Sharen Neuhardt’s stealth campaign faultering

She barely had signs out in the primary. Voters don’t know her. She refuses to take a stand on anything- except saying she still supports boondoggle military programs like the unwanted C27-J and the M1 tank updates that the Air Force and the Army don’t want, it’s no wonder that the DNC pulled money from her campaign to assign to candidates who are actually running a race:

National Democratic panel pulls some Neuhardt ads

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.

via D.C. Dispatches | The Columbus Dispatch.

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: 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.

via Incumbents winning in fundraising |

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.

If Neuhardt wants more than the 43% of the vote I predict she’ll get at best, she better take the gloves off, and start wearing through some serious shoe leather- while praying for Turner to get indicted for something like his wife’s former slush fund false front marketing firm that took no-bid contracts for “marketing campaigns” from the regions lobbyists or did work on a GSA schedule for the Army Corps of Engineers while her husband was on the armed services committee.


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17 Responses

  1. David Esrati September 27, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    Neuhardt, still in la-la land- writes a guest column in the DDN today- and still thinks we can keep spending on defense at our ridiculous rate- and whip the budget.

    In a column published last week, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner discussed the negative effect sequestration defense cuts would have on our military and our region. On this point, Rep. Turner is correct. These cuts must be avoided because of their disastrous impact on both our national security as well as jobs in the Miami Valley. What he fails to note, however, is his own role in worsening this crisis and preventing a solution from being reached.

    via Turner, GOP have worsened budget crisis – Neuhardt For Congress.

    She refuses to take a hard line on the C27-J or the M1 tank updates- or the Predator program- only saying the east coast missile defense shield is a boondoggle.

    Why do we have to have a dem that talks like a republican as the only choice?

  2. bobby September 28, 2012 / 8:36 am
    “Why do we have a dem that talks like a republican as the only choice?”

    Dems (all 21,500 of them who cast a ballot) made their choice in the primary election last Spring. This is what you get when the primary has so many candidates splinter the result that 35% of the vote is enough to win.  

  3. Bubba Jones September 28, 2012 / 9:03 am
    Neuhardt has at least released a new commercial other than the one where she talks about being the first in her family to go to college.

    The new commercial is pretty standard stuff – a guy driving up to a closed, weed infested factory building and talking about losing his job. Goes on to say that Mike Turner doesn’t care about him.  This looks like standard footage (in other words – is it even filmed in Dayton?) that any candidate could use with just a voice over talking about Turner.  David – is there a “campaign commercial store” where you can go buy something like this?

    As far as a Dem talking like a Republican is the only choice – for this area that is the only choice.  People recognize that WPAFB is the major contributor to jobs and economic activity and they know that if the defense budget is cut that it could adversely affect the jobs picture in this area.  

    If the Dems could put up a serious candidate, you might have a slim chance of knocking Turner out.  But look who they’ve put up against him in the last several years….  Neuhardt – from my perspective, she’s not overly impressive.  Last time was the overweight, 20-something “political consultant” who said something about “bringing  home Washington money to the Miami Valley.”  Before that was Jane Mitikades whose claim to fame was being married to a rich dentist (I think he was a dentist?).  A few elections before that was Stephanie Studebaker – likable, attractive, clueless about business & taxes even though she was running as a businessperson, and apparently a great right hook which came to light with her mug shot on the front page of the DDN. I know there have been others but they’ve been so impressive that I can’t remember them.

    Face it – the incumbent has the edge in any election.  Turner has name recognition and plenty of money to run a tough campaign if the Dems ever put up a formidable candidate. (And based on history – he’ll be keeping that money for a long time!)  The dumbmassess always say that “Congress is full of crooks…. except my guy – he’s OK.”  So, Turner will stay in congress until he retires back to his gated community.  

  4. David Esrati September 28, 2012 / 10:56 am

    @Bubba- yes there are stock footage houses- and yes- there are some that only address political campaigns. In fact- both parties have some standard stuff that can be shared if you are an “insider”

    Facing Turner through the years:

    Rick Carne.

    Jane Mitakides

    Stephanie Studebaker (withdrew)  Replaced by Dick Chema at last minute.

