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Ken Blackwell calls the kettle black.

According to this morning's (page 1, above the fold) Columbus Dispatch, Blackwell had his hand in the same cookie jar Jim Petro did...

GOP foes both did no-bid deals
Blackwell denied it, but he takes money he rips Petro for taking
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Mark Niquette

Despite one-sided charges, both Republican candidates for governor have taken campaign cash from those they awarded no-bid state contracts, records show.

J. Kenneth Blackwell has criticized rival Jim Petro repeatedly in recent weeks for using lawyers who received unbid specialcounsel work from the attorney general's office as a "fundraising ATM."

But a Dispatch analysis shows Blackwell has taken thousands of dollars in contributions over time from vendors who got no-bid work from the secretary of state's office under his control.

After saying Feb. 20 that he didn't take such contributions, Blackwell said Friday they are "nominal" and pale in comparison to Petro's -- and that he hasn't used the "strong-arm tactics" he accuses Petro of employing.

Blackwell also said he would return all of his contributions from vendors who got unbid work if Petro did the same, but a Petro spokesman said Blackwell is trying to avoid being labeled a hypocrite.

"His offer doesn't change the facts: Ken Blackwell still says one thing and does another," said Bob Paduchik, Petro's campaign manager.

This is sweet. Now let's sit back and watch the Petro campaign open fire.

Originally posted to KTinOhio on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:07 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Blackwell is an asshole. (none)
    He would be the perfect candidate to represent the Repg party in Ohio. Come to think of it, he should run for national office, he represents the corrupt Repugs coast to coast.

    lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    by cabinetman1 on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:12:00 PM PST

  •  more (none)
    Isn't he under IRS investigation for having such strong ties to Rod Parsley and some other christian fuck?

    Blackwell can lick my balls.

    "The most heroic word in all languages is revolution." -Eugene V. Debs

    by monkey6079 on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:20:48 PM PST

  •  He's a vortex of evil (4.00)
    That man can't be allowed to become governor. Interesting article about him here:

    Also, I just diaried about the launch of We Believe--which is new group of Ohio religious leaders that wants to fight the far right for the microphone (as described here)

    Here's the diary link

    •  and, check out... (none)
      this diary to read about some of the scary theocrats that Blackwell has been holding hands with.  

      Do not be overwhelmed by the enormity of the world's grief...You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

      by Albatross on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:45:31 PM PST

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    •  Evil He May Be (0+ / 0-)

      My general feeling is that Blackwell will lose, but in a very close election.  Quite a few people in the south of the state really aren't happy with the Republicans, but they wouldn't vote for a Dem if their life depended on it.

      Something that just occured is that the Libertarians and Greens are running candidates as well ("other-party" candidates here).  I don't know how their signature gathering is going, but they could hold quite a bit of influence in what seems to be a very close race.

      I'm still certain that what motivates me
      Is more rewarding than any piece of paper could be -- Dennis Lyxzén

      by stinerman on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:57:41 AM PST

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  •  saw that... (none)
    first thing this morning & it warmed my heart.  I love the smell of front-page truth in the morning!

    Blackwell is a nightmare and he must be stopped.  

    Do not be overwhelmed by the enormity of the world's grief...You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

    by Albatross on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:42:18 PM PST

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