Former football star Chris Spielman’s speech at the Ohio Right to Life event on Friday was fantastic and deeply moving. The way he engages the audience should be taught in public speaking classes, and I could have heard a pin drop as the audience of 4000+ listened closely to each word.
Not sure if professional video will be posted soon, but I found this on YouTube and it’s worth watching:
And if you want to really be annoyed, read Plunderdumb’s disgusting comments about Spielman. (scroll down)
There is quite a controversy brewing in the Seth Morgan / Dave Yost primary, which originates from yesterday’s Ohio Right to Life event event with Sarah Palin. (Media coverage can be found here and here. I’ll post video as quickly as it is made available.)
Since I was there, the first report is something I can personally confirm: Many Republican leaders were visibly in attendance and on stage. Also, the Ohio Right to Life PAC, which is spereate from ORTL’s non-profit 501c3, put its slate card on cars in the parking lot. Also Republican candidates, such as Jon Husted, also distributed literature. I suppose this is fine, but the Ohio Right to Life is so important to the cause of ending abortion that– especially at an event with the next Republican nominee for President– if I was running the ORTL, I would make it a specific point to keep anything else that is remotely Republican entirely out of the event. What the IRS giveth, the IRS can taketh away.
But the second report is more interesting: Seth Morgan was kept out of the private reception prior to the Palin’s speech.
I shook Morgan’s hand after the event and he looked rather distracted and unnerved. It was a mob of people trying to leave and he understandably had no time to talk, but today I have figured why he looked how he did.
Seth Morgan did not buy a ticket in advance to the reception, Sarah Palin’s people and major Ohio Right to Life donors invited him in- repeatedly.
What Seth Morgan was reportedly told was that there was simply no room at the $1000/ticket event. Also, a well placed source said they were a tight schedule and there was perhaps no room in the picture line for Morgan or anyone else… many other people were also turned away. But considering the red-hot nature of this primary and the bad PR this could cause, why couldn’t they have made an exception?
Things got so heated that there are reports that lawyers were involved.
While the Morgan campaign has absolutely no interest in commenting on thus, his supporters are speaking up. And I’m hearing through the grapevine that Tom Norris, Lara (Mastin) Norris, Tim Crawford (who works closely with Palins’s team… The event wouldn’t of happened without him.), and many others were royally pissed because of this situation.
Regardless of why Seth wasn’t allowed in, things were so bad that they made sure to allow him into the Umberto Fedeli event today in Cleveland.
Not that it should have mattered, but the ORTL PAC has not endorsed in the Auditor’s race, and will probably give out a dual endorsement anyway.
And if the situation involved heavy handed politics, then the treatment of Morgan looks far worse for the ORTL than the distribution of campaign literature.
For such an amazing event, this is a horrible parting thought.
And the “squabble” former GOP Chairman Bob Bennett talks about in the Dayton Daily News continues…
Update: Sunday at 10am – Reports are coming in now that Dave Yost was also not at the event and was treated exactly the same, as Yost asked to be comped for a ticket but was turned down. So perhaps the way to have solved this was for candidates to buy tickets in advance? Regardless, Palin’s people and Morgan people were upset.
Laura Bischoff files the first report of Sarah Palin’s speech tonight with the Ohio Right to Life:
COLUMBUS — Officially, the Ohio Right to Life rally on Friday, March 5, was billed as a nonpartisan event, but that didn’t stop many of Sarah Palin’s 4,000 fans in attendance from[...]
Just before the rally, Palin attended a private $1,000 per ticket reception with donors, including Republicans such as Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine, state Sen. Jon Husted and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine.
Ohio Right to Life declined to disclose Palin’s speaking fee — reported to be in the neighborhood of $100,000 — but at the end of her 45-minute speech Palin promised to donate it back to the nonprofit.
I’ve been told that video will be online soon. With thousands of adoring fans in the audience, her speech was fantastic and I found her to be far more comfortable speaking than she was just a few weeks ago at the TEA party convention. She was just as smooth and eloquent as Mitt Romney… except Palin is actually conservative.
She mocked the left and the MSM for how the smallest things she does drives them crazy. Here is my cellphone video when she explained the silly business about how she wrote notes on her hand during a speech… ie, the “poor man’s teleprompter.”
But what was my favorite moment?
It was when Palin honored Elizbeth Trisler, the young woman who won the national oratory award from the National Right to Life, but was kept from being honored by State Rep. John Adams on the floor of the Ohio House because of Speaker Armond Budish’s radical pro-death agenda.
Armond, here is a room of 5000+ people who think you are a bully and a giant a**hole:
From the inbox:
Congressman Jim Jordan, a champion for the pro-life movement in Ohio, has graciously purchased and donated 100 tickets to this Friday’s Sarah Palin event.
All supporters need to do to receive their free ticket is call Ohio Right to Life at (614) 547-0099 ext. 0, mention Congressman Jordan’s name, and leave their own name, address and phone number. This special opportunity is limited to 100 tickets and those calling may receive up to 4 free tickets.
