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Shannon Jones and Michelle Schneider, Former German Village Roommates

April 5th, 2010 Matt View Comments

I had no idea how personal this heated primary was:

When [Sen. Shannon] Jones, a former aide to once-and-possibly-future Republican Congressman Steve Chabot, was elected state representative in her Warren County district in November 2006, [Michelle] Schneider, who represented a district that straddled Hamilton and Warren counties, invited Jones to room with her during the legislative sessions in a house Schneider owned in Columbus’ German Village.

The two lived together in Columbus when the legislature was in session for the full term, which was to be Schneider’s last under Ohio’s “eight years and out” term-limits law.

The districts of both Jones and Schneider were in the 7th Ohio Senate District, which includes all of Warren County and all of the northeast and eastern suburbs of Hamilton County.

It was a seat held by Robert Schuler, a Republican from Sycamore Township. Term limits would have prevented Schuler from running for re-election this year, and Schneider had planned to be his successor. It appeared to be inevitable in the heavily Republican district – Schneider had Schuler’s blessing, and encouragement from most of the Republican leadership in Hamilton County.

Then, last June, Schuler died after a long battle with cancer.

The approximately 330,000 people of the 7th District were left temporarily without a voice in the Ohio Senate. The Republican majority caucus had the power to make an appointment to fill out Schuler’s term.

But Schneider said that, before Schuler’s death, Jones called her to say that she planned to run for the 7th District seat in 2010.

“She knew about my plans; everybody did,” Schneider said. “She just didn’t care.”

Later, Schneider said, Jones called her to say that she probably should move out of Schneider’s house in Columbus if the two were to be political opponents.

“Yes, you probably should,” Schneider replied.

Ultimately, the the seat was given to Jones, probably because she raised $170,000 from employees of northwest Ohio Public utility First Energy Corp and its coal supplier.

But, even though the Senate leadership probably didn’t take ideology into consideration, with Shannon Jones they ended up with perhaps the most visible, fire-breathing conservative the Senate has! And Schneider was part of corrupt former Speaker Larry Householder’s “broad squad” and voted for former Gov. Bob Taft’s massive tax increases. The choice between the two should be a no brainer for Republican primary voters.

However, I wish candidates would stop promoting United Conservatives of Ohio group:

“Am I guilty of raising some taxes?” Schneider said. “Yes, I am. Do I wish I could have some of those votes back? Yes.”

She pointed to a Jones mail piece that criticizes her voting record and shows a picture of a “Watchdog of the Treasury” award Jones received from the United Conservatives of Ohio.

“I have that same award,” Schneider said. “I am and always have been a fiscal conservative.”


Ohio’s 7th Senate District: Sen. Jones vs. Michelle Schneider

January 7th, 2010 Matt View Comments

It looks like a lot of money will be spent on a safe Republican Senate seat:

State Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, and former state Rep. Michelle Schneider appear headed for a lively Republican primary battle in the 7th Senate District, which includes Warren County and parts of eastern Hamilton County.

Schneider on Wednesday, Jan. 6, took out petitions to put her name on the May 4 ballot against Jones, who was appointed to the seat last August to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert Schuler.

“I’m the only candidate who has owned and operated a business for 30 years,” said Schneider, who lives in Indian Hill in Hamilton County and also sought the appointment to fill Schuler’s seat. A former four-term Ohio House member and former mayor and council member in Madeira, Schneider is president and owner of Hillebrand Home Health and owner of Hillebrand Nursing and Rehab Center.

She criticized campaign contributions that Jones took from “interests associated with” Akron-based First Energy. Jones helped to pass major energy legislation when she was in the House in 2008.

“I’m proud of the work I did on the energy bill,” Jones responded. She said that the only “special interests” she represents “are the citizens of Hamilton and Warren counties.”

After the tragic passing of Schuler, I joined many other political observers in incorrectly assuming that Schneider would be appointed to the seat, because of her relationships and her ability to self finance her own campaign. But in the end, the seat was essentially purchased with 15 checks for $10,000 each from First Energy and their leading coal supplier. I suppose there are more polite ways to describe that, but it is still what happened.

