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Lee Fisher: Leader?

It seems Lee Fisher’s style of leadership resembles a schoolyard game of follow the leader rather than that of a wanna-be Senator. Check it out:

April 21, 2010

12:12 pm Portman issues statement calling for financial reforms.

2:42 pm Portman tweets “My statement calling for financial reforms.” A Portman campaign Facebook post also went up about this time.

[later that afternoon] Fisher holds a hastily thrown-together conference call to discuss his not-so-unique ideas on financial reform.

4:47 pm Fisher posts an essay on Huffington Post, copying two of Portman’s good ideas on reforming Wall Street.

And Jessica Towhey, Portman’s press secretary, let Fisher have it:

“We’re happy to let Lee Fisher borrow two of Rob Portman’s good ideas on reforming Wall Street. We’re just disappointed he doesn’t find it necessary to have comprehensive reform that includes Rob Portman’s three other objectives: stronger regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, keeping Ohio banks competitive and ensuring that credit is flowing to small businesses.”

But Lee’s wanna-be style of politicking wasn’t just on the 21st of April…

April 5, 2010 Brunner blogs on when she’s “taken a principled stand” while Fisher has “jumped on board right after [her] …”

Dec. 30, 2009 Brunner Campaign Manager blogs that he “works for Jennifer Brunner because she is a leader, not a follower” who has “spoke[n] up early and forcefully.”

Feb. 17, 2009 Brunner announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate in a YouTube video; Fisher holds a hastily thrown-together press conference later that afternoon announcing his candidacy, beginning what has become a long pattern of playing follow-the-leader. The Associated Press noted this schedule change:

2 top Ohio Democrats running for US Senate

By STEPHEN MAJORS, Associated Press Writer

April 18, 2009

Two of Ohio’s most prominent Democrats said Tuesday they will run in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. George Voinovich.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who largely beat back Republican legal challenges over the way she oversaw the presidential election in November, announced her run for the Senate seat on a campaign Web site.

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who was elected in 2006, held a news conference later Tuesday with Gov. Ted Strickland, apparently pushing up his public announcement in response to Brunner’s decision. Fisher resigned Tuesday from his position as director of the Ohio Department of Development, but will serve out the remainder of his term as lieutenant governor.

Lee Fisher: Follower.

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