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Seth Morgan, a Team Player, is Back Helping Conservatives

June 22nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

Good News from Bill Hershey in the Dayton Daily News. State Rep. Morgan is a rising star in Ohio politics, and we certainly haven’t seen the last of him:

State Rep. Seth Morgan, R-Huber Heights, is headed back to the campaign trail to support Republican John Kasich’s campaign for governor.

Morgan, who lost the GOP primary for state auditor to Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, will join the Kasich campaign’s door-to-door grassroots efforts on Saturday, June 26 in Huber Heights, Morgan said on Monday, June 21.

“We will continue to advocate for issues and candidates,” Morgan said. “John Kasich is just one of those.”

Primary Election Results Fallout- Maybe TEA Parties Should Not Endorse?

May 5th, 2010 Matt View Comments
Dave Yost checks election results with Ohio GOP’s Political Director Jonathan Gormley and Victory Field Staffer Richael Williams

The headlines I was worried about seeing today were printed.

From the Dayton Daily News:

Tea Party’s influence ‘overrated’ in Husted, Morgan primary races

Landslide Republican primary victories by state Sen. Jon Husted, R-Kettering, and Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost on Tuesday, May 4, indicated that expectations about the Tea Party’s influence were overrated, political scientist John Green said Tuesday, May 4.

“Activism doesn’t necessarily turn into votes,” said Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.

Husted was crushing former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O’Brien, 68 percent to 32 percent, to win the GOP’s secretary of state nomination, while Yost was thumping state Rep. Seth Morgan, R-Huber Heights, 64 percent to 36 percent, to win the auditor’s nomination with 84 percent of precincts reporting.

And from the Plain Dealer:

Lee Fisher, Third Frontier win big in Ohio; Tea Party effect minimal and voters deny many local school taxes

And from elderly Joe Hallett in the Dispatch:

In a battle of Democratic titans for the party’s Senate nomination, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher defeated Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner but emerged relatively empty-pocketed for the fall campaign against a well-heeled Republican nominee, former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman.

With 98 percent of the statewide vote counted, Fisher was 10 points ahead of Brunner on a night that rendered the budding Tea Party’s bark louder than its bite in targeted Republican races for state auditor and secretary of state.

In the contest for auditor, the Ohio GOP-endorsed candidate, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, handily defeated Dayton-area state Rep. Seth Morgan, who relied on Tea Party rallies and Internet outreach to appeal to Republican voters. Yost, who benefited from state party-sponsored mailings and television ads in the campaign’s stretch run, held a 30-point lead en route to victory.

His nomination reaffirmed the power of the Ohio GOP to deliver victory for its endorsed candidates and exposed the Tea Party as a weak player. Although Morgan was endorsed by the Tea Party, Yost said he received “substantial support” from its members.

The TEA Party movement was born out of a general distrust of big government, and has grown organically through individuals organizing rallies and protests. It is a true exercise in the libertarian concept of spontaneous order, as there are truly no leaders of the TEA Party movement… and yet they collectively make things a nightmare for Congressional Democrats… With successes in rallying support to take former Senator Ted Kennedy’s Seat in Massachusetts and making such a convincing argument on healthcare that President Obama, a long-time advocate of single payer socialized healthcare, was forced to limp away from the debate only with Mitt Romney-inspired insurance mandates.

However, we see problems when supposed TEA Party groups start endorsing candidates… These 501c3s, 501c4s, and PACs are frequently run by Republican operatives who open the sails trying to elect imperfect candidates with that momentum, while making money in the process.

So the problem here is that the “TEA Party” wasn’t really in the race yesterday. Instead, Ohio had imperfect people- a wacky, unserious lady from Ashtabula and and a true movement conservative from Huber Heights- attempt to win elections based on their support for the TEA Party’s general frustrations with government. On top of that, just anyone who wasn’t an incumbent Republican county or state central committee member got to claim they truly represented the “TEA Party” and use that movement to settle personal scores and inner-party battles which existed long before Rick Santelli was a pundit on CNBC.

