Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02
by Jonathan Singer, Sun Apr 02, 2006 at 10:16:02 AM EDT
Just as Katherine Harris' campaign in Florida appears to be in the last stages of an impressive implosion, Ohio's own Harris wannabe, Rep. Jean Schmidt, shows similar signs of imminent demise. Schmidt, who has been hurt in recent weeks by reports of her fake endorsements and wild 20-year-old claims about Liddy Dole, faces allegations that she lied about her educational background, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer's Malia Rulon.
A second elections complaint against Rep. Jean Schmidt was filed Friday, this time over allegations that she misrepresented her educational background.
According to the complaint, filed with the state elections commission, Schmidt claimed on candidate surveys, previous campaign Web sites and in official Ohio House literature that she earned two bachelor's degrees from the University of Cincinnati, one in political science in 1974 and one in "social studies-secondary education" in 1986.
But UC Registrar Douglas Burgess said the only degree on file for Schmidt is a bachelor of arts in political science.
As Chuck Todd wrote about Democratic Senator Mark Dayton's decision not to run for reelection, "Ninety-nine times out of 100, a party is better off with an incumbent seeking re-election. Meet the one-time exception." Perhaps this is going to have to be a two-time exception, as the Republican Party would clearly be worse off if Schmidt were to emerge from a primary as the GOP nominee in Ohio's second congressional district.
While you shouldn't write off Democrats' chances in any district across the country -- kooky things can happen in elections, as we all know -- there are many areas of the country in which it must take a perfect storm in order of the Dems to win. Ohio's second congressional district might be one of those places.
I'm not saying that former Rep. Bob McEwen would be a shoo-in for election in the district should he defeat Schmidt in the primary, but the Democrats would clearly have an improved shot at winning this very Republican seat if they're going up against Jean Schmidt, given her ability to embarrass her constituents and her party time and time again. For more information on the race, including a complete candidate list, check out the Ohio 2nd Blog.