Tuesday, December 06, 2005At his own peril?
From the Akron Beacon Journal (free sub. req.):
The words "What primary?" never came out of U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown's mouth on Monday, but the message was the same.
Brown brought his U.S. Senate campaign kickoff to Akron, meeting for pizza and Pepsi with about 40 students, faculty and staffers at the University of Akron's Student Union.
The only time Brown mentioned his opponent in the May 2 Democratic Primary -- Iraq War veteran and Cincinnati attorney Paul Hackett -- was when someone asked Brown to explain the differences between them.
"I don't know much about the differences in our positions except about the Iraq war. His evolved into a position pretty similar to mine now, but was more supportive of the war in his congressional race earlier in the year. Other than that, I don't really know his position on issues because he hasn't been very specific," Brown said, noting his consistent opposition to the war.
Hackett entered the Senate race before Brown. But Brown's campaign is all about defeating incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican.
"My focus on this campaign for the next 11 months is not on the primary, but is to make the contrast between the Bush-Taft-DeWine team and where they have led the state, not just the culture of corruption... but just their wrongheaded approach on every major issue that has affected our state," Brown said.
I realize that elitists like Sherrod tend to grow out of touch once in the halls of power, but shouldn't the voters of Ohio decide who they want to represent them? I am not a Democrat, but I would be upset if some politician decided for himself that he was the winner without even asking for my vote.
I am not in the business of offering Democrats advice and I think that Paul Hackett is pretty much of a jerk, but the opportunity to run a strong, populist campaign in the primary is just sitting there. Sherrod has not been crowned prince and I believe that it is about time that he's called-out on his arrogance.