In politics, perception is reality. And just like plenty of candidates unsuccessfully tried to present themselves as the living embodiment of all-things-TEA, political reporters are only going to report on which candidates are screaming “TEA” the loudest. Never mind that Dave Yost, a candidate for a state-wide office which majority of Ohioans don’t know exists, has spoken at numerous tea party rallies and is true Buckley-style conservative. Never mind that plenty of new conservatives unexpected won central committee races. Never mind that a young conservative named Nathan Larger pulled up an upset for the 24th House District. And never mind that more than 100,000 additional votes were cast for a relatively unknown gubernatorial candidate named John Kasich than the incumbent Governor of Ohio. Never mind was a former tax-raising political named Jon Husted forced to run the most conservative-sounding state-wide TV ads imaginable. Never mind Mike Wilson, the founder of the Cincinatti Tea Party won the primary for the 28th House District. Never mind that candidates who publicly declared themselves sympathetic to the active TEA Party movement won 21 of 66 Republican State Central Committee races. The TEA Party is dead, because the liberal MSM says so!

The truth is, the anti-tax smaller-government movement is far bigger than any individual personalities. Our candidates since the days of Barry Goldwater in 1964 have lost a lot of elections and government has grown exponentially. But that doesn’t mean it is time to give up. And I pity the politician who, in the era of Obama, doesn’t fear the growing distrust of central planning and obtrusive policies.

And as for the Ohio Republican Party staff, they should be congratulated. With such low turn out, they understood that absentee voting in Ohio is becoming quite common as Election Day in Ohio is quickly becoming “Election Month.” They worked hard to for their endorsed candidates and for incumbent State Central Committees and had a hell of a motivation to do so: THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL, AND IF JOHN KASICH WINS, KEVIN DEWINE WON’T BE OHIO GOP CHAIRMAN BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. Having a strong showing was a way for the Ohio GOP staff to maintain the established order and keep their jobs.

Last night, the TEA Party didn’t win or lose- but individual candidates did. Dave Yost won, yet opponent David Pepper has more than $700k to spend. And the Ohio GOP lost, as they failed to understand the perception game of the TEA Party movement and found every conceivable way imaginable to endlessly annoy TEA party organizations. And the Ohio GOP, with a heavy emphasis on “coalition building”, is so sloppy in its messaging and strategy that they couldn’t win favor with a movement born out of opposition to liberalism and in support of the fiscal platform of the Republican Party.

In the end, Ohio remains a center-right state and activists will always matter. Candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, will continue to frame the debate in language of tax-cuts and economic growth. And TEA Party, along with wide-spread voter disillusionment, will continue to define the political landscape for the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Politico Covers Yost vs. Morgan

May 4th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From The Politico:

Why the state auditor’s race matters

The most fascinating primary is for one of the most obscure offices—state auditor. In that contest, a messy Republican battle has morphed into a proxy fight for the soul of the GOP and a window into the electoral strength of the tea party movement in Ohio.

In an effort to help former Sen. Mike DeWine get the nomination, the state GOP establishment maneuvered Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney David Yost out of the race for attorney general and into the auditor’s contest. But that deal didn’t sit well with tea party activists that had previously supported Yost; the movement largely bucked him after he got the state GOP’s official imprimatur for auditor.

Instead, grassroots conservatives switched sides and went to Seth Morgan, a CPA who is counting on huge turnout in Southwest Ohio, the reddest part of the state.

“It’s been kind of hard to get a read on what turnout will be like,” Morgan said. “If the tea parties do turn out in any sense, then I think we’ll be victorious.”

Yost, meanwhile, touts his endorsement from Kenneth Blackwell, the 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee and a tea party and conservative favorite.

Ken Blackwell felt that his endorsement of Yost for Attorney General should transfer to the race for auditor. That’s fine, but considering the dynamics of this race, no political observer could deny that Seth Morgan is the outsider,Blackwell-like candidate. In fact, if he wins tonight, Seth Morgan will remain in his home with family… far away from the Ohio GOP’s election night party in downtown Columbus.

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Dennis Williard Confirms- Mary Taylor Supports Seth Morgan for Auditor

May 2nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

From his column in the Akron Beacon Urinal:

In 2009, Morgan was the keynote speaker at the April 15 Tea Party rally in downtown Dayton. While many politicians, including conservatives, were trying to test the wind before joining the new movement, Morgan didn’t hesitate. One could argue he was a Tea Partyer before it was cool.

