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(Cross posted at MyDD and Grow Ohio.)

Who is Ted Strickland?

Some of you may know him as the United States Representative for Ohio's Sixth District.  Some of you may know him as the frontrunner for Ohio's Democratic nomination in the all-important 2006 gubernatorial race.  Some of you may think he has something to do with propane and propane-related accessories.  (He doesn't, by the way.)

Our goal is to ensure that everyone knows Ted like his friends, family and constituents know him - a tireless worker for Ohioans, a champion for those who lack the power to speak for themselves; a Golden Rule Democrat who believes that he should treat others as he would like to be treated and who approaches his service as an elected representative accordingly.

A majority of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus (22 State Representatives) and five of eleven members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus have endorsed Ted.  Unions representing more than 68,000 working men and women and retirees in Ohio have endorsed Ted.  17 Ohio Democratic County Party organizations have endorsed Ted.  Senator Max Cleland has endorsed Ted.  What's behind this groundswell of support?  Well, let's talk Ted.

A former Methodist minister, psychologist, campus director of a Methodist children's home, college professor and member of Congress, Ted isn't your normal lawyer-turned-politician.  

  • He voted against the war in Iraq, and remains an outspoken critic of it.

  • He's consistently stood up for veterans, being one of the first to lead the charge in the House to secure armor and equipment for our troops. And as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, has fought the good fight to make health care more available to returning soldiers and by challenging our nation to keep its promises to those who served in uniform.  

  • He's voted against every pay raise in Congress since he was elected.  

  • He's paid for his own health insurance since elected, and vows to do so until everyone in his district has health care.

  • He was a leader in the House in creating the Children's Health Insurance Program, the initiative that now provides coverage to millions of children of working parents across our nation.

With Ted's strong progressive record, it might be surprising to learn that he represents a district that voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004.  It's Ted's crossover appeal to Republican voters that makes him such a formidable candidate. Ted is a Democrat who fought against CAFTA and NAFTA, who voted against and criticized the Iraq War, who supports choice, organized labor, and fiscal responsibility through opposition to the Bush tax cuts and protecting Social Security, and still wins big in Republican areas of the state.   Democrats can win in 2006 by unifying Ohioans around a vision for the future, and Ted has a long and successful history of doing just that.

It's not just what Ted has done that makes him a great candidate for the governor's seat - it's what he wants to do.  A tireless fighter for Ohio's workers, Ted is committed to making Ohio an economic engine: the goal of Ohio must not be to keep pace with the rest of the nation, but to lead it.  That means promoting research and innovation in areas such as energy and technology, making Ohio's universities top-flight and affordable, and making Ohio's school system, declared unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court, law-abiding and capable of delivering a basic, equal education to all Ohio children.   This is a state riddled with corruption...but it's also a state with so much potential and hope.  

This is an open letter to the blogosphere, both an introduction and a call to action.  Over the next year, we're going to be fighting a difficult and important battle.  We ask for your input and insight, your passion and energy.  When he was a child, Ted's house burned down, and he, his parents, and his eight siblings lived in a chicken shack until they could turn their barn into a permanent home.  As Ted says: "If you learn anything from living in a chicken shack, it's that things can get better."  We're at the beginning of a campaign focusing on a single goal - restoring Ohio to greatness.  Things can get better.

Jesse Taylor - Director of Online Communications
Strickland for Governor

Originally posted to Strickland For Governor on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 02:03 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  "King of the Hill" references are (none)
    too few and far between in this life! If I lived in Ohio, I'd vote for your candidate strictly for that reason. I became a regular contributor to the Ohio Dem party during 2004 campaign and have kept it up, so I feel somewhat vested in your race. Best of luck and keep posting. PS: "The boy ain't right."

    Something's happening here today -- a show of strength with your boys' brigade. Paul Weller

    by jamfan on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 02:11:42 PM PST

  •  He's got my vote (none)
    Ohio needs help, alot of help.  And I think the first step is to get somebody like Ted into the Governors office.  Somebody that can appeal to voters across the state and fight through the Republican stench of corruption.

    My only hope is that he doesn't get typecasted into the typical Democratic candidate running for Ohio office, because Ohio is not ready for that yet.  I know he's managed to get elected to Congress in his conservative district, but there's going to be alot of money thrown into statewide commercials, and that Republican machine can convince alot of people to vote against Democrats, no matter what.

    Of all statewide races, I have the most confidence in Strickland getting elected, but I'm still not that confident of it.  Plus there's the primary, I hope that won't be too big of a problem.

  •  Keep up the good work (none)
    You guys have really been working hard to get all of the endorsements you have got so far and Ted has tirelessly been traveling the state.

    Maybe its just me, but Coleman doesn't seem to be nearly as organized.

    •  Of the two (none)
      ...Strickland is FAR more organized.

      I've worked closely with people from both campaigns.  Strickland's people are far more knowledgable and far more organized.  I'm sure that everybody will learn this as more comes out about each campaign.

      "All we have to do now, is take these lies and make them true somehow" - George Michael (1990), George W. Bush (2005)

      by Jeff Seemann on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 05:02:50 PM PST

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      •  When is Stark County going to endorse? (none)
        I figure you might have some inside knowledge Jeff.  

        I mean, Ted does represent a neighboring county and all....

        •  Soon (none)
          The Chairman of the Stark County Democratic Party is a big supporter of Ted Strickland, and they have been working together for a long time.

          I'm certain that Johnnie Maier and the Stark County Dems will endorse Strickland, but I'm not certain when.

          "All we have to do now, is take these lies and make them true somehow" - George Michael (1990), George W. Bush (2005)

          by Jeff Seemann on Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 08:02:51 AM PST

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      •  "worked" (none)
        Jeff "worked" for me a short time at re:organize, which is contracted with the the Coleman campaign.  Take that fact, and the negative things he'll have to say about the campaign, with more than a few grains of salt.

        Disclosure: Senior Partner with re:organize, a political consulting firm. Current clients include Mike Coleman for Governor.

        •  I don't work for either (none)
          And though I support Ted, I've got no problems with Coleman.

          Just take it as constructive criticism from me that so far Mayor Coleman's campaign doesn't appear to this outsider to be very organized.  And the PR snafus are worrysome.  

          If we're going to win next year, we've gotta have our act together in all 88 counties and we can't afford negative press.

  •  A good introduction (none)
    I like this post, and I hope you continue to use this tone in the future.  Keep up the good work!

    "Democrats win when people think." -- Bill Clinton

    by bergerc84 on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 03:03:49 PM PST

  •  Happy for your post (none)
    Try to post every couple weeks and keep us updated to what is happening not only with your campaign but also in D.C.  Thanks
  •  Ted (none)
    Strickland defeated Nancy Hollister in 1996 by running as a real Democrat. He voted like a real Democrat.

    This didn't sit too kindly with the Ohio Repub Establishment, especially Bob "Bob" Taft.

    So in 2002, the Ohio state government tried to eliminate Strickland from Congress, splitting his district almost in half.

    Ted responds by winning several new counties, all while maintaining the most progressive voting record of any Appalachian representative.

    In 2004, in his second election in what was largely new territory for him, he received over 223,000 votes.

    If this man can't win the Ohio governor's race, we may have to apologize for every negative word spoken to the election conspiracy theorists.

    Governor Strickland - It Has To Happen.

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