OH-05: Wes Clark Promotes Weirauch (D); Momentum Building Fast

From the diaries. OH-05 represents a real opportunity to expand out majority now, before 08. Glad to see there's some momentum building on the ground as we approach the special election on December 11. Let's help General Clark build the warchest Robin Weirauch will need to go up against Bob Latta by donating to her campaign over at ActBlue today. - Todd

Former Democratic presidential contender Gen. Wesley Clark has a post up on his WesPAC blog, praising Robin Weirauch (D-Napoleon) and calling for donations for the special election that is now only twelve days away. Clark describes Weirauch as:

the daughter of a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, [who] will do more than simply repeat slogans like "Support the Troops." She will fight to bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq and make sure our veterans receive the health care they deserve.
This is just the latest of many signs I am seeing that the Weirauch campaign is really taking off (examples after the break).

* Weirauch has been endorsed by Emily's List and a host of labor unions, which means that she has logistical and strategic support for a huge get-out-the-vote election in a contest that will be marked by very low turnout -- she did not have Emily's List's support in her past races against deceased incumbent Paul Gillmor (R);

* The DNC is deploying internet-based GOTV support;

* Gov. Ted Strickland reportedly will campaign with Weirauch in the next few days, and Sen. Sherrod Brown did so a few days ago -- these two political superstars each carried the 5th District in 2006;

* Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) hosted a big fund-raiser for Weirauch last night, and all the other Democratic members of Congress from Ohio are actively supporting her as well (I was at a fund-raiser two night ago featuring Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones(D-Cleveland));

* I just went to ActBlue.com and Weirauch is second on the list of busiest recipients this week;

* Even hard-core Republican voters in the 5th District were extremely turned off by the bitterly negative GOP primary and many will either stay home or vote for change -- I heard at the Weirauch fund-raiser two nights ago that the father of a well-known former GOP state legislator, himself an outspoken right-winger, is supporting Weirauch.

This is a race that will set the stage for 2008, and an upset victory is looking more and more possible. Please click here now and support the Weirauch campaign!

Cross-posted at Ohio Daily Blog

Tags: OH-05, Robin Weirauch, Wes Clark (all tags)

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Re: OH-05: Wes Clark Promotes Wierauch (D); Moment

Weirauch is running a hard-hitting campaign focused on blue collar economic populism, which worked very well for Sherrod Brown in 2006. I'm hearing very good things about the GOTV effort. This could be a huge win for us.

by Jeff Coryell 2007-11-29 05:50AM | 0 recs
If we win, it would be literally amazing

As of right now, Weirauch is being outspent in a heavily Republican district, but seeing as we have Democrats rallying around Weirauch, it would be nice to see where this goes.  

For the sake of comparison...

2006
(R)Gilmore - 126,898 (57%)
(D)Weirauch - 95,955 (43%)

Earlier this year, the only hot special election so far - MA-05

(D) Tsongas - 38,501
(R) Ogonowski - 36,395

If we got 50,000 or 60,000 votes from the 95,955 that voted for her in 2006, she can walk away with this.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-11-29 06:36AM | 0 recs
Wes Clark

Wes Clark is a great guy. He did an amazing job in Kosovo. He would be an interesting Vice President with Hillary as President. Wouldn´t that be an improvement over Bush and Cheney?

by moi moi 2007-11-29 06:34AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-05: Wes Clark MoJo

Geez, that Wes Clark post is new and already about $8,500 has poured through his ActBlue link.

Latta has a lot of money, but Robin doesn't have to outspend him just have enough for an effective ad campaign and GOTV.

by Jeff Coryell 2007-11-29 06:50AM | 0 recs
It wasn't just a blog post

The message from Wes Clark wasn't just on his blog, it went out to his entire email list. So far today he has raised $8,915 from 230 donors.

by Jeff Coryell 2007-11-29 10:33AM | 0 recs
More background, please. Is this a winner take all

primary, where if you win 50%, you win, or will the two party winners face each other later?

by verasoie 2007-11-29 09:32AM | 0 recs
No, this is the general election

The special primary was back in November, this is the special general election.

Bob Latta is the son of former congressman Del Latta. The son has cycled back and forth between the Ohio House and Ohio Senate ever since he lost a GOP primary to the now-deceased incumbent Paul Gillmor in the 1980s by 27 votes -- thus losing his chance to take over his father's seat. Now he is running on his name recognition and "legacy," having defeated rabid wingnut State Sen. Steve Buehrer in an extremely nasty primary despite huge Club for Growth support for Buehrer.

Weirauch had run against Gillmor twice. She did much better the second time, taking 43% of the vote in a conservative, rural district. She is a home-grown, authentic community activist, having worked as an EMT, founded a nonprofit in her hometown that is still in operation, and worked for eight years in a university program devoted to economic development. She's married to a retired policeman and is the daughter of a military officer. What makes this race enticing is that Weirauch has developed good name recognition throughout the district, overall turnout will be extremely low because it is such an odd time for an election, and Republican voters are turned off by the extremely ugly primary. I'm told that there are no yard signs for either candidate anywhere and people are not talking about this race in the coffee shops. In other words, this election is practically off the radar for folks who are not politically engaged. That is the nature of our opportunity -- good GOTV in a low-interest, low-turnout race, and we "steal" a victory.

by Jeff Coryell 2007-11-29 10:10AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-05:

I'm pretty sure the primaries have already taken place, and it's just Latta v. Weirauch now.

by Rtael 2007-11-29 09:55AM | 0 recs
hmm

where are all the people who called Clark a sell out for endorsing Clinton?

I remember that day fondly - "I've lost all respect for Clark"

"Another corporate democrat"

"what a sell out"

by sepulvedaj3 2007-11-29 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-05: Wes Clark Promotes Weirauch (D); Moment

Clark works hard for the Dems. In 2006 I think he campaigned in more than 90 districts, a lot of them red.

by zac 2007-11-29 12:25PM | 0 recs

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