We are extremely honored by Congressman Jordan’s generosity and hope you will take part in accepting his gift to the pro-life movement by calling our office for your free ticket today! Thank you Congressman Jordan!
For more information on Friday’s event, please visit www.ohiolife.org.
This email was sent out 20 minutes ago from the time I posted, so hurry up and call!
I already have a ticket and will report back on Friday evening.
Two events over two days. Very impressive…
From Michael McIntyre in The Plain Dealer:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make a stop for lunch in Northeast Ohio next Saturday at the home of insurance executive and GOP stalwart Umberto Fedeli in a benefit for the Ohio and Cleveland chapters of Right to Life.
Palin and about 100 invitees (most of whom will pay $2,500 apiece) will enjoy a meal in Fedeli’s personal trattoria prepared by guest chef Carl Quagliata of Giovani’s Ristorante. Palin will share her anti-abortion views and pose for photographs.
Fedeli, who has hosted President George W. Bush and many other political dignitaries at his Gates Mills home, said he was thrilled that Palin, who is headlining an Ohio Right to Life event in Columbus the night before, accepted his invitation.
From The Politico:
Sarah Palin’s political action committee has been selective and strategic in its donations to candidates over the past six months, but if money is any indication of where her heart lies, her political loyalties can be traced to Ohio.
While SarahPAC has devoted just 5 percent of its total expenditures over that period to fellow GOP colleagues, four of the 17 candidates Palin contributed to hail from Ohio — the state where she held by far the most presidential campaign events in 2008, according to The Washington Post’s candidate tracker.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee gave $5,000 to former GOP Rep. John Kasich, who’s running for Ohio governor; $3,500 to former Rep. Rob Portman, who’s running for the state’s open Senate seat; $1,000 to Rep. Jean Schmidt; and $1,000 to state auditor Mary Taylor, whom Kasich recently tapped to be his running mate.
A GOP source familiar with Palin’s thinking said most of these candidates solicited Palin’s support. “She feels there is a real chance to turn the tide in Ohio,” said the source.
“It makes sense to me that she may be looking to a future where Ohio matters to her, and if she’s building support, I think it’s great,” said Alex Triantafilou, the GOP chairman in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County.
“We’ve got an incumbent governor in Ted Strickland who is very vulnerable, so perhaps she sees where her dollars can make a difference,” he added.
Palin’s largest monetary donation went to Kasich, the former House Budget Committee chairman and Fox News talk show host, who has edged ahead of Strickland in recent polls.
The article also mentions that she will be speaking March 5th at an Ohio Right to Life event. Tickets can be purchased here. She is tough to book and won’t even be speaking at CPAC, so this is a huge deal for the pro-life movement in Ohio. Conservative friends at the Strategy Group helped make the event possible.
Sarah’s book was fun from a gossipy perspective. I wanted to read more about accomplishments and policy debates in Alaska, but instead found myself slogging through a bunch of stories about how the media and the McCain campaign mistreated her. Almost any book by a politician is ghostwritten, but this one came no where close to, for example, what L. Brent Bozell Jr. did for Barry Goldwater. And I couldn’t imagine Ronald Reagan writing a book to bitch about the press or pesky Ford operatives.
Regardless, Sarah is right on the issues, knows how to give a good speech, and is the only conservative rockstar who might run for President. She is more qualified for the job than President Barry, and is our worst potential candidate… except for all the others.
It is fantastic news that she is focusing so much on the state. Ohio’s misogynist Democrat Party Chairman has no idea how truly popular she is.
She may have snubbed CPAC this year, but Ohio Right to Life is bringing to Columbus former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on March 5, 2010. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased here.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in town the same day for his annual Arnold Sports Festival.
Sarah Palin will be in Ohio on Friday to sign copies of her fantastic new book, Going Rogue:
Friday Nov. 20, 2009:
Cincinnati- Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Rd, Norwood, Noon (Click here for directions.)
Columbus- Borders bookstore on Sawmill Road from 6 to 9 p.m. (Click here for directions.)
My understanding is that books MUST be purchased at the event for Gov. Palin to autograph them. I’ll be at the Columbus event and will report back.
Ken Blackwell takes on the Huffington Post in his column today, for their incredibly offensive jokes about Sarah Palin’s family. Check it out here.
He applauds the efforts of the Kennedy family for their support of the Special Olympics, but didn’t mentioned its rarely discussed origin: Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the Special Olympics, and she did so after her sister Rosemary- who was a normal, healthy young woman- was no longer so after their father Joseph Kennedy had her lobotomized at age 23.
I typically wouldn’t post this video because it includes such an annoying Yenta who writes an atrociously prolix blog. But I haven’t said anything about Sarah Palin, and the video also includes my friend Matt Lewis, who taught me everything I know about political messaging via the Leadership Institute:
So what did you learn after 17 minutes of video? NOTHING! Except that CNN really likes Twitter. It started to turn my brain to Jell-o trying to pay attention to this.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Palin and family during the 2008 election, and I am a big fan. And the vitriolic comments we see directed toward her by lefty bloggers proves what a threat she is to liberalism.
But what is she going to do next? I don’t know, and neither do these bloggers. So please stop talking about it.