Ohio “Democratic” Party endorses carpetbagger for Congress

Carpetbagger definition: “a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.”

Yes, it’s totally legal to run for congress if you don’t live in the congressional district, just ask Niraj Antani who is running in OH-2 right now, or Amy Cox, who lives in Eaton, but wants to run against Mike Turner instead of Warren Davidson in OH-8. Or, she just got put up by someone who wants to make sure I’m not the candidate in OH-10 taking on Mike Turner again.

See article 1, section 2 of the US Constitution that makes it legal:

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Source: U.S. Constitution – Article I | Resources | Constitution Annotated | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Personally, I love primaries and competition. Every single candidate adds interest and drums up voters to have a reason to go to the polls. But, I don’t believe in “Endorsing” in a primary. And that’s what these 9 people decided to do in a closed room in Columbus- to tell you who to vote for.

It took way too much time to research these folks- probably because only one of them lives in OH-10. None of them has a blog- published since 2005, which uncovers the dirty underbelly of our local political establishment. Very few have won elections either- or served in the military (which by the way- wasn’t a question on their candidate questionnaire. They did care if you belonged to a union- as if it is comparable. Last I checked, you don’t risk your life for your country by joining a union- or the ODP).

What should the ODP do? Help every single dem to run, and have as much participation as possible in primaries. That’s where the PEOPLE are supposed to pick their candidates, not the folks in a back room.

Running for office is hard enough, expensive, and opens your life up to ungodly public scrutiny. It’s hard enough finding candidates who want to run, or who aren’t insanely stupid (see the bodycam tapes of Dion Green who was supposed to run against Phil “The Torturer” Plummer in Ohio 39). Why the party doesn’t try to support all the candidates and welcome them to the party is beyond me. The kissing of the ring for endorsements isn’t my thing. I even told them on their questionnaire that I wasn’t seeking their endorsement, but their support.

Here’s the letter they sent to me last night. They sent an un-secure word doc, I converted it to a PDF. If you don’t like the party insiders endorsing in primaries, I suggest you write a note to ODP Chair, Liz Walters. I doubt she’ll listen.

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