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It did not takew long since Debra Pryce's retirement announcement to watch this race shpae up. On our side, of course, we have Mary Jo Kilroy makig another run at the seat in what we thought was going to be another epic fight in Central Ohio. Now, it appears that the Republicans have their man in former State Attorney General Jim Ptro. But according to Buckeye State Blog, he was not very decisive about it.

Earlier today I reported that the Franklin County GOP had approached Jim Petro with an offer to run for Congresswoman Deb Pryce's seat in OH-15. I also reported that Jim Petro had turned down the Franklin County GOPers.

Well, word has trickled down to me now that Jim Petro has CHANGED HIS MIND! Originally he told Doug Preisse "No" on the offer, but hours later recanted and agreed to run. Sounds like a real champ dedicated to this race.

I don't know a lot about the guy other than his heated primary for Governor for Ken Blackwell and that he is part of the state party's "moderate" wing. So, I am asking anyone, especially Ohio kossacks, to help us out. What do we know about the guy? Was he tied to Coigate? Any other controversies? It's time to know our opponents.

Originally posted to RandySF on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 10:45 AM PDT.

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  •  Potentially bad news for Kilroy, if true (4+ / 0-)
    One of the best known republicans in the state. Favoured by the GOP over Blackwell for his ability to appear "moderate' while embracing the requisite wingnut positions. Totally corrupt and bought-and-paid-for by special interests, one of the most tainted politicians in the state by the Coingate scandal.

    i say "potentially" bad news for Kilroy, because his high profile MAY work against him since Ohioans appear to have utterly rejected scandal-tainted Republicans last year and the district is very divided politically; it's a close one. But Petro will have the ability to raise buckets and buckets of money from his "special friends."

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

    by anastasia p on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 10:47:26 AM PDT

    •  I want to make it clear (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueEngineerInOhio, auntgigi
      Petro is NOT a "moderate," just more so than Blackwell -- but who isn't? Unfortunately, that perceptive could work in his favour. It was almost universally acknowledged that he would have been tougher for Strickland to beat last year than Blackwell. However, given his corruption and his beholdenness to wealthy interests, he would have continued the downward spiral of the state that Strickland is trying to reverse. Our competitor paper, Scene, the other Cleveland alt newsweekly, always referred to him as "the laziest man in law enforcement in Ohio," when he was attorney general (his last job) and that's accurate. This man did NOTHING to protect Ohio citizens and wsa nothing but a stooge for wealthy corporate interests.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 10:51:30 AM PDT

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  •  Under current circumstances (1+ / 0-)
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    BlueEngineerInOhio

    I just do not see this district voting for a Republican next year. Now, the climate may change substantially, but I think it's like OH-6; we can fret about who gets nominated, but as long as the Democrat is competent, we'll win.

    •  I'm thinking you may be right (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueEngineerInOhio, auntgigi
      The district isn't heavily one way or another which means it's going to trend blue. The biggest worry is Petro's ability to raise money. He has lots of rich friends he's sold pieces of the state to in the past. He's filthy when it comes to being a stooge for wealthy interests.

      I can hardly wait until Rob Portman announces his 2010 run for governor:

      "Rob Portman: He sent Ohio jobs to China."

      He's toast already.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 10:54:17 AM PDT

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  •  What about Steve Stivers? (2+ / 0-)
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    BlueEngineerInOhio, brownsox

    I would think they'd be a lot hotter on his candidacy than Petro's. Stivers is a State Senator, I believe, who served in Iraq. So he's young, reliably right-wing, and well-connected. Petro is old news.

    The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

    by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 10:55:33 AM PDT

    •  Stivers has apparently said no. (0+ / 0-)

      Just out of curiosity, is Paula Brooks out of the race on our side?

      Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

      by Arjun Jaikumar on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:23:45 AM PDT

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      •  yes (0+ / 0-)

        Kilroy is unopposed in the primary.

        Why would Stivers have said no? Last night he was a big prospect.

        The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

        by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:26:47 AM PDT

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        •  From the Buckeye State Blog (1+ / 0-)
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          The GOP's dream challenger to replace Pryce is State Senator Jim Stivers.

          Unfortunately for the Republicans, Stivers turned the Franklin County Republican Party down on the spot yesterday when approached with an offer to run. Since Stivers is up for re-election in the Senate, and approaching an opportunity to serve as Senate President, he views a run for Congress to risky in a district clearly trending Democrat.

          The world is so cold and the rhythm is your blanket, wrap yourself up in it, if you love it then you'll thank it.

          by Ajax the Greater on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:30:05 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know why (0+ / 0-)

          but SSP links to Buckeye State Blog, which claims that he said no, outright.

          The reasoning, I guess, is that he may become Senate President if he sticks around, and might lose the race if he does not.

          Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

          by Arjun Jaikumar on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:31:06 AM PDT

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  •  Petro was AG under Taft correct? (0+ / 0-)

    Guy must have a ton of dirt on him, dirt which likely wouldnt take much time to find.  Also, didnt Blackwell beat him in the primary to take on Strickland?  Maybe we can find some of the dirt which Blackwell inevitably used in the primary.

    I dont remember specifics, but I do remember thinking that this Petro guy was a real piece of work, and that he had a whole bunch of corrupt crap in his recent past which would be useful, especially in Ohio, where I understand the Publican party brand remains incredibly toxic (deservedly so)...

    The world is so cold and the rhythm is your blanket, wrap yourself up in it, if you love it then you'll thank it.

    by Ajax the Greater on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:27:25 AM PDT

    •  update from the Ohio Democratic Party (3+ / 0-)
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      Quick on their feet, the Ohio Democratic Party released the following press release slamming a Petro candidacy:

         News accounts report that Congresswoman Deborah Pryce will announce that she will not run for Congress in Ohio's 15th Congressional District. So, which Jim Petro will run for Congress?

         Is it the Jim Petro who was under FBI Investigation?

         Is it the Jim Petro who ignored the Securities and Exchange Commission's warnings that Ohio Worker's Compensation investors were being ripped off and let the Noe CoinGate scandal occur right under his nose?

         Is it the Jim Petro that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission found violated his staff's civil rights by not promoting and hiring them based on race?

         Is it the Jim Petro who was the Cuyahoga County Commissioner? Note: It is more than a 2 hour drive from Cuyahoga County to central Ohio where the 15th is located.

         Is it the Jim Petro who lurched to the right to combat Ken Blackwell in the Republican Primary for Governor?

      The world is so cold and the rhythm is your blanket, wrap yourself up in it, if you love it then you'll thank it.

      by Ajax the Greater on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:29:00 AM PDT

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    •  The dirt's in plain sight (0+ / 0-)
      No digging required. He WAS the face of Coingate and all the other scandals that have swirled aroud Ohio in the last two years as the GOP juggernaut has collapsed. He did absolutely nothing as attorney general except take money from special interests.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:39:33 AM PDT

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  •  One word, corrupt. eom (0+ / 0-)

    Get the urge to purge!

    by 0hio on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 12:44:20 PM PDT

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