And there will be no more secret meetings in Dem HQ either…

Was at the Board of Elections this morning, filing my signatures (113- same as my house number)- and saw Lt. Col. Vic Harris US Army Ret. checking his signatures to run in the Ohio 40th against “endorsed candidate” Roland Winburn (see this post).

Vic doesn’t have his site up yet, but he has a nice looking piece of campaign literature where he says he wants to:

  • Introduce a plan to address the home mortgage crisis.
  • Fight to provide health insurance for all Ohio children.
  • Address the high cost of college tuition.
  • Develop a State-wide energy plan to lower costs by using renewable energy.

Also, Sherry Y Greed of Auburn Avenue in Dayton took out petitions for the OH-3 seat as a Democrat today. We’ll see if she can file enough signatures.

A florist, a jackeroo, but no advertising professionals- on picking congress.

I read a lot. Today, I came across a passage in “Confessions of an Advertising Man” by the great copywriter and agency chief, David Ogilvy. It was originally published in 1963, a year after my birth. I’ve wanted to read this book for years, so the timing of this paragraph was almost prescient:

“But even in the United States it is rare for advertising men to be appointed to important jobs in government. This is a pity, because some of them carry more guns than most of the lawyers, professors, bankers and journalists who are favored. Senior advertising men are better equipped to define problems and opportunities; to lead large short-range and long-range goals; to measure results; to lead large executive forces; to make lucid presentations to committees; and to operate within the disciplines of a budget. Observation of my elders and betters in other advertising agencies leads me to believe that many of them are more objective, better organized, more vigorous, and harder-working then their opposite numbers in legal practice, teaching, banking and journalism.”

So I went and looked for what we have now, and of course, a lot of lawyers make the list, as well as career politicians.

We all know the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing, yet expecting a different result” yet we continue, for the most part to send unimaginative people like Mike Turner to Washington. Our elections have become boring evaluations of sound bites and euphemisms. Looking over the promises made by politicians is flat out boring compared to reading a well done ad- because at least you know the statements in an ad are policed by an industry that believes in “truth in advertising” and there are legal ramifications to making outrageous or untrue statements.

Another ad great, Howard Luck Gossage, said “people don’t read ads, they read what interests them, and sometimes it’s an ad.” I’m looking forward to the day when politics is more about ideas than ideology, and when we start passing legislation that’s actually worth reading.

You ever want inspiration on how it’s done, when done right? Go read the Declaration of Independence. That may be the quintessential example of retail politicking, had it not been inspired legislation, we wouldn’t have a nation.

And note, while there were a lot of lawyers and politicians who signed it, there were also quite a few farmers and merchants- both well underrepresented in Congress today.

How to beat Mike Turner in OH3

I attended a small meeting of Democrats to hear Dr. MacNealy talk about his chances of a Congressional run tonight. I’ve also been looking at search results for Jane Mitakides last bid against Turner, and a bit of Charles Sanders material.

None of them have a clue at how to stand up to Mike Turner with his wonderfully smooth lines about all he’s done for the region. None of them know how to really talk about issues either.

Faulting Turner for voting Republican is like blaming the sun for daylight. He’s a Republican- that’s what they do. And talking about issues like health care, abortion, the death penalty, stem cell research are all pretty much moot points. What has to happen is the gloves have to come off and talk about the real Mike Turner vs. the puffed up one that does no wrong.

For all his claims about his saving of Dayton; Mike only has a few success stories that he can truly claim as his own, and tearing down two x-rated movie houses didn’t exactly turn our city around.

He can’t take credit for Baseball, that was started by Tony Capizzi and final negotiations were by Clay Dixon. He can’t take credit for Riverscape, which was spearheaded by Reynolds & Reynolds (and David Holmes, former CEO was Tony Capizzi’s biggest backer against Turner). He can’t take credit for lasting management, with his first pick, Bill Estabrook being run out of town in a year, and Valerie Lemmie botching her exit with a failed deal in the UK.

He failed at the basic Constitutional stuff as well. My arrest was an affront to the First Amendment (and remember, he’s a highly trained lawyer), and his dogged attempt to win cost the city many hundreds of thousands- all to possibly collect a guilty and a max of $1000 from me. He fought the civil rights legislation spearheaded by Mary Wiseman, which later passed. He was unable to work with Dean Lovelace to get anything done about predatory lending, and was asleep for 4 years in Congress while our County is one of the most foreclosed areas in the country.

He did manage to make sure that as they flatten the city, we don’t implode buildings into the basement and leave them as archaeological sites- which is great, but wouldn’t it be better to have seen investment flood back into the city and see those homes rehabbed and occupied?

His “Brownfield” legislation helped make some questionable sites become usable- however, the real question is who really benefited from this? The citizens or the former polluters? Some of those polluters are his leading supporters.

It’s quite amazing when one reads his bio of how many things he accomplished singlehandedly. I know others who would say that Rehabarama was their idea, but Turner likes taking credit for others work.

What may be the most significant statement of all as to his great accomplishments as our “Urban Mayor” is that he lost in an expensive election to a woman who can barely make a speech in public- and that he soon pulled up stakes and left his urban/historic/rehab manse for a “patio home” in a gated community in Centerville.

When he first ran for Mayor he was driving a little Dodge Shadow with a George H. Bush bumper sticker. Soon after getting elected, he was driving a Cadillac.

If anyone thinks Mike Turner is a man of the people, for the people, it’s time to take a second look. It will be interesting to see how much he nets from the sale of MTC, his former? employer, and recipient of many defense contracts since Mike ended up on the Armed Services Committee.

You don’t get millions to spend on campaigns if you don’t sell out to special interests, and that’s what Mike Turner has been most successful at. In terms of taking care of the average resident of OH-3, he’s not been that interested in your well being- not unless you are willing to send him thousands of dollars.

It’s time someone called him on the carpet for his largess at our expense. It’s time someone went to Washington and looked out for those of us struggling with how to put gas in our tank, instead of tanks of gas in Iraq.

Of all the candidates, there is no one else who has watched Mike Turner from the start, who can take his claims and cut away the window dressing. Mike Turner wasn’t Dayton’s savior, that’s just the picture he likes to paint.

Time to take the whitewash and add some Esrati style technicolor. And this is just the beginning.

Update on OH-3

Jane Mitakides, Charles Sanders and Mike Turner have already filed their petitions. Verification doesn’t come until the BOE meets January 9 or 10. It’s 50 signatures of people in the district, in the most populous county of the district, who are of the party or undeclared (I didn’t count the undeclareds). OH-3 was gerrymandered pretty badly- including an odd cut around Turner’s old house just to keep him eligible (which is odd, because you don’t have to live in the district to run in it).

I checked my signatures to the highest standard today and have over 50 guaranteed, but will collect some extra insurance between now and Monday morning when I plan to file.

There is an $85 filing fee (thank you to my contributors for making those funds available!).

You want a piece of me?

Talked to one of my advisers, who happens to hold office, and he said “David, you need to be out there talking to other elected people about your campaign.”

So, I’m throwing this out there: you want to meet for coffee, lunch, breakfast, or work out at the Y with me, let me know and we’ll get a meeting set up.

Don’t know how to reach me? Easy- just add a comment to this post (what, you think I’m going to do this in secret?) or call me: work number is 937.228.4433, home is in the phone book, but I’m rarely there.

I pay for my own cell phone, so I don’t give that out to everyone.

Or, if you just want answers to my positions- ask in the comments and I’ll write a post to answer each and every one.