Qualifications for running for congress as set out by the founding fathers:
Be 25 or older
Live in the US for over 7 years.
New qualifications for Congress according to media, politicians, and stupid voters:
Spend at least a million dollars with the media, be a career politician, and don’t say anything that sounds like you have a mind of your own.
Sell out to special interests to get the million dollars.
Be a stuffed suit. Preferably a lawyer.
Mike Turner, “our” congressman fits description two perfectly. His well oiled machine even had some idiot voters having Turner signs next to Obama signs in the last 2 elections.
If you listen to Mike Turner, his favorite thing to say is “I work for Wright Patterson Air Force Base”- even though he voted to shut it down along with the rest of the government.
Political races shouldn’t be defined by dollars in the campaign fund, they should be defined by ideas. Right now with an overwhelming number of Americans believing used car salesman or trained monkeys could do a better job in Congress, it’s sad that when a decent guy, a school teacher, decides to run for Congress because he meets qualifications of the founding fathers, he is totally ignored because he doesn’t meet the “New Qualifications” of being what I like to call “the best politician money can buy.”
I sat down and talked with Rob Klepinger for a short interview so you can see what a real person running for Congress sounds and looks like. He doesn’t have a proper campaign site up, and he’s not raised enough money to have to file campaign reports, but if you are sick of a dysfunctional Congress- you may want to amble over to Facebook and at least like his page: www.facebook.com/RobKlepCongress
The current Ohio district 10 contains all of Montgomery County and Greene County and a sliver of Fayette County.
Tonight I screen with the Montgomery County Democratic Party screening committee- the “inner circle” of the private club that believes it’s in their best interest to pick candidates in primaries. The Greene County party, refuses to endorse in primaries- understanding that a primary is exactly that: a chance for the party’s voters to make a choice. The Montgomery County Dems could easily endorse every candidate who screens in the Dayton City Commission race who is a Democrat, and hope that the primary knocks out Republican candidates, but, that wouldn’t be their style.
They like to pick people like Clayton Luckie (convicted yesterday of a host of felonies related to theft in office, as a sitting Ohio State representative) who are part of the “Monarchy of Montgomery County” that keeps the patronage/favoritism operation going in political offices across the county.
In my last race, the party endorsed Sharen Neuhardt to run against Mike Turner. They believed her “fundraising abilities” would give them a chance to take on Mike Turner. Of course, people who raise a lot of money then spend it hiring their friends to work on campaigns, and buy printing from “union shops” (a farce today in the printing industry) and still lose thanks to gerrymandering and a total incompetence of the local parties at real voter activation (the Obama campaign doesn’t use the local data or network of workers to run their campaign- which was successful).
Take a look at the numbers and weep:
Michael R. Turner (R) * Winner (60% of vote) 208,201 ($5.16 per vote)
Cash on Hand: $287,565
Last Report: November 26, 2012
Small Contributions $32,139 (3%)
Large Contributions $748,160 (61%)
PAC contributions $441,115 (36%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $715 (0%)
Sharen Neuhardt (D) (37% of vote) 131,097 ($4.36 per vote)
For comparison, in the non-presidential year 2010, the very lame Democratic candidate, Joe Roberts, a 25-year-old Democratic party pogue, received 31% of the vote raising $7,322 and “spending” $6,170 ( I have spending in quotes because he skipped out of town on his campaign office rent- owing a single mother who owned the property several thousand dollars). For Sharen Neuhardt, who put almost 3x her own money in than Joe Roberts spent in total and still only getting 6% more of the vote in a much easier district to campaign in, is criminal. This wasn’t Sharen’s first rodeo, she had her inaugural 2008 debacle against Steve Austria where she was running for an open seat and spent $838,992 to get 42% (113,099 or $7.422 per vote) of the vote.
I’ll post my answers to the Screening Committee questions like I have in the past. But, at some point, it sure would be nice to:
run in a race that was measured by the quality of your ideas, instead of your ability to waste money on campaign trash.
have a political party that cares more about winning seats than seating friends and family
be elected by voters who are well informed, having resources to properly educate themselves on the issues and the candidates.
Until then- we’ll continue to have the best politicians money can buy.
And- as a side note, another one of campaign ads has won an ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation. Last year, my foreclosure spot won a silver and this year the panhandling campaign won (I won’t know what level Gold, Silver, Bronze till mid-February).
Recap: Neuhardt will raise taxes on the richest 2% and set their tax rate to what it was when Bill Clinton was president.
Turner says Neuhardt will raise taxes so government can keep spending more.
Nothing else was said.
