Ted Strickland's officially running for Senate, but his campaign is already off to a rocky start.
Cleveland.com reports what Rob Portman's campaign manager, Corry Bliss, is saying about Strickland:
"Ohio workers deserve so much more than what Ted Strickland delivered as governor. While Rob Portman fights every day to expand opportunity for Ohio workers, Ted Strickland's tenure as governor saw hundreds of thousands of job losses that rocked local communities all over the state. And our campaign looks forward to discussing the contrast between the kind of future Ohioans deserve and the difficult past when Ohio struggled under Strickland."
It's not just the Portman campaign that recognizes Strickland's weak candidacy. Brent Larkin, former editorial director of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, also blasts Strickland's electability:
A party that trots out a 73-year-old man with an uncommonly vulnerable record as its candidate for a precious U.S. Senate seat is a party with problems.
Worse yet would be if that senior citizen was unfortunate enough to serve one term as governor during a period when Ohio lost nearly 400,000 jobs.
Yet that's exactly where Democrats seem to be headed as former Gov. Ted Strickland announced this week he will challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman in next year's election.
Dr. Jason Johnson, a political science professor at Ohio's Hiram College, explains that Rob Portman has the clear edge over Retread Ted.
I don't know if there is that much political space for Ted Strickland to come in and knock out Rob Portman. Portman is the incumbent, he is reasonably popular, and Ted Strickland is not a great campaigner.
Rob Portman is a commonsense conservative with a strong record of serving all Ohioans. Strickland is fighting a losing battle.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Harry Reid has been accused of ethics violations:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) illegally used official Senate resources for political purposes, according to an ethics complaint filed this week.
A reported meeting between Reid and his caucus in which the Nevada Democrat promoted his 2016 reelection campaign violated Senate ethics rules, the complaint alleges.
The Free Beacon explains the complaint and the group who made it:
“Senator Reid’s actions appear to make a mockery of both the Senate Ethics Rules and federal law,” the complaint states. “He reportedly announced his reelection campaign from the confines of an official Senate meeting room located mere steps from the Senate floor.”
The complaint was filed on Tuesday by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a new conservative ethics watchdog group run by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker. ... Ethics rules prohibit senators from using official resources “to assist campaign organization.” The chamber’s ethics manual prohibits “campaign activity in federal buildings.”
It seems Reid is trying to enjoy power without responsibility.
In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank argues that Senate Democrats are holding up DHS funding to score cynical political points:
For Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats, revenge is a dish best served bold. ... just weeks into their stint in the minority, Democrats are brazenly using the same knot-tying procedures. Four times, they used filibusters to block the majority from bringing up a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would undo President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
Milbank concludes his article with an apt summary of Harry Reid's dishonest actions: "Power without responsibility: Such are the perverse pleasures of being in the minority in today’s Washington."
Ted Strickland is running for Senate in Ohio, but ABC News reports that he'll have a hard time running away from his record:
Earlier this month, news that the Buckeye Firearms Association was questioning Strickland on gun rights, one of his strongest issues with swing voters in the closely divided state, was redistributed by the Republican National Senatorial Committee and the Ohio Republican Party.
The committee has also drawn attention to Ohio Coal Association criticism that Strickland's policy stances had turned unfriendly to an industry the Appalachian native long supported.