The jobs picture could improve, making Democrats look better. But with Democrats competitive in Ohio even with soaring unemployment, the Buckeye State may buck the trend.

Says OSU’s Asher: “Ohio might be one of those rare states where there’s a chance for a pick-up.”

I really enjoyed Professor Asher’s classes at The OSU, but it’s very unfair to not mention he is a long-time Democrat operative. He was the author of the 2005 failed “Reform Ohio Now” ballot issue to redefine how districts are drawn in Ohio, and is a staunch partisan.Too many professors are quite liberal, but Asher takes an extra step with his involvement and it deserves to always be mentioned.

Jennifer Brunner, Domestic Terrorist?

April 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

I’m not sure what Jennifer is trying to tell us here, but I think 82 Senators should probably start wearing a cup.

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Jon Husted Takes on Jennifer Brunner’s Voter Suppression

March 29th, 2010 Matt Comments off

There is so much that annoys me about Secretary of State Jon Husted. But his campaign’s press release hits on an important issue that was dropped by Secretary Brunner’s office on Friday in hopes of reducing media fallout:

HUSTED RESPONDS TO 11th HOUR DIRECTIVE FROM SECRETARY OF STATE

Columbus, OH-State Senator Jon Husted (R-Kettering) issued the following statement today in response to a directive issued by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner late last week:

“Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has regrettably once again issued an 11th hour directive that misapplies the law, creates voter confusion and will disenfranchise thousands of Ohio voters.

“I call on Secretary Brunner to immediately rescind this directive that has no basis in law.

“With absentee voting to start on Tuesday, this last-minute directive will cost boards of elections both time and money and wrongly deny voters of both major political parties the right to have their voice heard in this primary election.

“In the case of a close election, it will no doubt serve as a basis for expensive litigation challenging the results of the election. It may unnecessarily lead to the kind of post-election chaos that undermines confidence in our elections.

“This action adds unnecessary bureaucracy and confusion to voting and undermines our local elections officials. Ohio’s Secretary of State should fight for the vote of all qualified electors and eliminate barriers to the operation of honest and fair elections.”

For the record:
According to Directive 2010-44, Ohio voters who want to switch political parties in the May 4 primary must be challenged and required to sign a form 10-Z saying they support a party’s principles. According to Brunner, these voters must complete the 10-Z form and return it in the return envelope and not the Identification Envelope or the Ballot Envelope for their vote to be counted. Under this directive, even voters who complete the form but mistakenly enclose it inside the Identification Envelope will have their votes discarded. There is nothing in state law that grants the Secretary of State this authority, nor is there any basis in law to disqualify a voter for failing to meet this arbitrary standard.

Further, the action recently taken by the Secretary of State against thousands of otherwise qualified and legitimately registered voters is contrary to her own standard established during the 2008 election.

In 2008, the Secretary of State issued the following instructions to county Boards of Elections governing challenges:

Directive 2008-100: Election Judges may not challenge an absent voter’s ballot based solely upon a SWVRS mismatch.
www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/directive/2008/Dir2008-100.pdf

Directive 2008-99: Poll Workers may not challenge a voter based solely upon a SWVRS mismatch.
www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/directive/2008/Dir2008-99.pdf

Advisory 2008-25: A Board of Elections cannot uphold a challenge of right to vote against a voter solely based upon being a defendant in a foreclosure action.
www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/advisories/2008/Adv2008-25.pdf

Summary of Key Objections:
1. Equal protection – those switching from Republican to Democrat or vice versa have a higher barrier to vote than those switching from Republican or Democrat to a minor party.

2. Abuse of discretion – the Secretary of State does not have the authority to set a higher standard for counting an absentee ballot than the standard established by state law (Directive 2010-44 instructs if the absent voter doesn’t return the challenge form or encloses the challenge form in the ID envelope the ballot may not be counted).

3. The law is clear that the determination to challenge or not lies solely with the election judges – not the Secretary of State or the county Board of Elections – and the government violates the law when it instructs election judges to challenge voters solely on the basis of previous party affiliation.

When I first saw Jennifer’s directive on Friday, my first thought was how terrible this is for my fellow Rush Limbaugh fans if they participated in “Operation Chaos” and voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Ohio primary.

But as we saw with the Steve Christopher for Attorney General campaign, Jennifer Brunner doesn’t care much for Republican voters anyway.

I guess since ACORN was booted out of Ohio for their criminal acititives, Brunner has to pick up their slack.

Maybe Republicans would have better luck registering their address as a local park bench?

