Mike Turner, Dennis Kucinich- both vote against final bailout plan

Jane Mitakides can’t tell me how she’d vote on the $700 Billion Bailout. I called, I wrote- and no answer. Probably can expect the same kind of response if she gets elected.

In the politics makes strange bedfellows department, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Turner both voted against the “reformulated, new and improved bailout of the uber rich” which hands the bill for the excesses of Wall Street to the poor people on Main Street. See the final House roll call vote here.

In business, we always have at least three options to consider to solve any problem- without being overly creative. In government, it seems we only have one. Guess what? If you need any more proof that our politicians are the best that money can buy- just look at the pork that was added to the same stinker, to get the 12 extra votes they needed.

Kudo’s to Turner for voting for the people and against this crap fest. He may have actually won my vote this November.

Finally, someone else asks about the Jane Mitakides “business woman” title

I always wondered how Jane Mitakides used to get away with saying she was in advertising. I’m in advertising, and I never saw her at any advertising function. Next, she was in the dental waste recycling business, but when I looked for a business with her name attached, I came up with nothing. Finally, Greg Gantt and I agree on something- Jane’s credentials as a “business woman” are about as good as Mike Turners as an “urban champion” (remember, as soon as he lost as mayor, he moved to a gated community in Centerville).

Gantt get’s it right in the DDN:

Montgomery County Republican Chairman Greg Gantt on Thursday, Aug. 21, sent out a press release questioning whether Jane Mitakides, who has described herself as a businesswoman, has any businesses at all.

“If she has a business, where is her office, who are her clients, and why did she not disclose the business on her personal disclosure form?” Gantt’s release said. ” If she does not have a business, why in the world is she claiming to be a businessperson?”

Mitakides responded that she could “convene a panel of 100 people who’ve done business with me. I’m a very successful businesswoman who sold my business.”

As for the $59,000, she said she earned the salary managing her husband’s dental practice. She said she disclosed her income with the U.S. House of Representatives, which congressional candidates are required to do.

“Clearly Mike Turner can’t defend himself so he’s sending the party to attack me,” she said. “What surprises me about it is it’s so amateurish and ham-handed.”

Candidate’s credentials called into question.

The reality is- Jane is a socialite. Her business is conducted at Country Clubs and Democratic party shindigs.

She’s cut from the exact same cloth that Turner has aspired to.

The only difference between the two- Barack Obama will actually talk to Jane once he’s elected President. Turner will be scorned.

But at no point, will Jane ever be anything other than a Country Club democrat.

Need a reminder:

Brilliant political rhetoric in the OH-3 race

In the discussion about Congressman Turner’s wife, Lori and her questionable ethics (accepting work from clients who want to curry favor with her husband- or no bid contracts from quasi-government organizations) we reach an all time high point in the discussion of disclosure thanks to the brilliant Montgomery County Republican Party chairman:

County Republican Party Chairman Gregory Gantt shot back: “Why not disclose what kind of toilet paper he uses? Where do you stop?”

Where do we stop? When Turner comes clean about how his wife is doing work for the same Home Depot PAC that gave Mikey the maximum money. How’s that for starters?

Mike Turner, R-Centerville, said Tuesday night, Aug. 19, that he was not required to disclose the company because it was a partially owned subsidiary of his wife’s marketing company, called The Turner Effect.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Mike Turner said that all of the information about his wife’s business is public record “and has been fully disclosed.”

Yet, we’re just finding out about the Peebles partnership now? Never mind how the no-bid contract with the Dayton Development Coalition managed to fly under the radar until both the costs were out of hand and the product was DOA (see “Get Midwest” on this site)

Henry Eckhart, a Columbus lawyer who chaired the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio from 1971 to 1973, questioned why the House Ethics Committee would fail to require spouses from disclosing their subsidiaries.

“That’s crazy,” he said. “Then all they’ve got to do is form a subsidiary and you can conceal anything.”

Of course, since Mike Turner has a law degree, he likes to think he knows better than everyone else- one only needs to look at this post, and his arrogance in Congress to see what kind of loser we’ve got representing us in DC.

Lori Turner’s connection to Peebles was first revealed in an article in the September issue of Mother Jones magazine titled “honey, i got the earmark.” The story called into question the Peebles Homes relationship and suggested that Mike Turner has obtained federal earmarks which benefited Peebles.

“I hope the local Democrats are doing more research than just reading the pot smokers’ magazine,” Gantt said of Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization that boasts of its “smart, fearless journalism.”

