Family Feud '08
May 9, 2007 03:01 PM
Phil Heimlich is officially running against Jean Schmidt in the Republican congressional primary next spring. He's already raised $120,000.
Just what we need. A nasty and divisive local primary in a Presidential election year. As Jean's Chief of Staff properly notes,
[Heimlich] showed last fall that he doesn’t have much support in Hamilton County, much less the rest of the district.
Quite true. Why does someone who was voted out of office in his home county think he is entitled to a promotion to Congress?
That said, though, I am very annoyed with Jean for telling the Enquirer this:
"I have no idea why some opposed The Banks funding, but I can tell you why I voted for it," Schmidt said, explaining that Hamilton County commissioners, the Cincinnati City Council, Mayor Mark Mallory and the downtown business community all identified The Banks as their No. 1 priority.
"I simply went to work on making it a reality," she said. "I am very happy I got The Banks project in the bill. I am proud to have voted for it. ... If people want to criticize me for fighting for my community, I will gladly admit my guilt."
Very, very annoyed. Why do we need a Republican in Congress who doesn't understand her constitutional role, when we already have so many Democrats who don't? Quotes like this make it very hard for people who have supported her in the past to defend her.
Chalk me up as reserving judgment on this one, for now.