In Brunner vs. Christopher, Someone is Lying

March 26th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Now that Steve Christopher stopped legal challenges because he couldn’t possibly end up on the ballot, the American Spectator picks up on the story.

Steve Christopher on the Matt Patrick Show (WTAM 1100AM, Cleveland)

March 14th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Last night, Attorney General Steve Christopher was on the Matt Patrick show on WTAM to explain just how badly it appears Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner screwed up his petitions.

Click here to listen.

Steve Christopher Continues Legal Challenge- Jennifer Brunner Looks Increasingly Ridiculous

March 13th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Steve Christopher for Attorney General Campaign:

As of today, March 12, 2010, Steve Christopher has given his attorney, David Langdon of Cincinnati, photocopies of all of the petitions that were filed with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s office on February 18. Langdon attempted to work with the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to find a resolution to the lost or misplaced petitions. It was Christopher’s intent to have these petitions sent to the proper county Boards of Elections so that the signatures on the petitions could be properly validated.

A fair and equitable agreement could not be reached with the Secretary of State’s Office. Steve Christopher has authorized Langdon to proceed with court action to secure his rightful position on the May Republican primary ballot. Due to the extremely restrictive time restraints regarding election laws, Christopher has no further time to wait for a resolution. Langdon has filed a complaint for writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court on Christopher’s behalf.

And Dennis Willard has a good column on it today in the Akron Beacon Urinal:

Jeff Ortega, a spokesman for Brunner, said the office does not count or check the signatures because that responsibility falls on the local boards.

”Nothing was lost. Nothing was misplaced. Everything was handled according to a proper chain of custody and we can prove it,” Ortega said.

He said an employee asked Christopher how many signatures were collected and, after hesitating, Christopher said ”2,750” and that was the number written down.

Ortega said the 788 total signatures were sent out to be checked and the local election boards reported back to Brunner that Christopher had collected 638 valid signatures and 166 invalid signatures.

Ahem, that’s 804 total signatures. Ortega said he would check on those figures and he responded via e-mail.

Ortega emphasized the focus is on valid signatures.

”Those numbers were double-checked by our office. The number of valid signatures is what is reflected in the letter notifying candidates whether they are or are not on the ballot,” he wrote.

But the numbers don’t add up.

”There may be some discrepancies in some of the numbers sent to us by the counties, but these are minor calculating errors that will be addressed via amended work sheets that counties will submit in the near future,” Ortega wrote.

He noted that ”Medina County reported 96 valid signatures, 18 invalid, adding up to 104. It should have been 96 valid, 8 invalid, which does add up to 104. One other county, Hardin, reported 101 valid, 6 invalid, but added it up as 101. Of course, it should have been 107.”

Of course. Why didn’t I see that in the first place?

”Again, these are minor discrepancies that do not affect the number of valid signatures,” Ortega wrote.[...]

By the end of the day, Christopher did what any self-respecting attorney always does. He sued Brunner.

Rankin succinctly pinpointed the situation now.

”The numerous allegations made by Mr. Christopher and his supporters must now be proved in a court of law, where the party bringing the charges bears the burden to prove them,” Rankin noted.

In other words, this is no longer a ”he said, she said” debate.

Christopher is going to have to prove he was bumped from the ballot either through omission or commission in Brunner’s office.

For Christopher, this is the chance of a political lifetime. By winning, he can show he was wronged and demonstrate he has the skills, an abundance of skills needed, to actually be attorney general.

Relevant documents documents can be found below the fold:

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Steve Christopher Fights Back Against Jennifer Brunner’s Massive Screw-Up

March 12th, 2010 Matt Comments off

And he hired a prominent conservative lawyer to make sure she does her job:

Attorney David R. Langdon, representing Christopher, said he has sent Brunner’s office copies of the 140 part-petitions that he says were not sent to county boards and is asking Brunner to forward them.

If Brunner doesn’t respond or refuses to act, Langdon said he will file a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court today seeking an order to force Brunner to send the part-petitions to the counties and to have the counties put Christopher’s name on the ballot in case Christopher is later certified.

Brunner’s office is reviewing what Langdon submitted today, spokesman Kevin Kidder said. But he said the office still stands by its contention that Christopher turned in only 104 part-petitions.

There are more than enough signatures and personal accounts of signature collectors to completely demolish anything Brunner’s office can say. And no matter if this situation is corrected, we already see that Ohio has an incompetent Secretary of State.