Once again, Gantt makes an idiot of himself.

Peebles did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Lori Turner accuses the Dayton Daily News of misrepresentation.

“In the last 14 months the DDN has run 9 articles based on misrepresentation and innuendo attacking my business even though I meet the highest standards for public disclosure and accountability. It’s shameful,” she said.

Lori, what’s really shameful is charging the Dayton Development Coalition around $400,000 for the “Get Midwest” campaign that doesn’t relate or benefit Dayton or the region.

Democrats said they found it odd that a marketing firm would have a subsidiary that builds homes. “I do find that interesting,” said Jane Mitakides, Turner’s Democratic challenger in the November election. “And because Mrs. Turner’s business is that of communications and her Web site is so complete in listing clients and core competencies, I find it interesting that this subsidiary is never mentioned.”

She said the larger issue is whether any of Turner’s contributors are drawing improper benefits from federal earmarks obtained by Turner.

“It seems to represent, at best, a very serious error in judgment and quite possibly more than that,” she said.

Jane better up her game if she thinks this is going to do damage.

Turner defended his earmarks.

“These projects have helped create jobs, improve neighborhoods, and build new roads,” he said, adding that the earmarks being questioned support the CareSource project and the Austin Road interchange. “Perhaps my opponent should identify the federal dollars she would like to give back.”

Turner taking heat over wife’s business.

So, Turner is all for earmarks and pork, guess Mother Jones got it right.

Is Mitakides clueless or desperate, or both?

This is Jane’s idea? Hang out with Jerry Springer. What voters does she think she’s going to reach with this message? Jane and the king of trash TV? Turner might want to distance himself from GWB- but, I don’t think he’s stupid enough to go hang out with a guy who once wrote a check to a hooker.

The Party of Jerry Springer?

Via email, Jane Mitakides, congressional candidate for Ohio’s 3rd district, has just invited me to “Cocktails and Conversation” with special guest Jerry Springer.

Now, I spent a fair amount of time with the infamous Mr. Springer–on the phone and in person–when he was toying with a congressional run of his own a few years back. When it comes to politics, he’s a nice, serious, and surprisingly earnest guy.

But we are also talking about the godfather of trash tv. Arguably no name–not Paris, Britney, or even Lindsay–says “debased culture” quite like Jerry Springer. The man has a comic opera named after him for god sake.

So I’m wondering: Celebrity value notwithstanding, is it really wise for any Democrat to publicize Springer as a political compatriot? It’s risky business in an average year, considering Republicans’ penchant for painting Dems as out-of-touch-with-mainstream-America, Hollywood-star-huggers. In a year where John McCain is cutting tacky commercials trying to link Barack Obama with Paris Hilton, the strategy seems even more fraught.

Can’t you just see the attack ads now, pics of Mitakides arm-in-arm with Springer, intercut with footage from Springer’s show featuring fisticuffs between white-trash pedophilic meth dealers?

–Michelle Cottle

The Party of Jerry Springer? – The Plank.

I know Jerry Springer is a liberal, and that he can raise money. But, when we’re talking about a serious run, for a serious job, is this sideshow circus really what a serious candidate should be doing?

Unfortunately, I’ve heard Jane speak a few times- and don’t think she’s much less of a talking mouthpiece than Turner.

Please tell me we have a Libertarian or Green Party candidate for OH-3. Please.

Here is the invite info: (I was invited too)

Cocktails and Conversation
“Turning the Page, Making a Difference”
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
VIP Reception 5:30pm
Main Event 6:15pm
5323 Split Rail Road
Dayton, Ohio 45429
Main Event $150/person RSVP to Ashton at 937-610-0555
VIP Reception & Main Event $500/person or [email protected]
Cocktails & Hors D’ Oeuvres

Candidates Forum Mar 1 at 4pm!

Sorry for the last minute announcement. Mar 1 at 4pm at Shroyer Road Baptist Church there will be a candidates forum. This may be your only chance to actually hear the candidates for Congress in OH-3 since these events have been few and far between.

Shroyer Road Baptist Church is at 508 Shroyer Rd. Dayton OH 45419

You can hear me, Jane Mitakides, Charles W. Sanders who are all running for the Democratic nomination to run against Michael R. Turner, the 3 term Republican incumbent.

You can also stop by the Second Street public market 600 E. Second Street, today to pick up information on my campaign between 8am and 3pm. We’ll be at the East end in a booth near the Humane Society.