    Jane Mitakides- again

    Doctor who? Withdraws- Joe Roberts replaces in special election.

    Sharen Neuhardt.

    The key to taking Turner down is a campaign focusing on how much money he has funneled into his pockets- and his wife’s pockets- as a conflict of interest, and his love of nuclear weapons and going to war.
    Besides his fundamental conservative values.

  5. Bubba Jones September 28, 2012 / 3:58 pm
    >>> Besides his fundamental conservative values. <<<

    And those are bad, why?

    You crack me up, David!!  Thank you for this site and providing me with so much entertainment!!! :)

    You’ll never “take down” Turner by focusing on what you’ve stated above.  Quite frankly, no one gives a crap about any of that.  What people care about is jobs and he’s convinced them that without him “fighting” for WPAFB, even more jobs will be lost around here.   

  6. Bubba Jones September 28, 2012 / 4:00 pm
    By the way, why do so many of your Dem candidates “withdraw”?  1/3 of the folks you list above have “withdrawn”.

    (Yeah, I know why SS withdrew, but what about Dr. Who?) 

  7. Gary September 29, 2012 / 7:58 pm
    Sharen, remind you, is a lawyer; do we really want a lawyer on our side?  She’s probably wanting to upgrade Antioch College.
  8. David Esrati September 29, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    Bubba- Stephanie resigned because of a domestic violence issue with her then husband.

    Dr. McNealy withdrew after only raising $6K or so. Had the BOE not denied my petitions- he would have possibly lost in the primary and I would have been the candidate.

    @Gary- I’m sorry, I have to remind you that Turner is a lawyer. He’s not on your side either.

  9. David September 30, 2012 / 7:25 pm
    Can anyone tell me if Neuhardt’s commercial about ‘the mill shutting down’ is actually specific to something in Dayton? The commercial is so generic and lacking in any details, it just seems like stock footage.  I don’t have any idea what this lady stands for.  She’s running such a good campaign, even Google is lacking in details…
  10. bobby September 30, 2012 / 8:28 pm
    David, Are you referring to the Jimmy- Neuhardt for Congres (sic) ad on Youtube? 
  11. Bubba Jones October 1, 2012 / 8:38 am
     If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. 

    -Jay Leno 

  12. David October 7, 2012 / 5:43 pm
    @bobby – YES, that’s the ad.  He looks to be poking around the GM Moraine plant, but it opens with ‘when the mill was shutting down’.  Which mill? 
  13. Donald Phillips October 8, 2012 / 12:52 pm
    Were Mr. Esrati (the real-life model for Mad Men’s Peggy Olson) elected the Church of Scientology would build a Celebrity Center in Dayton! He would also align Dayton with the Univield Field of all matter and energy!
  14. Bubba Jones October 8, 2012 / 2:24 pm
    Donald Phillips – WTF is going on with you for the last few weeks?  Have you run out of your meds?  Please go see your doctor as quickly as possible so that you can return to your regular self.  Not that anyone really cares for comments from THAT Donald Phillips either, but at least the outbursts are a little less frequent than from THIS Donald Phillips.
  15. Greg Hunter October 9, 2012 / 10:22 am
    The problem with those fundamental values is that adherence to them are what drove the young people to leave Dayton along with the tech companies that rely on that talent. The powers that be obfuscate this fact. The selection of turner and the endemic corruption in WPAFB contracting are slowly choking the community to it’s ultimate demise. Turner is a shallow sycophant that is dumb enough to believe he is doing right by Dayton and the community.

    Ask yourself this question, Is the community and the world better off since Turner took office?

  16. Donald Phillips October 9, 2012 / 12:53 pm
    Dear Mr. Bubba,

    I keep you, Mr. Esrati and the Metroids reasonable authenic, from sliding forever into the vortex of solipcism. But since I discomfit your, just get Mr. Esrati to proscribe my name from ‘decent’ society. Then you can resume your cake walk around the maypole. 

  17. Bubba Jones October 9, 2012 / 2:09 pm
    Dear Mr. Phillips,

    THANKS for making my point! :)

    Have a good life,

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