Steve Christopher Update- Confirmation of the Excel File & Personal Reports from Signature Collectors

March 10th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Things only get worse for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, as there is no way for them to definitely prove they didn’t receive extra signatures. This is from the Steve Christopher for Attorney General campaign:

Yesterday, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a press release entitled, “SECRETARY BRUNNER RESPONDS TO UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS.” In this release, Secretary Brunner stated that she did not know why Steve Christopher would not contact her office. In fact, a representative for the Christopher campaign did visit the Secretary of State’s office on Monday regarding this situation. In this meeting, it was reiterated by Secretary of State personnel that the 788-signature count would stand. Election laws are very specific and if Christopher would have waited for a resolution, he would have lost his legal recourse to be placed on the ballot. Christopher retained legal representation to ensure his right to be on the ballot. Christopher’s legal counsel is attempting to arrange a meeting with the Secretary of State’s office, and will discuss the issue of the campaign’s copies of its petitions.

Secretary Brunner states, in this same press release, that the number of signatures purported on the receipt is given by the candidate. The number of signatures on the receipt given to Christopher was filled out by a Secretary of State employee. The employee accepting these petitions does this for a living and could easily detect a discrepancy of almost 2,000 signatures, merely by size of the stack of paper.

Today we obtained an Excel spreadsheet file that was created and distributed by the Secretary of State’s office to all 88 Ohio county Boards of Elections. This spreadsheet was created on February 18th at 5:51 PM, over five hours after Steve’s petition submittal. We can produce this document upon request, pending the approval of the campaign’s attorney.

It sounds like total incompetence at the Secretary of State’s office, which is backed up by reports from those who personally went around their neighborhoods collecting signatures…

First, from Phil Herzing in Dayton:

I see that a narrative has developed: Steve Christopher is crazy. He can’t count, and wasted all his time going to the Sec. of State’s office to turn in a pile of signatures that he ought to have known was inadequate. Except that I called the S.o.S. office myself to inquire after the location of the signatures I myself gathered (about 90). Montgomery County Board of Elections only received 4 (you read right: FOUR) for validation. A nice young lady named Alison in the Brunner’s office claims that the candidate never turned them in.

Fair enough, I said to her. “Suppose in a couple years I want to run for some office, and I have to turn in my nominating petitions in the Secretary of State’s office, like Christopher did last month. What process do I have to follow to ensure that I don’t end up in the same boat that he’s in now, holding a receipt for 2750 submitted signatures, but being subsequently told that I only turned in 788?”

(A Their word against mine. More precisely, their word on Feb 18th versus their word now!)

“What procedure does your office have in place to prevent discrepancies like this?”

The answer I got: “We don’t have one.”

“In other words, the receipt you give out is worthless. Is that what you’re telling me now?”

Silence.

So, in the absence of any verifiable proof that Brunner’s office is telling me the truth, I guess I’m free to believe whom I choose. Since I gathered nearly 100 signatures myself, I choose to believe that the Candidate turned them in. Why shouldn’t I?

And this is from Thea Shoemake, Vice Chair of the Clermont County GOP Central Committee:

On Wednesday, February 17, Steve Christopher spoke to the Clermont County Central Committee in Batavia.  He was very well-received.  In addition to the signatures I procured for him in Clermont, a few other people who had been circulating his petitions here as well as in neighboring counties, came to the meeting that night to hand-deliver them to Steve.  I’m estimating that he had – from that stop alone – approx. 300 signatures from Clermont, Warren & Hamilton counties (combined).  It was my understanding that Steve was going to drive to Columbus after the meeting – petitions in hand – and would file the next day.  Somewhere between then and March 5th, those signatures ceased to exist, including my own and other committee members’ (which I know are valid).

Here is the information that I have confirmed with our county Board of Elections:

1.      The SoS’s office sent out a worksheet of estimated signatures from all candidates, parties & races (ours reads 2,750 for Christopher).

2.      The next step in the process dictates that the SoS then sends the candidates’ petitions back to the respective county BoE’s for validation.

a.       Attached is the Directive sent by the SoS regarding Steve Christopher’s petitions. Near the end it reads:

§  “Please return the original completed certification form and part petitions to this office by a trackable method; e.g., in person or by certified U.S. Mail, U.S. Post Office Express Mail, UPS, or Fed EX.”

b.      But according to our BoE, none were ever received from the SoS office.  So where are those Clermont petitions?  Where are the others?  This isn’t about the validity of the signatures, it’s about signatures that never made it back to the counties for validation.

