Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cranley Responds to Cheney Visit by Giving Cincinnati $1/gallon Gasoline


Cheney coming to West Side

Usually, when Vice President Cheney comes to Cincinnati for a Republican fundraiser, his motorcade beelines to the deep-pockets city of Indian Hill, or veers downtown to collect campaign checks at a posh private club.

This afternoon, Cheney is scheduled to head to the heart of the West Side, to mingle with about 300 supporters of Rep. Steve Chabot at the Green Township home of Dennis and Patricia Ott. The event is expected to raise at least $250,000 for Chabot's re-election campaign.

Most of those who will pay anywhere from $1,000 to $2,100 for the Chabot fundraiser will be self-employed owners of relatively small West Side businesses.

"It's an event that is going to have a real West Side flavor,'' said Chabot, the six-term congressman who is locked in a tough re-election campaign with Democratic challenger John Cranley. "It won't be like most fundraisers you see around here.''

Patricia Ott , whose husband runs a custom-home building business, said the Secret Service has been in and out of their home for the past three weeks.

"We're looking forward to meeting the vice president; he seems like a wonderful man,'' said Patricia Ott, who said she and her husband have been Chabot supporters throughout his political career.

Those who pay $2,100 will get a photograph with the vice president. All the guests will get a stand-up dinner of roast tenderloin and turkey during Cheney's 90-minute visit to the Ott residence.

Before Chabot's late-afternoon event, Cranley will be in Price Hill, trying to make a point about Chabot and his support for the Bush administration's energy plan, which Cheney helped draft.

From 11 to 11:30 this morning, Cranley will be at Bob's Marathon station at West Eighth Street and Trenton Avenue, where, for that half-hour, gasoline will be sold at $1.26 per gallon, the price of gas in August 2001, when Chabot voted for the energy bill.

The regular price now is $2.69 and Cranley said he would reimburse Bob's out of his campaign fund for the cost difference during that half hour.

"While I'm doing that, Steve Chabot will be busy filling up his coffers with the help of Cheney, who pushed through huge subsidies for the oil companies,'' Cranley said.

E-mail hwilkinson@enquirer.com

2 Comments:

At 2:47 PM EDT, Anonymous Eric said...

Pure genius indeed. Good stuff.

 
At 4:07 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranley is always one step in front of Frank Chabot. Ohios First - keep up that good reporting. Try to get some pictures from the event too.

 

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