”It’s an expression of the frustration people have that their government is not listening,” Morgan said. ”The stakes are high, and I’m anxious for victory because it will give the Tea Party a certain degree of validation.”

Yost is the endorsed candidate of the Ohio Republican Party. Normally, the power, finances and reach of the state party would be enough to squash opposition from someone like Morgan.[...]

Morgan received the Ohio Tea Party endorsement for auditor. He also has picked up support from numerous county Republican parties, including Summit.

Yost lashed out at Alex Arshinkoff, Summit County Republican chairman, for scheduling the screening process last month when he could not attend because he was in court prosecuting a corrupt politician in Athens County.

”The Summit County chairman proceeded with his process anyway, despite knowing I could not participate. He had previously personally endorsed my opponent. Summit County is widely regarded as one of the last true ‘machine’ counties in the state, and there was no doubt that the fix was in,” Yost stated in a late March news release.

Arshinkoff cannot be blamed for Morgan being endorsed by the county parties in Cuyahoga, Lake and Montgomery.

Taylor is also backing Morgan.

She has criticized a plan offered by Yost for the state auditor to be involved with the legislature and governor in drafting a two-year state budget.

Taylor believes there could be a conflict of interest if the auditor plays a role in writing the budget, but then must come in after and audit the state’s financial books.

Seth Morgan on the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act

May 1st, 2010 Matt Comments off

Seth Morgan Slams Ohio’s Liberal MSM

April 27th, 2010 Matt View Comments

I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed this press release. HA HA:

DAVE YOST ‘PROUD’ OF UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM OHIO’S LIBERAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA

Huber Heights, Ohio – Dave Yost over the past two weeks has been exuberant over being unanimously endorsed the most liberal newspapers in Ohio for Auditor of State. Yost has received the endorsements from the Youngstown Vindicator, Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Dayton Daily News.

In Sunday’s Dayton Daily News endorsement editorial, they described Seth Morgan as “tightly wound” and “ideologically rigid” insinuating he is more conservative than Dave Yost. And the newspaper criticized Seth Morgan saying “Morgan’s conservatism extends even to the point of voting against the Third Frontier.”

These same newspapers endorsed Ted Strickland for Ohio governor, Marc Dann for Ohio attorney general, Barack Obama for U.S. President, and have claimed the conservative and Tea Party movements are made up of racists. “We congratulate Dave on getting Ohio’s liberal mainstream media behind him. The liberal media like Dave because they view him and David Pepper as two peas in a pod,” said Rob Scott, Communications Director for Friends of Seth Morgan.

“The difference is clear. Seth Morgan is the people’s candidate supported by numerous Ohio grassroots organizations that represent thousands of conservative Ohioans. Whereas Dave Yost is the liberal media’s candidate and he’s proud of it,” Scott said.

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Seth Morgan Goes on TV

April 26th, 2010 Matt Comments off

As I said with Yost’s ad, with each candidate reporting a $100K, you won’t see these ads on TV very much. And if Jon Husted’s strategy is any indication, these ads will be run exclusively on Fox News.

This ad makes the distinction about TEA Party endorsements (He is the ONLY candidate who will be endorsed in such an overwhelming fashion by such groups in 2010.) and emphasizes his CPA credentials:

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The Dayton Daily News Endorses Dave Yost

April 25th, 2010 Matt View Comments

And in the process, I think they are trying to tell conservatives that Seth Morgan is more conservative?

Mr. Yost, 53, is a county prosecutor. He has been Delaware County auditor and has worked for former Gov. George Voinovich and former Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart. Before politics, he was a newspaper reporter.

His breadth of experience and his specific record in managing a county prosecutor’s office — with about 25 employees — trump the CPA credential. Mary Taylor is the only Ohio auditor to have been a CPA. The job entails running a large operation, not actually doing audits.

The two men don’t have dramatically different plans for the auditor’s office. But Rep. Morgan talks about farming more work out to private accountants. Mr. Yost doesn’t necessarily oppose that direction, but does respond that “privatization” in government work can sometimes go too far.

