|He Never Was All That He Was Quacked Up To Be!|
I was listening to the replay of the Columbus, Ohio WOSU public radio show, All Sides with Ann Fisher tonight. The general agreement of the obvious liberal hostess and various panel members was that the TEA Party’s influence was waning and was not a major factor in the Republican sweep of statewide offices in Ohio and U.S. House and Senate GOP victories around the country. Then I received the following Press Release from the Ohio Citizens PAC in an email.
Akron, OH - In a major victory by the Ohio TEA Party Movement, TEA Party Republican Candidate Steve Kraus from Sandusky, Ohio, has defeated Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern for Ohio House seat in the 89th District that includes Erie and Ottawa Counties. Redfern had been in the Ohio House since 1999 and has been State Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party since 2005. Kraus made a strong but unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2012. He decided to run for Ohio House against Redfern after the Ohio Republican Party showed little interest in fielding a candidate in the race. Kraus got little support from the ORP even after early poling showed him with a small lead. The Ohio Citizens PAC did robo calls into the district as did the TEA Party run Ohio Republican PAC in and effort to get Kraus over the top. Kraus won 51% to 49%.Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said "Steve is a great citizen candidate who will faithfully represent the people of Erie and Ottawa County - not himself or some political party. He ran a terrific race two years ago but I was surprised when he told me he thought that he could beat the Ohio Democratic Chairman. But he worked very hard and ran a great race and with a little help from his friends in the TEA Party he pulled off the biggest upset in the State tonight. Hopefully this will stop the whining by Republicans who claim we never go after Democrats. This win proves that the TEA Party does not care about political parties, we care about people and the way government serves them.”