Where's the screaming about ANOTHER fubar in OH?

Nothing to do with Diebold or Hackett this time.

And I'd have known nothing but for a couple of posts on the Breaking Blue page this and this.

If these stories are right, the Dem (I laughingly call) machine in OH has screwed up on a galactic scale.

In two Congressional districts, OH-6 and OH-16, Dem candidates have failed to secure the signatures required by Ohio law to get on the ballot before the time-limit ran out.

The number required for each candidate? Fifty! A number a guy well enough known to run for the US House should be able to get in his own street.

The OH-6 candidate apparently got 96 signatures - but 43 of them came from folks who lived outside the district! (And some of the rest got disallowed.)

Folks here got white hot over the Hackett shenanigans. Which at least involved a plausibly professional exercise of judgement on the part of the DC elites.

Whereas - not to be able to make sure candidates get 50 valid signatures to run for Congress?

(Perhaps there's a jurisdictional thing, whereby the state party can't even do little, mundane things for primary candidates. And there's the Darwinian aspect, that any candidate too moronic or lazy to whip up 50 stand-up signatures is unsuitable to represent the party at the general.

Are we happy with that?)

Update [2006-2-22 18:27:8 by skeptic06]:

It turns out that OH-6 is ranked #5 of the National Journal list of the 25 most vulnerable US House districts.

I wonder whether any other districts on the Dem target list (or not on it) are at risk from similar snafus.

Has anyone from the DCCC or DNC checked to make sure?

I'm thinking, not.

Tags: Democrats, House 06, OH-16, OH-6, Ohio (all tags)



Re: Where's the screaming about ANOTHER fubar in O

As has been said before elsewhere, I'm sure that the party leaders assumed tha ta candidate that can raise 400 grand has his shit together enough to gather 50 lousy signatures.

I don't really think there's any way you can blame party leaders for this one. Party leaders are supposed to support candidates, not hold their hands at every stage of the process. This is especially true when you're dealing with someone who is a State Senator and has raised a lot of money.

So be mad at Charlie Wilson, not Rahm or Chris Redfern.

by dantheman 2006-02-22 10:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Where's the screaming about ANOTHER fubar in O

Columbus Dispatch:

Democrats appeared stunned by the possibility that Wilson might not qualify. One Democratic official who spoke only on condition that he not be identified said, "I haven't spoken to anyone who hasn't slapped himself on the head two or three times and said, `How did this happen?' "

But don't blame Emanuel or Redfern, they were with more important matters the week before the filing deadline. Of course "party leaders assumed" as they did, it isn't like Wilson had been disqualified for improper filing in 1994.

by blogswarm 2006-02-22 12:43PM | 0 recs
Not again!

This is inexcusable. The candidate is ultimatily responsible for the signatures but the  damn county party chair should have taken an active roll. You can get 50 signatures at a monthly cmte meeting.

Way to go guys.

by sndeak 2006-02-22 12:32PM | 0 recs
State party role

The state party site, www.ohiodems.org, was asking for people to come into Columbus and pick up forms to get signatures for central Ohio.  Were they trying to fix a blunder or was that another disaster?

by David Kowalski 2006-02-22 01:06PM | 0 recs


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