And Rep. Morgan talks about using the auditor’s job as a “bully pulpit,” whereas Mr. Yost minimizes that role.

Rep. Morgan’s conservatism extends even to the point of voting against the Third Frontier, which is endorsed by the Republican Party and got the vote, for example, of William Batchelder, the conservative leader of House Republicans.

Rep. Morgan says that people are looking for an alternative to the “muddy middle,” that they want stronger, more principled leadership. In effect, he’s calling for more polarization, exactly what the state and country do not need.

Mr. Yost’s mature demeanor is more likely to instill confidence in the good intentions of the office than the demeanor of the tightly wound, ideologically rigid, ambitious young politician.

For prudent, relatively non-political management of a position that should be non-political and non-ideological, the better bet is David Yost.

Conservatives can disagree, but I don’t think I’ve found a function in government that I wouldn’t like to see privatized,  if not eliminated.

And by “tightly wound,” I suppose the Dayton Daily News is lamenting that Morgan isn’t malleable enough to choose the politically expedient thing of supporting the Third Frontier, and the potential fundraising dollars that could have come from him changing his vote?

Prosecutor Yost is staunchly conservative too. But The Dayton Daily News editorial board really did him no favors by downplaying that fact. If I was Seth Morgan’s fundraiser, I’d send this endorsement to conservative donors.

Darke County Pretend TEA Party Organization?

April 22nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Darke County Journal:

The Darke County T.E.A. Patriots met Tuesday night at the Lighthouse Christian Center for the purpose of endorsing candidates. This group was formed recently - and as many as 100 people were at the meeting. A number of people attended the meeting with the expectation of voting, but at some point it was announced that only those people who had attended a prior Tea Party meeting would be eligible to vote. As a result, only 43 ballots were cast. Many people were disappointed at not being able to vote.

Al Bliss is the leader of the group and apparently conducted the meeting. Various candidates gave presentations, either in person or through a representative.

Each candidate for county commissioner was present and spoke on his own behalf. In the race for State Auditor, candidate Dave Yost was represented by Lyn Bliss, who gave a speech which was critical of the opponent Seth Morgan. Morgan, who attended the meeting with his family, spoke on his own behalf.

Numerous other candidates (or their representatives) also spoke.

When it came time for the vote, it was announced at some point (or it became apparent) that Dori Howdieshell would tally the ballots – see press release below. Seth Morgan’s local representative objected on the basis that Ms. Howdieshell was affiliated with the Yost campaign. This caused a verbal argument between the Morgan’s representative and Mr. Bliss in which Mr. Bliss yelled out the f-word in the presence of Seth Morgan’s young children. Although nobody could provide a direct quote, the context consistently referenced was that Mr. Bliss didn’t “f****** care” what Morgan’s representative thought.

Ms. Howdieshell proceeded with the tally of the votes in private, and unlike the press release below, several attendees commented on the vote taking “a long time,” or as much as a half hour.

And From the Rust Belt blog has more commentary on the subject here.

What I think is strikingly odd about the endorsement was that not only did this TEA Party organization endorse Yost, and endorse squishy Republicans like Husted and Mike DeWine, but they also endorsed the entire Ohio GOP ticket… including Ohio Supreme Court Justices! Is there an example of any TEA Party organization in Ohio doing the same thing?

TEA Party groups are quite organic and no one has a license on what constitutes an official TEA Party organization. But this really looks like it was a Yost campaign chair trying to help out the Ohio GOP slate. And that’s fine, but this information is getting out to TEA party activists as another reason why to be annoyed with the party’s endorsed candidates.

Replacing Seth Morgan in the Ohio Legislature

April 21st, 2010 Matt View Comments

Seth Morgan decided to run for Ohio Auditor, and it appears that he and others have found a conservative replacement: Mike Henne

CLAYTON, OHIO—Local small business owner Mike Henne today announced his overwhelming endorsement by the Montgomery County Republican Party to represent the 36th Ohio House District in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was also endorsed by the Dayton Right to Life PAC, as well as State Representatives Seth Morgan (R-Huber Heights), Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Terry Blair (R-Washington Township).