Neuhardt wanted 3 questions answered by Turner- in both her opening and closing statements, but never inserted them into the “debate.” She mentioned the no-bid contract to his wife in the open- and forgot about it. She made the unfounded claim that Turner wants to cripple WPAFB with sequestration because of his unwillingness to raise taxes on the top 2%. She wanted to know why should Turner be reelected to Congress and lastly, She wanted to know why he spent over $200K of his campaign money on legal defense- yet, despite being a lawyer, seemed unprepared to answer the question.
Good lawyers always know the answer to the questions they ask.
At no point did she bring up any substantive ideas for how to change business as usual in Congress. She heard lots of ideas when she was facing 5 candidates (including me) in the primary- and yet, all she could do is regurgitate the standard party lines.
When Turner talked about his having the support of named Democrats- the Mayors of Miamisburg and Huber Heights- she couldn’t come back with a name of a single “republican business leader” she claimed to have discussed Turner’s performance with.
Turner has questions to answer- Neuhardt can’t ask them. Turner makes the argument that Neuhardt is untested, unknown, that she hasn’t served in office, on non-profits, local leadership. He’s right.
When he talked about Congress picking winners and losers with the bail outs- she could have come right back with the pickings of winners and losers like the development she now works in- Austin Landing, something Turner crows about as part of his Congressional pork he’s brought to town at great expense to Downtown Dayton- where Sharen used to work.
This was the first time Sharen had even seen Turner, since he feels no need to go to local candidates nights. She barely knew the man. If this is the best that the Democratic party can come up with, there will be no surprise when Turner wins with 60+% of the vote on November 6.
And, just maybe, if she’d said more than “my daddy was a Dayton Police officer, I went to Fairview, I’m a lawyer and I own a farm in Yellow Springs” while she was on the campaign trail- she wouldn’t have wasted 20 seconds of every answer with “uhs’ and “ums” and looking at notecards. This stuff should have been easy. Turner is a millionaire thanks to his pay-to-play positions in Congress and needs to be exposed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
It’s time to demand better from the local Democratic party. We can’t continue to send lambs to the slaughter.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pulled back at least a week of advertising it had planned to run in support of Yellow Springs lawyer Sharen Neuhardt in her bid against Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville.
Her site only has her appearing at a few events before election day and the first ad of the campaign is focused on her- not on the voters-
Her only claim is that she’ll stop tax breaks for companies that outsource- an odd claim, since in her professional role as a corporate attorney, she represents companies that do just that.
Take a look at her campaign site: http://www.neuhardtforcongress.com/ see if you find anything compelling to give you a reason to vote for her. The juvenile references to sitting congressman Mike Turner as “Mike “who” Turner” show that she not only severely underestimates her opponent, but lacks respect for the office.
Considering she’s raised more than Turner, she’s still behind (she was carrying almost $100k in debt from her last run)
One of the few exceptions was in Ohio’s newly drawn 10th district, where Democrat Sharen Neuhardt, a Yellow Springs attorney, raised more than twice what U.S. Rep. Mike Turner did during the first quarter of 2012. She raised $224,903 to Turner’s $111,950. The district includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette County.
But Turner still has an overall financial advantage — as of March 31, he had more than twice what Neuhardt had in the bank — $421,953 to her $186,709.
Turner’s campaign has raised $701,121 to date this election, and has $6,996 in debt. Neuhardt, who ran against Rep. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek in 2008, meanwhile, had $92,000 in debt.
Even with the redistricting that makes OH-10 more competitive, the only chance of anyone beating Turner would require a massive, well organized ground game, hard hitting attacks on Turner, and a message- or for Turner to do an Anthony Wiener. Counting on Obama’s coattails isn’t going to do it- in 2008, I remember seeing Turner signs right next to Obama signs in the area showing how ineffective 5 different campaigns have been in challenging the urban myth that Turner is a some sort of progressive urbanist when in fact he’s a neo-con puppet.
Last night, Congressman Mike Turner had at least one team in East Dayton putting yard signs in yards with a door hanger thanking the home owner for supporting Mike Turner- without permission.
I know this because I’ve gotten calls and e-mails from ticked off friends who wouldn’t vote for Turner unless a million dollars was about to be deposited in their Swiss Bank accounts.
If Sharen Neuhardt, his opponent in OH-10, had a campaign worth a wooden nickle, they’d be offering a sign replacement service- guaranteed within 8 hours, we’ll pick up your Turner sign and replace it with a Neuhardt sign.
