While political pundits are all in a tizzy right now about Ed Fitzgerald naming Dayton lawyer Sharen Neuhardt as his running mate, let’s be honest, no one in Ohio cares who the lieutenant governor is, nor do they even know who it is right now. Try asking your friends. In fact, I’d be impressed if they could name more than two lieutenant governors. (the answer is Mary Taylor).
If the election were three years ago, after Kasich got his rear-end kicked on Senate Bill 5 (the anti-union/collective bargaining bill), Howdy Doody could have run against Kasich and won. Three years later, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Kasich has managed to piss off both parties- which actually is a good thing for his reelection chances. The reality of course is that as long as Ohio remains gerrymandered, the likelihood of a Dem governor actually doing anything with a Republican-dominated legislature is slim and none.
While Neuhardt may be able to raise some money for Fitzgerald, her value on the campaign trail is nil. She may give the worst candidate stump speech I’ve ever heard (and after running in elections for 20 years- I’ve heard some really bad ones). Don’t expect Fitzgerald to get a bump at the polls for adding her to his ticket- nor, expect her to do anything if she has to debate Mary Taylor.
The visits to Esrati.com jumped yesterday and today- since there is more online about Sharen Neuhardt here than anywhere else on the web. Unfortunately, not much is positive. Her own site was taken down recently- as noted by the Plain Dealer political reporter. I’m not sure she’s that much better a choice than Eric Kearny, looking at the FEC site– she still has $106,734.92 in campaign debt from her 2012 run. The videos I made of Sharen on the campaign trail are still on YouTube- and you can see how ineffective she is on the stump.
This is about how much she was in the hole from her 2008 race against Steve Austria that she also lost big.
Although he’s not thrown his hat in the ring, Dennis Kucinich would be better suited to run against Kasich.
My prediction for this team vs. Kasich- lose by 20. 10 if they are lucky.