“As a father, business owner and long-time resident of the Dayton area, I am eager to bring about a brighter future for our state,” Mike said. “I would be honored to represent our community in the Statehouse by working to create jobs, reduce government spending and restore accountability for the people.”

Mike believes that Ohio’s poor business climate is driving crucial jobs out of state. One of his primary goals is to lower the tax burden and make Ohio more business-friendly by reducing government waste.

“The Ohio House is ‘The People’s House,’ and I would never stop being an earnest voice of our district in Columbus,” Mike said. “To serve my neighbors at the state level would allow me to give back to the community that has given so much to me through the years.”

“Mike has shown years of dedication and leadership within our community, and I would be very pleased to see him represent the district in the Ohio House,” State Representative of the 36th House District Seth Morgan said. “I have no doubt that he can provide the leadership our community and state need during this difficult economic time.”

Mike Henne is the president of Boord-Henne Insurance, a family-owned company in Englewood since 1963. Mike and his wife reside in Brookville with their four children.

From my conversations with Dayton-area TEA Party organizers, it appears Henne is a conservative that they are excited about. Good news, considering he will have big shoes to fill in the legislature.

Darke County TEA Patriots Endorse Dave Yost

April 21st, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Dave Yost for Auditor campaign:

Dave Yost, Republican candidate for Ohio Auditor of State, sharpened his conservative credentials with last night’s endorsement by the Darke County T.E.A. Patriots.

“Dave Yost shares the values of the Tea Party movement, limited government, personal and fiscal responsibility and lower taxes and we are excited to stand with Dave to become the next Ohio Auditor of State. Dave’s broad background and proven leadership as both an award winning county auditor and a tough-on-crime prosecutor are exactly what Ohioans are demanding in this election.” said Lyn Bliss, a member of the Darke County T.E.A. Patriots.

“Dave Yost is the clear choice among Ohioans to be the next Auditor of State. Conservatives of every stripe and organization are uniting behind Yost and his campaign to protect taxpayers’ dollars and fight waste, fraud and abuse,” said Brent Swander, Yost campaign manager.

Yost’s primary opponent was in attendance for the endorsement, however due to a scheduling conflict, Yost was not.

Here is the Darke County TEA Patriots’ website. I have not heard of them before, but are they a group that wants to keep their distance from the libertarian Ohio Liberty Council.

I’m glad they endorsed a conservative like Dave Yost, but to keep this in perspective THIS GROUP ALSO JUST ENDORSED JON HUSTED AND MIKE DEWINE. Maybe those two are the best candidates… But do they fit the TEA Party brand? hardly.

Seth Morgan Recieves CCV’s Wilberforce Leadership Award

April 20th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Wow- This award name won’t go over well with my fellow racist tea baggers.

From Citizens for Community Values:

Auditor of State candidate Seth Morgan, CPA received the William Wilberforce Leadership Award from the Citizens for Community Values today.

“Seth Morgan embodies what the William Wilberforce award recognizes. Seth puts principle above party and has exceptional moral leadership,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values.

“I am humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award honoring an amazing person in our history who spent much of his life fighting to abolish the slave trade,” said Seth Morgan, CPA.

For over a century, a virtual unknown among Americans, William Wilberforce today is appreciated and admired by many in the U.S., thanks to the 2007 movie, “Amazing Grace,” which chronicled his 20-year battle in the British Parliament to abolish the slave trade. At a time in British history similar in many ways to the U.S. today, Wilberforce exemplified moral leadership, even though doing so required standing against public opinion and against party expectations.

For 20 years, Parliamentarian William Wilberforce fought to abolish the British Slave trade. He fought against the establishment and against his own party. Wilberforce fought without regard for his own career, or even his own health. When success finally came in March of 1827, Wilberforce continued to fight for abolition until, just days before his death, he saw the institution of slavery abolished throughout the British colonies.

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Akron Beacon Urinal Endorses Dave Yost for Auditor

April 18th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From their editorial today:

The two Republicans have crisscrossed the state, Yost backed by the state Republican Party and Morgan touting endorsements from Ohio Tea Party and several large county party organizations, among them Cuyahoga and Summit. Both candidates are energetic campaigners who share a similar vision of using the ”bully pulpit” of the office to bring greater efficiency to local government and greater fiscal responsibility to state government.

