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  •  With all due respect Sec. Brunner (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the big reasons why I haven't been able to support your candidacy in the primary is that you haven't done a very good job at fundraising. I'd have no trouble supporting your candidacy if you had pulled in even half of the money that your primary opponent, Lt. Gov Fisher, has.

    I wish I could support you, because I think you've done a terrific job as Secretary of State, but I'm afraid that your lackluster fundraising is a real problem for me, and I haven't heard a reasonable explanation for why that is.

    •  You mean other than? (1+ / 0-)
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      She's running against the candidate with the endorsement of the Governor, 20 years experience running statewide, the open support of the Senate leadership and the DSCC?

      And you can't figure out how those things might have hampered her fundraising?

      •  Oh God, the MO of Brunner supporters (0+ / 0-)

        blame it on the evil establishment. Let me spell it out for you, according to, Brunner has raised $660K for a senate run in Ohio. Strickland and the DSCC can't stop all money from flowing to Brunner, and if she, by some miracle, wins the primary, she won't automatically get gobs and gobs of money to magically make her financially viable against Portman.

        Campaign fundraising matters, and doing as poorly as Brunner has done in fundraising speaks poorly of her ability to run a campaign (and blaming it on the "establishment" means that you guys refuse to put the blame where it lies, with the Brunner campaign).

    •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

      Fisher is guy that has been around the Ohio Democratic party for a long time. The party leadership decided that it was good ol' Lee's turn at the brass ring, and so is pushing it's resources at him, including the fundraising pipeline.

      My problem with that is that while Fisher may be a nice guy, he's got a incredibly lackluster record of accomplishments. Other than Lt Governor (doesn't count really, the Governor and LG run as a team), he last won a statewide race in 1991. He's lost two races for Governor since then (98 and 06) and he bailed on the Ohio "job czar" spot to run for Senate. He's also from NE Ohio which is usually something of a liability here and, at least from what I've seen, dull.

      There are lots of us on the ground here in Ohio that fear that if Fisher wins the primary, he'll manage to lose to Portman. Partly because of his record, and partly because he's not a very good campaigner (witness the subject of this article).

      •  Fisher didn't run for governor (1+ / 0-)
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        in 2006. He was tapped to join Strickland's ticket. As far as I know he was never looking at running seriously. Early on it was Strickland and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, who left the race for personal reasons. Then briefly, former congressman Eric Fingerhut got in late, and there are many who say that Strickland tapped Fisher to shut down Fingerhut's formidable, community-specific fundraising capacity among east-side Cuyahoga Jews. That's Fisher's base, then and now.

        Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

        by anastasia p on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 04:26:57 PM PDT

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