While we could speculate ad nauseam about other scenarios and their suppositional motives, at the end of the day, the issue at hand is that many Ohioans just got “lost in transmission,” and it is in the best interest of everyone involved to get definitive answers and an acceptable resolution.

Best,
Thea Shoemake

And from Kimberly Fletcher, President and Founder of Homemakers for America, in Dayton:

I would be happy to comment on this issue.

I opened my home for an entire day during those huge snow days and despite the terrible weather I had 65 people file in my house apologizing all the way for tramping through my living room wet snow covered boots. And I just looked at them and said with a big smile, “You just bring those patriotic, snow covered boots right in her and sign. This is much important than a floor or carpet.”

I collected signatures at church, community events, door to door for a week in the snow. My friend Phil and I organized signing parties. He took south Dayton and I took north. I had all the petitions and I needed to get them to him but I was heading to Cleveland for a speaking engagement (where I also collected signatures) so we coordinated a drop site. I told him I would just drive down I 75 find a good place and leave the envelope and then let him know where to pick it up. I found an old abandoned building just off the Main St exit downtown Dayton. He picked them up that afternoon and started gathering signatures. He had over 100 people meet him at Starbucks to sign petitions. It was like this over the state.

Once we had our petitions done we organized drop sites for Steve to pick them up. I took all my petitions and the ones people collected from north Dayton to Miami county where there several more waiting. Others dropped theirs at the south drop point. The Steve drove through and picked them up. It was amazing. Because of all our efforts we collected over 2000 signatures in four days. Steve already had 800 he had already had turned in to him. This is the power of the people in action. Ms. Brunner and ever corrupt politician out there should be shaking in their boots. We the people are rising up and in America the people rule. Ms. Brunner might want to remind herself of that. We are her boss. And the boss is not happy with her performance.

And this is just the surface of dedicated conservative activists who worked hard to collect signatures, but somehow Secretary of State Brunner’s office lost them. But with at least 2000 of the signatures photocopied and in the hands of Steve Christopher, he has a strong legal case to make here.

Stay tuned for more details!

An Update on the Christopher/Brunner Issue

March 10th, 2010 Matt Comments off

As an update to my post from this morning, I have it from unimpeachable sources that  the Sec of State’s office sent a spreadsheet to all the county BoE’s listing how many signatures were submitted by each statewide candidate. Under Steve Christopher’s name, the number was listed as 2,750—which matches the receipt Steve got the day he filed.

It’s a shame that Christopher doesn’t have the extra 734 signatures which the campaign received at the last minute. But the numbers don’t match anyway.

Brian Shinn and others in Secretary Jennifer Brunner’s office should be updating their resumes now. Heads are about to roll…

NTU & CAGW Speak Fondly of Rob Portman

March 10th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Encouraging background information from David Wolfford in the print edition of the Weekly Standard:

[Rob Portman] rode the ’94 GOP wave back for a full term and won five more, typically with 70 percent of the vote. Portman was popular in Washington, too. His proudest moments in his 12 years in the House, he said, were “when we passed the balanced budget agreement and the welfare reform bill.” Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayer’s Union recalls Portman’s leadership on the IRS restructuring of 1998. “He set a professional work environment that rose above partisanship and ultimately gave taxpayers more rights.”

In 2005, George W. Bush named Portman U.S. trade representative, then later budget director. In his year at the Office of Management and Budget, Portman fought to contain spending and earned the sobriquet “Dr. No.” He also pushed for a revised line-item veto bill that would stand constitutional muster, and after consulting with taxpayer groups he established an online listing of earmarks. “He was extremely interested in engaging us and others,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, confirmed that Portman’s efforts “moved earmarks out of the shadows.”

It Appears that with Christopher’s Petitions, Jennifer Brunner Screwed the Pooch

March 10th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Over the weekend, I made fun of a few kook suggestions that Board of Election’s purposefully ruined Ohio AG candidate Steve Christopher’s petitions. But ever since, the buzz has been that there was a good old fashion example of incompetence, and as more details come out- Secretary of State Brunner is looking worse.

From James Nash in The Dispatch:

Nearly 2,000 petition signatures simply vanished in the hands of Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a man whom Brunner disqualified from the May ballot for attorney general alleged yesterday.

Kenton lawyer Steve Christopher, a conservative Republican who had sought Ohio’s top legal job, was one of five candidates Brunner scrubbed from the ballot Friday for failing to turn in 1,000 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters.