We recommend the election of David Yost in the May 4 Republican primary.

Decisive in this race is experience in public office. Yost, the Delaware County auditor from 1999 to 2003 before moving to the prosecutor’s office, is a seasoned public administrator. Morgan, like Taylor, is a certified public accountant. His business provides consulting and financial help to small- and medium-sized companies. That said, his resume is limited, in the public and private sectors. The former Huber Heights councilman is in his first term in the House.

As it is, state auditors don’t themselves audit. What matters are leadership and administrative skills. Yost has spent more than a decade effectively running county-level offices in one of the state’s fastest-growing counties. More, his legal work in the public sector is especially valuable, bringing him in contact with many units of government, exactly the entities the auditor’s office examines.

Dave Yost Attacks the Ohio House Republican Caucus?

April 15th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Bizarre stuff from Dave Yost’s website:

Management and people skills and a practical view of how to get things done will best serve the holder of this office. And, given the broad responsibilities of the office, including participation in reapportionment, a lawyer’s training is at least as valuable as an accountant’s.”

Dave’s opponent is a member of the state legislature, the very place responsible for the out-of-control spending of Columbus.  With tax day upon us, let’s rise up and say “no more!”. Let’s get to work fixing the mess in Columbus and holding government officials accountable.

Sorry, but to argue that the minority caucus of the Ohio House wanted anything to do with Ted Strickland’s 4.2% retroactive income tax increase for 2009 is absurd, especially when directing those comments at a proud member of the so-called “Caveman Caucus” like Rep. Seth Morgan.

And Morgan’s campaign is furious:

“This attack on Seth Morgan, all Republican members of the Ohio House, including Treasurer Candidate Josh Mandel, as being responsible for the out-of-control spending in Columbus is nonsensical, reckless and is inaccurate,” said Rob Scott, Communications Director for Friends of Seth Morgan.

Seth Morgan, was handpicked by one of the most respected conservative leaders around Ohio, Minority Leader William Batchelder, to serve as the House Republican Caucus’ Policy Committee. Morgan has been one of the most aggressive and outspoken members of the Ohio Legislature, leading the charge on holding Columbus accountable and implementing conservative ideals.

On Nov. 17, 2009, Ohio House Republican Policy Committee Chairman, Seth Morgan, CPA along with his colleagues, unveiled a package of ten proposals to spur government reform, streamline efficiency, and strengthen accountability and transparency in state government, while working to reduce the economic turmoil suffered by families across Ohio.

“Yost is clearly uneducated about Seth Morgan, House Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, Treasurer-candidate Josh Mandel, Ron Maag, John Adams, and other members who are fighting to cut spending in the state budget,” said Scott.

Contained in the proposals are plans to reestablish the Legislative Budget Office to provide nonpartisan financial oversight; restructure state government by streamlining the executive branch; examine Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse; require conference committee reports to be publicly available for 48 hours prior to being considered by the House or Senate; and identify other areas of wasteful, inefficient spending. The Ohio House Republican Caucus offered these proposals as bills in the Ohio House and as amendments to the Ohio budget. These ideas have been silenced or ignored by Democrats, the House Majority Party.

The April 14th campaign communication is another example of Dave Yost and his campaign misleading Ohioans or simply using a “ready, fire, aim” approach to communicating.

* First, Dave Yost and his campaign were misleading on campaign literature and websites in February when Yost was described as “the only auditor in the race.” As a Certified Public Accountant, by definition, Seth Morgan is an auditor. We applaud the Yost campaign for changing their phrasing.

* Second, Dave Yost and his campaign associated themselves with an individual who pled guilty to public corruption charges. After the Friends of Seth Morgan drew attention to the problem, Yost fired back and aggressively defended the spokesperson. The individual, who served as an advisor and spokesperson for Dave Yost and his campaign, is apparently no longer the spokesperson for the campaign. We applaud the Yost campaign for apparently removing this spokesperson.