Sen. Jones has been a reliable conservative vote, and voted against Ted Strickland’s recent 4.2% retroactive increase in state income taxes. But while Schneider has considerably more business experience, she also voted for a number of large tax increases while Gov. Taft was in office.

BUT, Sen. Jones should not be so quick to brag about the 2008 Strickland-endorsed energy bill. It was sloppy legislation and closed the door to real electricity deregulation and competition, while letting bureaucrats decide what “fair and equitable” rates for electricity are. then-Speaker Husted and others supported the legislation, as not only did local energy interests support it, but so did larger manufactures who are guaranteed below-market electricity prices. And in every end-of-the-year media interview with Gov. Strickland, he bragged about the rereg of electricity as his biggest legislative accomplishment.

No doubt this will be an expensive process- President Harris has already made the rounds to various political consulting firms telling them they will no longer do work for various other candidates if they continue to work for Schneider. Schneider now has already lent her campaign $105,000 and has $204,745 on hand, while Jones reported $250,101 on hand in the last campaign finance report.

Senator Shannon Jones… & About the 7th District, I Was Wrong

August 6th, 2009 Matt Comments off

After posting this, I have since learned how far off the rumors were.

Shannon Jones will get the senate seat after all. But I was right about money playing a big roll… Esentially, 15 checks, for $10,000 each from First Energy and their leading coal supplier purchased the seat.

The 7th Ohio Senate District

August 4th, 2009 Matt View Comments


From The Dayton Daily News reports that resumes are being accepted!

The Ohio Senate is taking applications to fill former Sen. Bob Schuler’s seat. Schuler died in June after a long bout with cancer

Sen, President Bill Harris, R-Ashland, today, Aug. 3, announced the Ohio Senate Republican caucus will accept applications to fill the 7th Senate District seat, which is comprised of Warren County and the eastern portion of Hamilton County.

State Rep. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, is one of three candidates known to be interested in the vacancy. Michelle Schneider, former Madiera mayor and state representative, and former Mt. Lookout representative Tom Brinkman Jr. have confirmed they are seeking the seat.

Interested candidates will be screened by a committee of Republican senators on Monday, Aug. 10. In addition to Sen. President Harris, the committee will be comprised of President Pro Tempore Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, Majority Floor Leader Keith Faber, R-Celina, Majority Whip Mark Wagoner, R-Toledo, Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, Sen. John Carey, R-Wellston, and Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the full Republican caucus will vote to officially seat the individual recommended by the screening committee.

The dynamics of this appointment process are fascinating. And from whispers among the State House crowd, it is clear that Shannon Jones is a non-issue, and this seat already belongs to Michelle Schneider, who is wealthy enough to fund her own campaign and will break the fundraising caps.

While looking at the names of who is on this screening committee, it is interesting to note that it was those members of the Senate Leadership - Harris, Carey, Wagoner, Faber, and Niehaus – who were also the REPUBLICAN TRAITORS who cut a deal with Gov. Strickland and ignored the will of Ohio voters by allowing Gov. Strickland to, unconstitutionally, expand gambling by executive order. In addition, these five ignored the critical government reform that Bill Batchelder’s principled minority caucus was advocating, which would have harmed Strickland politically, kept the toxic budget debate on the front pages for at least three more months, and would have been a major step in the right direction of avoiding MASSIVE tax increases in 2011.

Without question, the best choice for this seat is former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who is founder of COAST, is responsible for important state government transparency legislation (HB 420), and is so anti-tax that he was violently punched in the face by former Speaker Larry Householder’s Chief of Staff because Tom refused to support Bob Taft’s massive tax increases!

While working as a State House employee, I marveled as Brinkman consistently voted “NO” on practically everything. However, Brinkman is so unwilling to give into the statist agenda that the pathetic Ohio Senate leadership will undoubtedly pick the loaded & politically-malleable Schneider.

Get out your checkbook Michelle, and welcome back to the legislature!

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