I think I’m starting to see a pattern. I’ve bid on a few smaller government projects as an SDVOB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business) which is supposed to help my small business get a piece of the government. Even when I’m the low bidder, it somehow never comes our way.
So when I saw a small local company win a contract (a company I’d never heard of before) the first place I looked was the FEC donations pages. But first, the DBJ article:
A local defense contractor has seen a flurry of new activity, including a $3.7 million deal for a high-profile client.
Beavercreek-based Sawdey Solutions Services Inc. was recently awarded a one-year contract to provide program management support services for the Defense Department’s comptroller.
As a result, the 58-employee company is gearing up to hire at least 14 people who will be stationed in Virginia at the Defense Logistics Agency, which issued the contract. About half of Sawdey Solutions’ workers are in the Dayton area.
Connie Sawdey, president of the company, said her small business was hand-picked for the latest job, which is a big deal. She expects the award to boost the company’s reputation and past-performance record, which is critical to being competitive in the defense industry.
Note, no presidential donations, no other candidate donations, no party donations- all to Mike Turner and Steve Austria.
Unlike my donation page, or Ron Paul’s, or the President’s, Mike Turner doesn’t require people to say that they aren’t a government contractor. He just makes sure they aren’t a foreigner and giving too much per cycle:
I affirm that the following statements are true and accurate:
By submitting your contribution you are acknowledging that you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident and that this contribution is not made from any funds associated with a corporation, labor organization, or national bank.
Contributions to Citizens for Turner are not tax deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. The maximum one individual may contribute is $2,500 per election. Federal law requires political committees to use their best efforts to obtain and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Corporations and foreign nationals without a green card are prohibited from contributing.
And the one contract my firm was recently dismissed from as a subcontractor (after 7 months of providing the technical basis of performing the contract for free)- a smaller VA contract, I went and looked, the Prime had given $1,000 to the RNC.
You won’t see my name on a donation of over $250 to a congressman, is that why I never see my name on a government contract?
If New York City can have the services of Michael Bloomberg for a dozen years, why can’t Dayton benefit from having local business legend Clay Mathile take the helm as the new Montgomery County Administrator now that Deb Feldman has found her soft landing which so many of our local political has beens seem to find.
Instead, our county commission is announcing the de rigueur “national search” to find Feldman’s replacement:
Deputy County Administrator Joe Tuss will be named interim county administrator. County Commission President Judy Dodge anticipates a national search for Feldman’s replacement.
Feldman’s leaving this year came as no surprise to anyone, it has been known for over a year by insiders. The real question is why, if Feldman was such a capable leader, do we need to do a search at all? Why hadn’t she groomed a stable of capable replacements. As I’ve said before, true leaders build organizations that can continue smoothly after they leave. Despite various pundits claiming Apple without Steve Jobs was doomed, its stock price has almost doubled since Jobs’s death and the profits keep soaring. Granted, the real question comes after 2-3 years to see if the product innovation pipeline continues to deliver smash products, but for now, look at how smoothly the company transitioned leadership.
Besides being well known in the region, he’s also someone who chose to build a business here and did it successfully. His focus on high-performance organizations has been backed up with his kind donation of Aileron to the community- a business institute committed to improving businesses for the health of our community. He knows our community well, as well as all the major players and could be the one leader who is capable of moving regional cooperation and consolidation forward without having any of our mini-fiefdom leaders toe the line and get in step.
And of course, while we’d be more than happy to pay him what Feldman makes or more, I’m pretty sure he’d work for a $1 a year, and attract a whole bunch of new talent to the ranks of county government of young bright talent who know the value of the experience of working with a business tycoon. Gone would be the legions of sycophants and patronage peons who grace every floor of the county building, putting in their time for their almighty pension payoff.
Sure the argument can be made that at 71, why would Mathile do this? Bloomberg seems to have found new energy as mayor of NYC and would have been more than happy to serve another term. If Bloomberg can, why can’t Mathile?
Our region needs a transformational leader more than ever, and the short list of possible candidates is small. My second choice would be to recruit David Hopkins from Wright State or possibly Dan Curran from UD. Former hospital network CEO’s could also be on the shortlist.
If we’re going to rebuild this community, we should begin by realizing that we have local talent, we only need to look around and think of what could be, instead of what we’ve done in the past. The past is what got us here, time to move on.
I welcome your suggestions, comments or candidate submissions on this post.
Who cares that you start your campaign $92K in the hole, as soon as you turn on the new campaign, the money rolls in, $97,510, and you pay off your former political consultant a 4-year-old debt of $5k, you start paying yourself back on the loans you made, and you collect the money for the primary AND the general all at once (two checks of $2,500) as if the law that limits the campaign to $2,500 per cycle makes a difference. You don’t play by the rules the everyday candidate has to play by.