* Third, Dave Yost sent a scathing statement via email on March 20, 2010 attacking the Summit County Republican Party Central Committee members for endorsing Seth Morgan, CPA by saying, “Summit County is widely regarded as one of the last true “machine” counties in the state, and there was no doubt that the fix was in.” Unlike the endorsement process used when Yost garnered the endorsement by the Ohio Republican Party and four of the five County endorsements he has won, it is our understanding that both candidates were invited to participate in the endorsement process in Summit County.

* Fourth, Dave Yost’s proposed Ohio budget commission would create a conflict of interest for the Ohio Auditor’s office. Morgan expressed concern over his opponent’s proposal. Several days later, the current Auditor of State, Mary Taylor, voiced concerns over keeping the independence of the Auditor’s office if Yost’s plan was enacted in an interview airing on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

“It is our hope that Dave Yost and his campaign exercise caution before sending communications attacking Seth Morgan, fellow Republicans in the Ohio House, as well as a Republican statewide candidate, for the direction of the Ohio House, of which they do not control the agenda,” Scott said.

“It appears that Dave Yost is running an off-the-cuff, nonsensical campaign. Seth Morgan is the most qualified candidate for the Auditor of State office and is the best candidate to run against Democrat David Pepper in November.”

I would say the relationship between the House Republican caucus and Yost is probably already touchy, considering that legislators who endorsed Morgan were not allowed to use the Ohio GOP’s bulk mail rate until I started talking about the situation. So, in effect, efforts to armtwist support for the Ohio GOP’s endorsed candidate for Auditor were making it more expensive for Republicans to win the majority and cut taxes in the future.

Yost’s campaign should retract their statement.

Youngstown Vindicator Endorses Dave Yost

April 14th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Youngstown Vindicator Editorial page:

Both are serious and thoughtful candidates who espouse a conservative fiscal approach to state government.

Our endorsement, goes to Yost, the more experienced candidate with a broader background. The state has had good auditors and bad from both political parties, and the quality of their service has not been defined by formal accounting education. Management and people skills and a practical view of how to get things done will best serve the holder of this office. And, given the broad responsibilities of the office, including participation in reapportionment, a lawyer’s training is at least as valuable as an accountant’s.

This is fantastic news for Yost, especially considering that with both candidates with low name ID, newspaper endorsements could perhaps introduce candidates to primary voters who are paying attention now that it is Ohio election month.

However, as an honest reactionary, I’m always deeply suspicious of Republicans endorsed by the MSM.

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Shelby County GOP Endorses Seth Morgan

April 12th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From the Seth Morgan for Auditor campaign:

The Shelby County Republican Party endorsed Seth Morgan, CPA for Auditor of State today. The county party required greater than 2/3rds of the vote in order to endorse a candidate.

“At the end of the day, members voted for the candidate who in their view had the best chance of winning the seat in November. We were happy to trust Seth with our greater than 2/3rds majority vote to endorse,” said Christopher R. Gibbs, Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party.
“This endorsement is a validation that Seth Morgan continues to receive a tidal wave of support across Ohio and he is the most qualified to be Ohio’s next auditor,” said Rob Scott, Communications Director for Friends of Seth Morgan.

Rep. John Adams spoke on Morgan’s behalf, as he was at the Cuyahoga County GOP Lincoln Dinner.

I’m surprised more people didn’t vote for Morgan, as not only is Adams an eloquent speaker on behalf of the conservative cause, but as a former Navy SEAL he could literally kill anyone in the room with 1 finger poke.

Seth Morgan Wins Summit County Straw Poll

April 12th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Seth Morgan’s campaign:

Huber Heights, Ohio – Seth Morgan, CPA received 66 percent of the vote in a Summit County Republican Party straw poll taken on Saturday for Auditor of State. More than 1,000 were in attendance to vote between Auditor of State candidate’s Seth Morgan and Dave Yost at the Summit County GOP event.

“Seth Seth Morgan clearly is the most qualified for Auditor of State. He continues to show that the people are with him. The Summit County straw poll is one of many examples of this,,” said Rob Scott, Communications Director for Friends of Seth Morgan. “The people are saying again and again they want Seth Morgan as their next auditor.”

