Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hartmann Must Be Into BDSM

After the City of Cincinnati helped to carry Hamilton County, Ohio, and the whole election for President Obama, Republican County Commissioner Greg Hartmann is reportedly thinking about running for Mayor of Cincinnati.

He must be a Masochist. There can be no other reason for a Republican to want to got through that much pain and then get nothing out of it in the end.

I'm not sure if this is just local Republicans, like GOP party chair Alex Triantafilou, stirring the pot to see if Chris Bortz will run or if he wants to call out Charlie Winburn on lying about not running for mayor.  Either way it comes across as a severe case of denial.  No hardcore Republican stands a chance to win the Mayor's office.

I would have guessed Alex would be talking to John Cranley, seeing how Cranley would have get the Republicans on the Westside to support him if he was going to have even a remote chance to win.

4 comments:

  1. I agree it is comical to think a R has much of a chance but don't forget Wenstrup's surprise showing with basically no campaigning. The turnout in non-presidential years is such that a R can get to the 40's but I seriously doubt one could actually do well enough to win. I don't think one party rule is a good thing for the city but demographics and other factors will keep it that way for at least the medium term. I would like to see a true independent or third party candidate have a shot at mayor at some point in my lifetime but I am not holding out hope for it.

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  2. 2009 was unique for several reasons, no primary for mayor, and it was Mallory who didn't campaign, that is why it was close, plus the anti-Obama crowd was energized. Wenstrup had backing and waged more of a traditional suburbanite stle campaign, netting him good funding. Mallory phoned it in and still won by nearly 10 points.

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  3. I wish that the data was available because I would love to see the statistics on turnout by precinct in 2009 because I am still scratching my head over it. I don't recall Wenstrup even really trying until the last week of the campaign, but that was a long time ago so my memory is a bit fuzzy. And I don't blame Mallory for not campaigning because it did not even seem necessary at the time. I would disagree somewhat about the anti-Obama vote as I believe that was much more a 2010 mid-term election phenomenon. Without seeing the data I would have to guess 2009 was overall low turnout and especially low in the urban core. What is really interesting is that the anti rail issue 9 was on the ballot for that election as well so there was clearly bipartisan opposition to that issue, as there had to be voters who voted Wenstrup and also No on 9. In retrospect, I think that it is fortunate that COAST did not time it so that Issue 9 was on the 2010 ballot or it may well have passed due to high anti-Obama turnout.

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  4. go here
    http://boe.hamilton-co.org/elections/election-results.aspx
    under 'Archived Results' choose 2009
    It was a low turnout

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