Journalist Jo Ingles asked Ohio Democratic Party Chairman and State Representative Chris Redfern if he had properly vetted Gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald. Unwilling to take responsibility for his failure as Chairman, Redfern completely sidestepped the question and stated that vetting isn’t important from a political standpoint.
The press conference, originally recorded by Marc Kovac of Ohio Capital Blog, seemed to resemble that of a circus and seemed to beg for appropriate music and laughs.
“Vetting is an interesting word mentioned by those who aren’t really educated in the field of politics and how political campaigns are run.”
Fitzgerald’s multiple scandals have basically neutered the entire Democratic statewide ticket. Vetting is important and imperative part in important elections. And this race highlights the reasoning for this. In a race that costs millions of dollars, you must vet. When your candidate is a joke, you lose the trust of the voters and you lose the trust of your donors. Democratic donors will question the next candidate who comes asking for money since their investment this year has been nothing but an embarrassment and a poor investment.
Even though the sign over Redfern’s left shoulder at the press conference reads, “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP,” that is basically what has happened since staff have bolted Fitzgerald’s campaign. Even Redfern threw Fitzgerald under the bus by announcing that Fitzgerald said he failed to get a driver’s license for a decade because he is a “horrible procrastinator.”
Redfern brought his incompetence to a national scale when Bill Clinton endorsed Fitzgerald stating that he read Fitzgerald’s resume. What resume did Redfern provide Clinton? Now a former President, himself scarred by multiple scandals, was boldly claiming support for a candidate who shortly later was shown to be completely unprepared to run for statewide office.
Fitzgerald’s political ambitions have been torpedoed.
And because of Redfern’s failure to vet Fitzgerald, the entire ship is going down in November.