And here is Dave Yost’s response to Morgan’s initial unanimous Summit County Endorsement:

The Summit County screening was scheduled during working hours yesterday, when I was scheduled to be in court for the sentencing of a public official I had successfully prosecuted. The Summit County Chairman proceeded with his process anyway, despite knowing I could not participate. He had previously personally endorsed my opponent. Summit County is widely regarded as one of the last true “machine” counties in the state, and there was no doubt that the fix was in.

As a county auditor and prosecutor, I have a track record of auditing, catching, and prosecuting public officials. It is exactly that experience – and not some rubber-stamped endorsement – that makes me the best candidate to follow Mary Taylor as our next Auditor of State. I was proudly fulfilling my duties defending the public trust yesterday in an Athens courtroom instead of playing party politics in a backroom in Akron.

I’ve won endorsements all over the state, including from the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee – the same committee that endorsed John Kasich, Mary Taylor, Jon Husted, and Rob Portman. Why the Summit County Chairman has taken aim at them is his business. It’s also old news.

Do you know who else likes the Summit County GOP and Alex Arshinkoff? Ken Blackwell.

Ohio Black Republicans Association Endorses Dave Yost

April 12th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From the Dave Yost for Auditor campaign:

Dave Yost was endorsed by the Ohio Black Republicans Association (OBRA), to be the next Ohio Auditor of State.

“Dave Yost places a high value on the involvement of African Americans in all aspects of the Republican Party. Dave shares our belief that we need bold ideas to rein in spending and get government under control.
His experience as a county auditor and prosecutor makes him the perfect choice to carry on Mary Taylor’s record of excellence in the Auditor’s office,” said Ohio Black Republicans Association President Stephen D. Cheek.

“I’m proud to have the endorsement from the Ohio Black Republican Association,” said Yost, a conservative who has fought to keep government accountable his entire career as an auditor and a prosecutor. “I am pleased that African Americans across the state have put their confidence in me as the best candidate to be the next Auditor of State.”

I have not heard of this organization before, but here is their website. I hope their membership numbers grow as African-Americans continue to realize how they have been abused and mistreated by the Democrat party for many decades.

Mary Taylor to Dave Yost: Not So Fast on That Commission, Pal

April 9th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Jim Siegel:

Taylor said some of those concerns could be alleviated by the disclosure required by current auditing standards.

State Auditor Mary Taylor says an Ohio Budget Commission proposal unveiled this week by auditor candidate Dave Yost could create a conflict-of-interest problem for the office.

“We would be concerned that their might be an independence issue if the legislature were to approve legislation…that required the auditor of state to participate in any budgeting process, and then after the fact would be required to go in and audit,” Taylor said Friday during a taping of ONN’s Capitol Square, which will air Sunday at 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.

Taylor said some of those concerns could be alleviated by the disclosure required by current auditing standards.

Yost this week proposed creating the commission, consisting of the auditor, state treasurer and attorney general, to complete revenue estimates to be used as the basis for the two-year budget. His Republican primary opponent, Seth Morgan, and Gov. Ted Strickland, each opposed the plan, citing concerns about damaging the independence and credibility of the office.

This is big news and a HUGE blow to the Yost for Auditor campaign. I’ll post the video when it airs.

This board causes a major conflict, and Morgan- as a small government conservative- isn’t a big fan of creating new commissions and bureaucracies.

And I think from a purely political angle, if it wasn’t clear before, there is clearly a distinct Kevin DeWine/Jon Husted camp, which Kasich/Taylor are not in. And a serious Republican Chairman probably wouldn’t allow this to happen a few weeks out from a primary when it hurts the Ohio GOP’s endorsed candidate.

This is about as open as Mary Taylor and John Kasich can be with quietly endorsing Seth Morgan for Auditor. WOW

Dave Yost and Mary Jane

April 8th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Dave Yost in this candidate’s survey talks about his experimentation with marijuana and his heavy drinking as a college student (see page 3):

Nothing surprising here but it’s always interesting to see how candidates answer such questions.

And I have it on good authority that not only has Seth Morgan NEVER smoked anything or tried a sip of alcohol, but he snuggles with the Bible every night.

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