Sunday, October 29, 2006

THE OH-01 RACE IS OVER!!! Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Cranley; New Poll Shows Cranley Up 9 Points!


Hallelujah in Ohio's First !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today, the conservative and influential Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed (see below) John Cranley for U.S. Congress (OH-01). If I remember correctly, this is the first time the Enquirer has not endorsed Chabot as an incumbent. This is HUGE news. But here's more:

- A new DCCC poll from Grove Insight shows Cranley up 9 points
- FEC fundraising reports from yesterday show Cranley outraising Chabot again!
- This endorsement follows my prediction from a couple days ago that the Enquirer editorial board is intelligent enough to realize Chabot's time to go is now.
- Cincinnati CityBeat also endorses Cranley!

Enquirer endorses Cranley

The race for Ohio's First Congressional District offers voters a choice between a veteran worker and an energetic leader. It is time for the district's representative to pick up the pace. For that reason we endorse Democratic challenger John Cranley over incumbent Steve Chabot.

Cranley's generally moderate positions and his willing talent for coalition-building will best serve the diverse First District, which takes in most of Cincinnati as well as western Hamilton County.

For the past five years Cranley, a native of Cincinnati's West Side, has been an active and effective member of Cincinnati City Council. His hallmark has been an ability to forge nonpartisan alliances with other members to successfully tackle such tasks as passing balanced city budgets. In this campaign he has made much of the need for Congress to adopt a pay-as-you-go philosophy about federal spending. Chabot prides himself as a budget hawk, but he can't escape the fact that the federal deficit has grown to record heights under the Bush administration and its Republican-controlled Congress.

The energy Cranley brings to this race is refreshing. He understands that to achieve energy independence the United States must pursue conservation as well as exploration. Chabot has not supported strong conservation measures. But Cranley also supports what he calls a "man-on-the-moon" initiative to seek clean fuel alternatives that would break our dependence on petroleum imports once and for all.

The campaign for this seat unfortunately has featured the type of negative campaigning so prevalent in this year's election - a tactic that leaves voters distrustful of everybody. Cranley says Washington has "changed" Chabot, implying that "changed" is a synonym for "corrupted." Chabot is anything but corrupt, yet his commercial essentially blames the 2001 Cincinnati riot on Cranley and implies that the post-riot collaborative agreement led to the rising number of homicides in the city. In truth, the collaborative was unanimously approved by City Council and praised by then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Chabot has been a supporter of personal privacy and an ardent foe of abortion, spearheading efforts to ban so-called partial-birth abortions. An attorney, he serves on the Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Small Business Committees, chairing the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution. He went to Congress in 1994, part of the Republican sweep of that year, but others with as much or less time in the House have risen further and faster.

Cranley also is opposed to abortion. He has law and divinity degrees from Harvard. His energy and willingness to work with those across the aisle will lead to him becoming an influential member, whichever party holds the majority.

Chabot has served with honor, but his effectiveness seems to have peaked. It is time for him to come home.

We support John Cranley for Congress.

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