Take a look at this filing from the FEC. Her check of $2,700 to NGP VAN for her software rental was almost half of all I raised.
She hired a staffer (obviously to call donors for her) Uriah Anderson, for about $1,600 every two weeks. She spent $19,873.02 and this was the filing through Feb. 15th (I was too busy running to do the proper reporting).
We have the best candidate money could buy- and she won with a paltry 7,530 votes. That works out to: $12.95 a vote.
If she continues on that pace, and has to beat just Turner’s primary vote- of 79,548 at $12,95 a vote, she needs to raise: $1,030,123 ignoring the fact that the general election will have a much higher turnout. No matter what, she’s going to need at least 2 commas in her campaign chest.
With the last-minute changes to the congressional districts in December 2011, residents of the northern part of Fayette County found themselves with a new incumbent congressman, Mike Turner, and a new divide in their community. This article from the Washington Court House Record-Herald comes in handy to find out who your congressman is or will be:
For those who are still uncertain as to which Congressional District they now live in since the redrawing of Ohio’s district lines, the Fayette County Board of Elections website has a feature that can help.
By visiting www.electionsonthe.net/oh/fayette/ and clicking on the “Am I Registered?” link on the left side of the page, registered voters can see which U.S. Congressional, State Senate, State House, and Court of Appeals districts in which they reside and what races they will be voting on at Tuesday’s primary election.
When Ohio’s lawmakers split Fayette County into the newly-formed 10th, the northern half of the county, and 15th Congressional District, the southern half, there was much uncertainty among county residents. Through the use of of a satellite mapping system put together by Scott Cormany, the GIS Director with the Fayette County Auditor’s Office, the local Board of Elections office was able to pinpoint the district in which every county residence is located.
“There’s not much change at all with the polling locations,” said Jamie Brooks, the director of the local Board of Elections. “There is only two voting precincts that are split into two different Congressional Districts.”
These two precincts are the Jasper Township precinct and the Union Township Southwest precinct. Only the southern-most corner of Jasper Township and a portion of Union Township below the city of Washington C.H. is located in the 15th District.
The 10th Congressional District includes: the entire city of Washington C.H. (all 11 precincts), the Jefferson Township north and south precincts, the village of Jeffersonville, Madison Township, Marion Township, Paint Township, the village of Bloomingburg, the Union Township east and north precincts as well as part of the southwest precinct, and part of Jasper Township.
The 15th Congressional District includes: Concord Township, Green Township, Perry Township, Wayne Township, part of Jasper Township and part of the Union Township southwest precinct.
Registered Republicans who live in the 10th Congressional District will have to decide between Mike Turner, John D. Anderson, and Edward Focke Breen for Congressional representative. For U.S. Senator, they will vote for one of Josh Mandel, Michael L. Pryce, David W. Dodt, Donna K. Glisman, and Eric LaMont Gregory.
Registered Democrats who live in the 10th Congressional District will have to decide between Mack Van Allen, David Esrati, Olivia Freeman, Tom McMasters, Sharen Swartz Neuhardt and Ryan Steele for Congressional representative. For U.S. Senator, the only choice is incumbent Sherrod Brown.
Registered Republicans who live in the 15th Congressional District, will vote for one of Charles Chope and Steve Stivers for Congressional representative. For U.S. Senator, they will also vote for one of Mandel, Pryce, Dodt, Glisman and Gregory.
Registered Democrats who live in the 15th Congressional District will decide between Pat Lang and Scott Wharton for Congressional representative. For U.S. Senator, the only candidate is incumbent Sherrod Brown.
From the field of Republican candidates for President of the United States, all of Fayette County will choose between: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
For Democrats who would like to vote in the Republican primary or Republicans who would like to vote in the Democratic primary, all’s you have to do is ask for a Republican or Democratic ballot. However for those who choose to do that, they will be registered with that party for the next two primary elections.
Bio: Life-long Ohioan, daughter of a Dayton policeman, granddaughter of a city firefighter. Grew up in Northwest Dayton, attended Dayton public schools, graduated from Northwestern University and Georgetown law school, and returned to Dayton to practice business law at Thompson Hine LLP.
Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?
Answer 1: The federal government needs to get its house in order. We need to raise revenues by growing our economy and by reforming our income tax system. We need to cut our national debt. If we spend everyone’s tax dollars more wisely and efficiently, there is no reason why we can’t have a strong defense and attend to our domestic needs as well. Our troops and tax dollars should be committed to military actions only as a last resort and only when the objectives are well-defined.
Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?
Answer 2: This race will be about jobs, restoring our economic security, and protecting and strengthening Miami Valley workers and families. We also need new voices to break the stalemate in Washington, and this election gives voters the opportunity to replace their current representatives who have been putting politics ahead of country. We deserve much more from our representatives in Congress than what we’ve been getting.
The OH-10 district covers Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette County. It is the district that has defaulted to Mike Turner, since Steve Austria who shared part of this district dropped out on the second filing deadline. This brought the entry of his first opposition in 2008, Sharen Neuhardt who didn’t file on the first deadline.
Ms. Neuhardt raises a lot of money from anyone and anywhere. She hires professional fundraisers out of DC- also known as bundlers. Her first action on the campaign trail wasn’t to print literature or put up a real website- but to hire a campaign manager.
This is despite the fact that she got trounced by Steve Austria, getting only 3% more of the vote than Bill Connor who ran in 2006, spending 48x less money running against the mighty incumbent Dave Hobson who spent twice what Austria did. We put together a video of Ms. Neuhardt complaining about gerrymandering and then showed the facts in this post: It wasn’t gerrymandering that sank Sharen Neuhardt
Candidate Ryan Steele pushed the question of why she didn’t file the first time, and why she blames gerrymandering and does she want to be a congressman and represent him- or is she just in it to win at the Fayette County Democratic Party Dinner. She declined to respond. Here is the video:
So far the Montgomery Democratic Party has batted 0-5 against Mike Turner, sending a series of boring candidates to run against him. Sharen Neuhardt fits that description to a T.
Here is a compiled video of her campaign speeches:
Her entire speech is:
I was born in Dayton
My father was a Dayton Policeman
I went to Fairview high school
I went to Northwestern
I went to Georgetown law
I’m a business attorney
My husband and I bought a farm in Greene County
I learned from my 2008 campaign that a Democrat shouldn’t run in a gerrymandered district.
You can watch the speeches one after another here.
Neuhardt, 60, lives on a farm near Yellow Springs and practices business law for the firm Thompson Hine. She won the 2008 Democratic primary for the 7th U.S. House District, but lost the general election race to Steve Austria. She has been endorsed this year by the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
Neuhardt said one way the government can help the economy is by avoiding the near-shutdowns of the past two years over the debt ceiling and tax decisions. She said government contractors have had to start and stop work because of political gamesmanship, and all businesses struggle to prepare for last-minute changes in tax withholding rates because of temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions.
She said her career as a business lawyer would help her create compromise in Washington, as she has brokered deals between companies where “neither side gets 100 percent of what they want.”
Neuhardt said America needs more tax revenue, and it needs to come from the wealthy. She would support an increased rate on the top tax bracket, saying most in that bracket don’t object to paying more, but object to “the government wasting their money.” She said America’s tax code needs to be simplified.
Neuhardt said giving the president a line-item veto on budget items would be a good way to reduce our debt, because giant spending bills come before Congress, containing a multitude of provisions that wouldn’t pass if considered on their own. She said efforts to improve the local economy need to be broad based.
“We have to …make sure the Air Force base is strong and flourishing,” Neuhardt said. “But not everybody can work at the base. We have to do a good job of reaching out to businesses that are already located in the Miami Valley and asking them to invest more here. What will it take for you to put that next factory here instead of Indiana?”
Neuhardt is facing 5 other Democrats in the 2012 Primary, David Esrati, Olivia Freemen, Tom McMasters, Ryan Steeele and Mack Van Allen.
Typically, I try to be unbiased in my reporting on my opposition, however, of all the candidates I’ve ever run against she seems the most disconnected from the general public, the most arrogant and the least prepared of any candidate I’ve seen that’s been taken seriously. She has also been endorsed by the Ohio AFL-CIO who didn’t bother to contact me. She recently sent a mailer to some households with a photo of Sherrod Brown and quote that may have come from her 2008 run. It was paid for and mailed by the Ohio Democratic Party- a group of which, despite being a precinct captain, I’ve never had a call from.
In my opinion a vote for Neuhardt is a vote for Mike Turner, because she has demonstrated zero ability on the campaign trail to challenge or respond to any other candidates. As a person, she’s absolutely charming and nice. I’m sure she’s a competent business attorney.
If you don’t want her to win, please consider a donation to my campaign, or that of any of the others in the field. It’s also not too late to make calls for my campaign: www.5ivepoints.com/electesrati all you need is a phone and a computer.