Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02

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.

Tags: House 2006, OH-02 (all tags)

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6 Comments

Re: Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02

Thanks for the plug.

The momentum is definitely with McEwen. Schmidt dodging debates is not a good sign. I'm hearing a lot of discontent with her in her stronghold of Clermont County. If McEwen can break her there it's a lock. Hopefully there won't be any voting glitches like in the special primary where 2,000 votes magically appeared for Congresswoman Schmidt. Woopsy! Like I tell them: what they do to us in the general, they do to you in the primary.

Schmidt has lost her campaign manager Joe Braun, which is a blow. He got a lot of knocks by the liberal blogosphere, but he was good at managing the Schmidt chaos. Her new campaign manager has been much worst at controlling the daily flow of schmidt.

McEwen is a very smooth campaigner. He's running a much better race than the special election. The fact that he's united the anti-shmidt forces and splintered Schmidt's pro-life base gives him the initiative.

His one big weakness is that he has zero support in the local conservative blogosphere aka the Southern Ohio Blogger Alliance ;-), where he is actively hated.

If one of the Democratic candidates step up their game big time there is a shot at things. They all have potential... what they are lacking is craft. Thor Jacobs has by far the best staff, which includes many holdovers from both of the Hackett campaigns.  Both Gaby Downey and Dr. Victoria Wulsin have better support within the local establishment. Right now candidate Jim Parker is making the biggest impact when he campaigns, even though he comes accross as a bit of a crackpot. A little polish and he could be interesting. He's certainly the best focused of the candates (health care, health care, health care). Jeff Sinnard is interesting because of his being head of the Ohio Democratic Catholic Caucus and staunch peace agenda. He hasn't been able to articulate his support of the 95%/10% plan well (Like Congressman Tim Ryan). If he could it would be interesting.

by ignatzmouse 2006-04-02 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02

Thanks for the plug.

The momentum is definitely with McEwen. Schmidt dodging debates is not a good sign. I'm hearing a lot of discontent with her in her stronghold of Clermont County. If McEwen can break her there it's a lock. Hopefully there won't be any voting glitches like in the special primary where 2,000 votes magically appeared for Congresswoman Schmidt. Woopsy! Like I tell them: what they do to us in the general, they do to you in the primary.

Schmidt has lost her campaign manager Joe Braun, which is a blow. He got a lot of knocks by the liberal blogosphere, but he was good at managing the Schmidt chaos. Her new campaign manager has been much worst at controlling the daily flow of schmidt.

McEwen is a very smooth campaigner. He's running a much better race than the special election. The fact that he's united the anti-shmidt forces and splintered Schmidt's pro-life base gives him the initiative.

His one big weakness is that he has zero support in the local conservative blogosphere aka the Southern Ohio Blogger Alliance ;-), where he is actively hated.

If one of the Democratic candidates step up their game big time there is a shot at things. They all have potential... what they are lacking is craft. Thor Jacobs has by far the best staff, which includes many holdovers from both of the Hackett campaigns.  Both Gaby Downey and Dr. Victoria Wulsin have better support within the local establishment. Right now candidate Jim Parker is making the biggest impact when he campaigns, even though he comes accross as a bit of a crackpot. A little polish and he could be interesting. He's certainly the best focused of the candates (health care, health care, health care). Jeff Sinnard is interesting because of his being head of the Ohio Democratic Catholic Caucus and staunch peace agenda. He hasn't been able to articulate his support of the 95%/10% plan well (Like Congressman Tim Ryan). If he could it would be interesting.

by ignatzmouse 2006-04-02 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02

Thanks for the plug.

The momentum is definitely with McEwen. Schmidt dodging debates is not a good sign. I'm hearing a lot of discontent with her in her stronghold of Clermont County. If McEwen can break her there it's a lock. Hopefully there won't be any voting glitches like in the special primary where 2,000 votes magically appeared for Congresswoman Schmidt. Woopsy! Like I tell them: what they do to us in the general, they do to you in the primary.

Schmidt has lost her campaign manager Joe Braun, which is a blow. He got a lot of knocks by the liberal blogosphere, but he was good at managing the Schmidt chaos. Her new campaign manager has been much worst at controlling the daily flow of schmidt.

McEwen is a very smooth campaigner. He's running a much better race than the special election. The fact that he's united the anti-shmidt forces and splintered Schmidt's pro-life base gives him the initiative.

His one big weakness is that he has zero support in the local conservative blogosphere aka the Southern Ohio Blogger Alliance ;-), where he is actively hated.

If one of the Democratic candidates step up their game big time there is a shot at things. They all have potential... what they are lacking is craft. Thor Jacobs has by far the best staff, which includes many holdovers from both of the Hackett campaigns.  Both Gaby Downey and Dr. Victoria Wulsin have better support within the local establishment. Right now candidate Jim Parker is making the biggest impact when he campaigns, even though he comes accross as a bit of a crackpot. A little polish and he could be interesting. He's certainly the best focused of the candates (health care, health care, health care). Jeff Sinnard is interesting because of his being head of the Ohio Democratic Catholic Caucus and staunch peace agenda. He hasn't been able to articulate his support of the 95%/10% plan well (Like Congressman Tim Ryan). If he could it would be interesting.

by ignatzmouse 2006-04-02 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Schmidt Campaign Continues Implosion in OH-02

Thanks for the plug.

The momentum is definitely with McEwen. Schmidt dodging debates is not a good sign. I'm hearing a lot of discontent with her in her stronghold of Clermont County. If McEwen can break her there it's a lock. Hopefully there won't be any voting glitches like in the special primary where 2,000 votes magically appeared for Congresswoman Schmidt. Woopsy! Like I tell them: what they do to us in the general, they do to you in the primary.

Schmidt has lost her campaign manager Joe Braun, which is a blow. He got a lot of knocks by the liberal blogosphere, but he was good at managing the Schmidt chaos. Her new campaign manager has been much worst at controlling the daily flow of schmidt.

McEwen is a very smooth campaigner. He's running a much better race than the special election. The fact that he's united the anti-shmidt forces and splintered Schmidt's pro-life base gives him the initiative.

His one big weakness is that he has zero support in the local conservative blogosphere aka the Southern Ohio Blogger Alliance ;-), where he is actively hated.

If one of the Democratic candidates step up their game big time there is a shot at things. They all have potential... what they are lacking is craft. Thor Jacobs has by far the best staff, which includes many holdovers from both of the Hackett campaigns.  Both Gaby Downey and Dr. Victoria Wulsin have better support within the local establishment. Right now candidate Jim Parker is making the biggest impact when he campaigns, even though he comes accross as a bit of a crackpot. A little polish and he could be interesting. He's certainly the best focused of the candates (health care, health care, health care). Jeff Sinnard is interesting because of his being head of the Ohio Democratic Catholic Caucus and staunch peace agenda. He hasn't been able to articulate his support of the 95%/10% plan well (Like Congressman Tim Ryan). If he could it would be interesting.

by ignatzmouse 2006-04-02 12:41PM | 0 recs
OK, I'll ask...

What's the 95/10 plan?

by KTinOhio 2006-04-02 02:17PM | 0 recs
by ignatzmouse 2006-04-02 06:09PM | 0 recs

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