Sunday, October 15, 2006



As we have noted recently, Bob Bennett and the Ohio GOP aren't stupid. They know when and where to retreat, regroup and reattack. Likewise, the Ohio Dems - instead of celebrating Strickland's victory now - should be refocusing its resources down ticket.

From the AP's Julie Carr Smyth (whose address was published by Ohio GOP operatives the last time she reported on Republican problems):
Ohio Republicans are trying to regroup amid a guilty plea Friday by U.S. Rep. Bob Ney in a Washington influence-peddling case and the trial of GOP fundraiser Tom Noe - accused of stealing from a state investment in rare coins - set to begin next week. Their national counterparts are following suit, focusing every last penny on races they believe they can win.

Those include U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine's seat, which is being hotly contested by U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown; U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce's seat, which Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy is seeking; and the seat Ney is vacating, which the party hopes state Rep. Joy Padgett can win over Democrat Zach Space.

"As races change, dynamics change," said Ed Patru, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "We're not going to continue spending money in races where we're significantly ahead and, conversely, in some races if it looks to be out of reach, you're not going to dump a bunch of money into it."


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