One of the well-known truths about the Ohio Republican Party is that it refuses to take a stand on anything unless of course that “anything” is cramming their RINO incumbents or crony scams (JobsOhio; Issue 1) down our throats.
Many here will remember the mail campaign that Kevin DeWine and Jon Husted devised back in 2010, which featured the tea party logo on every mailer, so that voters couldn’t tell the difference between liberty-minded candidates and the incumbent hacks against whom they ran.
Well, meet the new boss; worse than the old boss…
Jason Hart at Media Trackers illustrates just one of many similar mailings going out all over the state (original links embedded):
Ohio House 24th District incumbent Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), elected in 2012 after receiving over $650,000 of support from the Ohio Republican Party (ORP), has been promoted in three Party mailers in the past week.
Kunze, hand-picked in 2011 for the new 24th District seat by the Franklin County Republican Party, is being challenged in the May 6 primary by Clintonville architect Pat Manley.
Manley’s campaign is motivated largely by his opposition to Common Core. Activists contacted by Media Trackers indicated that Kunze, who sits on the House Education Committee, is “highly unlikely” to take a stand against Common Core.
Kunze has not cosponsored House Bill 237, the Common Core repeal bill Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced last July.
During the 2012 cycle, ORP contributed media buys, postage, and other in-kind support to Kunze worth more than eight times the funding her campaign raised. Reports due to the secretary of state later this month will likely show that the Party is spending big to keep its favored candidate in office.
…The April 10 ORP mailer, with an ominous “Keep WASHINGTON’S Rules OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS” graphic on the front, was devoted entirely to the topic of education but never mentioned Common Core.
…After receiving the first mailer — this reporter lives in the 24th District — Media Trackers contacted Rep. Kunze for an explanation of her positions on Common Core, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, and increasing state spending.
She never replied.
All signs indicate the Ohio Republican Party is spending money to convince Republican voters that Stephanie Kunze, whose value to the Party is that she has no discernible principles, is the ideal candidate for supporters of limited government.
To be clear, Race to the Top – in which Common Core was flown – IS FEDERAL INTRUSION into Ohio classrooms. Those who support it – and Kunze does – default their position to the “in favor of federal control” side of the ledger.
And for the record, Kunze’s website is “silent” on Common Core and Medicaid expansion because the
politburo party knows that they are both huge primary issues. Senate President Keith Faber told the caucus a couple weeks ago NOT to mention Common Core because “it’s a bad issue for us.”
No $h!t Dick Tracey, the list grows exponentially.
We’ll highlight more fraudulent mailers as they pertain specifically to CommonCore, so please spread the word when we do. Everyone is busy, and the Republican Party knows it, so do your due diligence and contact us if you have any questions about a particular candidate.
Suffice it to say, if you receive a mailer from the Ohio Republican Party, and aren’t sure who the candidate is, we advise you to vote the other way.
Given their antics, we should hold primaries on April Fools’ Day…