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Mike Pence to campaign for Troy Balderson in Ohio: Capitol Letter

July 30, 2018

Mike Pence to campaign for Troy Balderson in Ohio: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

Bringing in the big guns: Vice President Mike Pence will be in Newark on Monday afternoon to campaign for 12th Congressional District Republican nominee Troy Balderson. The vice president is the most prominent campaign surrogate to date in the OH-12 special-election race; Pence attended a fundraiser for Balderson last month, but it wasn’t open to the public. Also coming in: U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who was in Columbus Friday for a Balderson fundraiser. Dead heat? OH-12 Democratic nominee Danny O’Connor released a new campaign poll Friday showing him only two percentage points behind Balderson (or three, depending if you round up or down). Either way, that’s within the survey’s +/- 4.4 percent margin of error. The poll was conducted from July 23 to 25 among 500 likely special-election voters. November preview? The winner of the OH-12 special election will only hold office for 100 days or so before having to defend the seat in November. But as cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson writes, “the political storylines and momentum from the race are the true victory for the parties in this district.” The race “has all the makings of a bellwether-esque race,” as the Central Ohio district is “exactly the kind of district the Democrats have to perform well in if they want any chance of taking back the House.”

Gov hopefuls disagree on Issue 1: In a throwback to political campaigning of old, gubernatorial nominees Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine mounted a “soapbox” (a small stage amid hay bales) at the Ohio State Fair on Saturday to appeal directly to passers-by. As the Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow reports, the two candidates mostly stuck to their stump speeches, though the two disagreed on Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders (Cordray supports it; DeWine opposes it). Also speaking: O’Connor and Democratic attorney general nominee Steve Dettelbach. Balderson rallies supporters: While O’Connor was at the state fair, Balderson was in Delaware County with Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jim Renacci and DeWine to kick off the Republican National Committee’s week of action, in which more than 600 volunteers will be sent out across the state. The Dispatch’s Ludlow and Owen Daugherty have details.

Peer pressure: Last week, the RNC sent pro-Balderson mailers to many OH-12 GOP voters stating, “What will your neighbors say about you if you don’t vote? Remember, voting is public record.” As the Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland notes, the public can only see if you voted in a given election, not who you voted for.

Will payday bill end up in court? State Rep. Bill Seitz explained to cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock one of the reasons why he opposed the bill: A part of it may be unconstitutional. Meantime, payday lenders say they’re evaluating the bill’s potentially unconstitutional implications. 

Debating over debates: It appears that Renacci and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown are going to have three debates in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus before the November election, according to cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias. The times and dates have yet to be determined, though, and Renacci’s campaign hopes to add at least one additional debate. The announcement, however, came amid quibbling between the two campaigns over what exactly was agreed upon. Outside influences? The Manchester Guardian’s Ben Jacobs has an overview of the Ohio gubernatorial race, stating “Much will revolve around the two most significant Ohio politicians of the modern era, Senator Sherrod Brown and Governor John Kasich.” But DeWine’s running mate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, told Jacobs that his ticket is “not going to debate what John Kasich or what Donald Trump does. It’s about what we want to do going forward in the future.” First in the union: “The Ohio Democratic Party voluntarily recognized its midterm-election campaign workers’ labor union on Friday, making it the first state political party in the country with a unionized organizing staff,” the Huffington Post’s Daniel Marans reports. “Over 90 percent of non-management workers on the state party’s coordinated midterm election team, known as the Campaign for Ohio, signed a letter to the party designating the Campaign Workers Guild as their collective bargaining agent.”

Coingate revisited: Gov. John Katich has asked the state parole board to hold a clemency hearing for Tom Noe, the former Toledo-area coin dealer and Republican fundraiser who was the central figure in the Coingate scandal, the Associated Press reports. “Noe, now 64, was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 18 years for stealing a $50 million rare-coin fund he oversaw for Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation,” the AP reported, citing a story by the Toledo Blade.

Five Questions 

Joe Manchik is the Green Party’s nominee for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, both in the Aug. 7 special election and the November general election. Manchik, a 65-year-old resident of Etna Township in Licking County, runs his own business that designs and builds voice and data communications networks for businesses. He previously ran for Congress in 2016. 1. What are the main issues you would focus on?

“One of the issues is universal, single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care. That’s something that neither [Democrat] Danny O’Connor or [Republican] Troy Balderson support.” 2. There have been calls by some Democrats that, as the third-party candidate, you should drop out because you’ll hand the race to the Republican. What do you say to those voters?

“That’s bull----. The Democrat should drop out. The Democrat and the Republican should both drop out, and they should let me win the election. That’s the way I see it. Because neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party actually represent the American people today.” 3. Given the current political system where people need millions of dollars to run and win, how do you think you’ll be able to win without large amounts of money?

“By getting the word out about my candidacy and the Green Party of the United States on social-media platforms. That’s what we’ve got to work with, and that’s what we’re using.” 4. Many Green Party candidates go out on social media, yet there’s not one Green Party member of Congress. What are you going to do differently?

“We’re going to keep on plugging away. It might take longer for us to win elections, but we’re going to keep at it. I recently heard that I’m polling at 5 percent. ...Eventually, I can see a Green Party majority in Congress. That’s going to take a few years of hard work, but we’re willing to do it.” 5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen while on the campaign trail?

“Probably all of the so-called journalists on TV who don’t even mention my name as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. To me, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”

On the Move Greg Moody will be executive in residence for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University starting Wednesday, according to the Ohio public radio Statehouse News Bureau. Moody has been director of the Office of Health Transformation, a policy office created by Gov. John Kasich, who is term-limited and leaving office in six months.

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Straight From The Source

“There are concerns, as I expressed, after Helsinki of an inconsistent public posture as to Russia. But in terms of policy I think the administration is doing things that are appropriate and very tough.”

- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” in support of the Trump administration’s policy despite the president’s comments during a recent summit in Helsinki.

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