From the inbox:
GARRISON ANNOUNCES EXIT FROM SECRETARY OF STATE RACE
(Marietta, OH) State Representative Jennifer Garrison, announced today she will not seek the Democratic nomination for Ohio Secretary of State.
“I have truly enjoyed meeting Ohioans from all walks of life during the 6 month campaign. Ohio is blessed to have a diverse landscape and people. I feel thankful and humbled by the support I have received from my colleagues, labor and Ohioans.” Garrison said.
“While I have determined this is not the right time for me and my family to seek this office, my utmost hope is that the voters will challenge all Secretary of State Candidates to explain how they will increase voter participation and facilitate business growth in Ohio.”
Garrison continued by saying, “I ask the next Secretary of State to be committed to the principles of transparent and fair elections and to concentrate on increasing voter participation. House Bill 260, otherwise known as the Elections Enhancement Bill is a good start. This legislation requires automatic voter registration every time an Ohioan touches state government, whether through renewing a driver’s license or applying for state benefits. This bill goes a long way toward increasing voter participation and reducing allegations of fraud within the voter registration process. I ask both Republican and Democratic candidates to commit their support for this bill.”
Garrison does not plan to seek re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives.
It appears that the candidate will be Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy.
Ohio’s Trotskyite Coalition was upset at Garrison for supposedly holding up the vote on a law that would encourage all types of lawsuits due to perceived discrimination against homosexuals, has a rather strong record of supporting unborn babies, and agrees with Gov. Strickland on 2nd amendment freedoms.
And while Garrison had all types of positions that were not conservative, I was a fan as she is the only State Representative who sends out a frequent, detailed, frill-less email about each of her vote, no matter how minor, and explains her thinking. Apparently, I was the only one impressed.
The Republican party should welcome her on their side, as the GOP actually allows for dissent. I mean Hell, in Ohio, such as in the Attorney General’s race, we even take the guy who is closer to the party’s platform OUT of the primary.
Ohio Democrat Party Chairman and MTR lobbyist Chris Redfern, before he was married, had lots of issues with women who he would quickly grow tired of and discard. Now, when it comes to Jennifer Brunner, Jennifer Brown, Marilyn Brown and others, Redfern still is very quick to toss out women he no longer considers viable. pathetic
And, importantly, I think the fact that she is not running for reelection is a signal that Democrats are bracing to lose the House majority in November, since it would have been a difficult election anyway and the situation isn’t improved by the Democrat caucus having to scramble and find a candidate by Feb. 18. “Speaker Batchelder” has a nice sound to it, don’t you agree?
Update: Kyle raises an interesting question about what will Jennifer do with her campaign account. In a fair world, wouldn’t that money be returned to donors?
OR is she running for the Ohio Supreme Court?