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Lee Fisher Endorsement Amateur Hour

August 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments


What do a roomful of cops do when they expect a politician or his substitute to show up and neither the pol nor his proxy shows?

They endorse the other guy.

Members of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association might have had other reasons Wednesday evening to prefer Rob Portman, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. But Lee Fisher, the Democrat, could have improved his chances of winning the endorsement of the patrol officers detectives and dispatchers by making more of an effort.

Portman came and addressed the cops. Fisher was supposed to send a substitute. The sub was a no-show.

Well before Wednesday, Loomis received calls in support of Fisher from people whose names he won’t divulge but who came, he says, from the federal, state and local levels. The union told Fisher’s campaign that its members like to hear from the candidates, and the union told the campaign that it hoped to see both Fisher and Portman on Wednesday.

Fisher apparently had a conflict. But, Loomis says, “We were told a representative was going to come up.”

“He would have been better off had he said he wasn’t coming rather than saying he would send a representative,” Loomis says. “We were told that somebody was coming, and nobody did. It gives the impression, although I don’t believe that it’s true, that they don’t give much care to whether we are going to endorse them.”

It’s obviously not true for another reason. Fisher made a personal phone call to Loomis — at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, about three hours too late.

“He was asking me real basic questions, like ‘what is the endorsement process like’ and who does he need to talk to.

“Those,” says Loomis, “are questions that should have been asked two months ago.”

Lee Fisher thought about firing someone because of this, but he really can’t afford more of the endless staff turnover his campaign has been going through.

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