Seth Morgan, R., Huber Heights, and I don’t agree on much politically- but right now, he’s my hero. When Mary Taylor hooked her political future on the John Kasich for Governor band wagon, it left an opening for State Auditor. Rep. Morgan thought he was qualified to do the job and announced his intention to run.
However, he didn’t genuflect to State Republican Party Chair, Kevin DeWine- who decided for the people that David Yost should be the candidate for Auditor- without a primary.
Horsehockey. It’s not up to the party bosses on who should run, not run- had that been the case Barack Obama wouldn’t be president right now. This asking permission to run in a primary should be banished- in fact, people who stand in the way of letting people run should be charged with obstructing justice. It’s gotten to be status quo in Dayton- where people are actually threatened for running against “the favored ones.” Note- Gary Leitzell didn’t ask permission to run against Mayor McLin either- and look what happened. Had the Democratic party not shooed other Dems away – we may have had two candidates to chose from- and neither named McLin.
DeWine even makes a veiled threat of potential retaliation against Morgan:
“I think Seth could have a bright future in our party if he makes the right decisions,” Kevin DeWine said in an e-mail. “He’s a politically ambitious young man and sometimes that desire to climb the political ladder can make you do things you end up regretting.”
Most voters have no clue about how the parties pick their candidates. I’ve mocked the Montgomery County Democratic Party for years for its selection of their “screening committee” who always asks as a first question “If we don’t endorse you will you still run?”
What happened to the voice of the people?
If you are as disgusted with the lack of candidates and the same old faces running again and again (often unopposed) and are a Democrat- this Thursday (Feb. 18, 2010, at 4pm) is the deadline to put your name on the ballot for Central Committee membership. It requires ZERO signatures- just turn the form in to the Board of Elections and your name will appear on the ballot in your precinct. Currently it’s hard to tell who represents what – since they just cut the number of precincts by about 200– but, if you fill the seat where you live- it’s one less that the party can appoint. You can read more about this on DaytonOS- via Mike Bock: http://daytonos.com/?p=8412
Hopefully- more people will chose to participate- who won’t believe that preventing people from running- or letting voters decide in primaries- so that democratic elections can take place.
Seth Morgan is taking the lead on this- I say we all applaud him for his initiative. Hopefully- the end of the party bosses picking your candidates in back rooms is about to end.