While three have accepted Brunner’s judgment, Christopher and a U.S. Senate hopeful are accusing the state’s chief elections official of bungling the signature-verification process. The would-be Senate candidate, Traci “TJ” Johnson, had hoped to run in the Democratic primary in which Brunner is a candidate.

While Johnson is alleging a conflict of interest on Brunner’s part, Christopher’s charges are even more explosive. In effect, the lawyer says the secretary of state simply lost petition forms containing 1,962 signatures. His campaign says it turned in 2,750 signatures in all.[...]

Brunner’s office said the phantom signatures never existed.

The secretary of state said Christopher’s campaign submitted 788 signatures, of which 638 were deemed valid by county boards of elections. The candidate turned in 104 part-petitions, with 27 lines available for signatures on each part-petition, so the maximum number of signatures is 2,808, Brunner’s office said.[...]

Christopher’s wife, Jill, said the campaign has copies of about 2,000 signatures that it submitted to Brunner’s office. The campaign doesn’t have records of the 750 others because they were collected in the final hours before they were submitted Feb. 18, she said.

The problem here is, why would Secretary Brunner even bother to check the names at all, if there weren’t at least the minimum requirement of 1000? I think the very fact that she is looking is proof that her office thinks they screwed up.

Below is Brunner’s receipt showing that he filed approximately 2750 signatures… along with his “disqualification letter.”

And below that is the “worklogs,” showing how many signatures and petitions were sent out from Brunner’s office to various counties. The problem here is that they do not match with reality at all. TEA party activists swear that the number of reported circulators in many counties are far too low.

Steve Christopher Receipt for 2750 Sigs

Steve Christopher Sec of State Worklog

Brunner’s office messed up, and is too busy running a partisan office with allowing the homeless to register at park benches and working on behalf of gambling interests…. and not to mention running for the US Senate…. to do the job she was elected to do. Brunner is am embarrassment and I’m glad Christopher isn’t backing down.

If any Christopher petition gatherers want to tell their story and dispute these numbers, please send me an email.

Update: Bill Hershey reports in the Dayton Daily’s political blog:

Christopher’s campaign has said he has copies of a majority but not all of the petitions he submitted to Brunner’s office.

Meanwhile, Phil Herzing of Washington Township said that he gathered about 100 signatures on his own for Christopher’s campaign, most of which came from Montgomery County. Some came from Warren and Greene counties. Including the 100 he gathered himself, he and acquaintances gathered about 400 signatures from Montgomery, Greene, Miami and neighboring counties.

Herzing said he collected 60 signatures gathered by a woman from Mercer County. Brunner’s log showed no signatures from Mercer County.

Brunner’s office released a log that her office sent only four signatures from Montgomery County voters to the Montgomery County Board of Elections for validation and that all four were validated.

Something is rotten in the state of Ohio. And someone, such as Brian Shinn, is about to get fired.

Bad Press Day for Secretary of State Brunner

March 9th, 2010 Matt Comments off

I keep hearing that the buzz is, Jennfer Brunner completely screwed up by misplacing signatures for Attorney General candidate Steve Christopher. Grand conspiracies in government aren’t nearly as common as just plain, old fashioned incompetence. There hasn’t been more media updates about it, but this is what the Dayton Daily News reported yesterday.

And in other news, Jennybenny got slapped down for her latest efforts to try to “expose” a conservative 501c4′s group donors, even though there is no legal precedence for such organizations having to do so (Just ask Progress Ohio!).

The latest development is that Brunner can’t issue subpoenas to people who don’t live in Ohio. She is an attorney and a former judge- How does she not understand the law?

The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order yesterday putting on hold, pending a final determination, the last of the remaining subpoenas from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in a dispute about the funding behind a proposed referendum.

Last week, the court delayed enforcement of subpoenas issued to people affiliated with LetOhioVote.org, the group seeking the referendum on whether to add electronic slot machines at horse tracks, as well as to Tim Crawford, president of New Models, the Virginia-based nonprofit that was LetOhioVote.org’s sole source of funding last year.

Yesterday, the court also delayed a subpoena issued to Norm Cummings, identified as a consultant for LetOhioVote.org living in Colorado. Cummings and Crawford had argued that Brunner cannot issue subpoenas out of state.

While state government should always be transparent, here is a classic example of why private political organizations should not have to be. The purpose of Brunner’s witch hunt is a purely political one: to expose donors and make sure they feel political retribution. Basically, this means the state, on your dime, is doing the work on behalf of the gambling interest that Chris and Kim Redfern lobby for- MTR. Does no one else find this outrageous?

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