Yesterday, Governor Strickland and ODP Chairman Chris Redfern took advantage of Chief Justice Moyer’s death in order to gain a political upperhand for their choice in November.
Franklin County Judge Eric Brown was appointed to the post.
Key words: FRANKLIN COUNTY.
You may recall a post on 3BP from February that took a closer look at an article in the Plain Dealer that focused on the growing frustration from Democrats in Cuyahoga County against the Ohio Democratic Party establishment.
At the time, one Democrat big-whig said this:
Nationally known Democratic strategist Jerry Austin of Cleveland said this ticket will prove what elected officials in Northeast Ohio had suspected all along from the Strickland administration.
“Politicians up here have expressed frustration about the lack of attention from this administration for a while,” Austin said. “And now you turn around and there is no one on the ballot from Cuyahoga County. Well, now people think there is absolutely a disregard for Northeast Ohio going on.”
And Democratic State Senator Nina Turner said this:
“If anyone thinks they can disregard Cuyahoga County, then they are sadly mistaken,” Turner said. She added that “people are talking about this everywhere, young and old, average citizens to bigwigs.”
Well, here was Ted and Chris’ opportunity to do both the right thing in appointing an apolitical temporary Chief Justice and also appease their supposed allies in the Northeast.
And they blew it.