AUGUST REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
By Greg Haas, Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party
FCDP GOTV “VOTE NOW” PROGRAM IS VITAL TO WINNING ELECTIONS
The work we do this year encouraging early voting and getting Democrats to the polls on Election Day is bound to pay dividends in next year’s elections, too.
That’s why this year’s Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and early-voting (VOTE NOW!) programs are so important. These efforts will help us to elect qualified Democrats in judicial, board of education, city council, municipal, township and other campaigns this year AND will lay the groundwork for election successes in 2014 and beyond. Each new year’s success builds on the momentum of the previous year, IF you are changing voting habits.
Both the GOTV and VOTE NOW! campaigns will be launched October 1, the start of early voting, and will run through November 5, Election Day.
The Franklin County Democratic Party’s GOTV aims at getting as many registered Democrats as possible to cast their ballots, either through early voting or at polling places on Election Day. VOTE NOW! is focused exclusively on encouraging our Democratic base to vote early, either by mail or in-person at early-voting centers. We hope the VOTE NOW! campaign will create a tradition of early voting among Democrats – a tradition that will continue for the rest of their lives.
The benefits of early voting became obvious last year when President Obama won more votes in Franklin County than he did in 2008. A major reason for this outstanding accomplishment was the Franklin County Democratic Party’s VOTE NOW! effort. Seventy thousand county residents voted early last year, either by mail or in-person at early voting centers. We had more early in 2012 both in person and by mail, the only major county to do so. That represented 20,000 more early voters than in 2008.
Of course, we can’t expect to duplicate the 2012 turnout this year. After all, President Obama won’t be at the top of our ballot this year. However, our goal is to turn out more voters in 2013 than in similar election years in the past.
And as early-voting becomes more and more familiar to our Democratic base, we can expect more successes next year in elections for governor, the legislature, Congress and local offices.
Of course, one of our party’s main jobs next year will be the defeat of Gov. John Kasich.
You can tell a gubernatorial election year is fast approaching by Kasich’s not-so-subtle attempt to re-invent himself. In one of the greatest attempts at political deception in Ohio history, Kasich wants to change his Tea Party stripes in mid-term.
Most radical politicians who want to moderate their images around election time merely change their style or approach. But not our ultra-right wing governor. He wants to transform himself from Robert Bork to Robert Kennedy.
We’ve got news for Kasich. His re-invention ploy won’t work. Ohio voters are too smart. In addition, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and other Democratic leaders will remind voters of the real John Kasich.
* The real John Kasich who endorsed the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street millionaires and billionaires while opposing President Obama’s successful rescue of the auto industry in Ohio and other Midwestern states.
* The real John Kasich who tried to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees.
* The real John Kasich who cut tens of millions of dollars in state aid to public schools, while increasing taxpayer subsidies to profit-making charter schools whose owners donate huge amounts of money to Republican candidates.
* The real John Kasich who slashed tens of millions of dollars in state aid to local governments, money that no longer will go toward police and fire protection, parks, zoos, trash collection, environmental cleanup and road construction.
* The real John Kasich whose so-called tax reforms will save millionaires thousands of dollars a year while saddling low- and middle-income Ohioans with higher sales and property taxes.
In addition to our early-voting efforts, the Franklin County Democratic Party has been offering campaign training classes for candidates and their aides. We’ve already held four very successful sessions and plan several more.
Later this year, we also will begin candidate development training aimed at assisting those who are thinking about seeking elective office in the future.
Of course, the staff at party headquarters can do just so much.
Our Democratic candidates need help from a much larger group of people – our grassroots volunteers. Below, you will find the campaign phone numbers and email addresses of Democratic candidates who are running this year in Franklin County.
Please, volunteer to help at least one of these campaigns.
Contact Bill Hedrick
Contact Chris Myers
Contact Gena Miller Shelton
Contact Susan Wyant
A Troy Miller
Contact Jayme Staley
Contact Jayme Staley
Contact Ryan VanGuilder
Franklin County Democratic Business Breakfast successfully begun!
One of the new Franklin County Democratic Programs that is gathering interest is The FCDP Business Breakfast. We have received compliments from those that attended the first 2 Business Breakfasts, “The impact of the Stimulus and Governmental Controls on Wall Street” by Kevin Mahan, sponsored by The Boat House; the second Business Breakfast was “Public Transportation in Franklin County & Central Ohio” by Marty Stutz. This month we are pleased to announce that Mayor Michael Coleman will be addressing “The Columbus Schools Initiative.” You can RSVP by calling 614-229-5286 or at email@example.com.
The current FCDP Blue Bucks members that attended have enjoyed their member benefit of a reduced cost to attend the FCDP Business Breakfast. Join us on Tuesday morning August 20 at 7:00 AM at the Boat House for a exciting Business Breakfast with Mayor Coleman. If you haven’t become a FCDP Blue Bucks member, you can do so on the FCDP web page www.fcdp.org and click on “Become a Member” at the top of the page. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Boat House for breakfast and to hear about “The Columbus Schools Initiative.”
Feature – Information about Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald
In each upcoming issue of the Report from the Chair, we plan to feature information about a key Democratic candidate for state, county or local office. We are featuring Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a candidate for governor, in this issue.
One of the qualities that stand out in FitzGerald’s long and distinguished career in public service is his deep commitment to families. He has shown this commitment as an FBI agent and prosecutor fighting to keep our families safe from crime and as a mayor and chief executive of Ohio’s most-populous county creating jobs and helping families afford college education.
As the seventh of eight children, FitzGerald knows the value of strong families. He and his wife, Shannon, are married more than 21 years and have four teen-age children – Jack, Connor, Colleen and Bridget.
FitzGerald worked his way through Ohio State and night law school. After completing his education, he became an FBI agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago.
After an outstanding career with the FBI, he returned to Ohio and became an assistant county prosecutor and later mayor of Lakewood. Under FitzGerald’s leadership, Lakewood was named one of the best places in Ohio to raise a family.
FitzGerald was elected Cuyahoga County executive in the wake of a series of political scandals. His reputation for integrity and a series of government reforms he instituted have restored the people’s faith in Cuyahoga County government. His efficiency programs have allowed the county to pump millions of dollars into investment programs to create good-paying jobs. Under FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County also has greatly expanded pre-school enrollment and created the largest county college savings account program in the nation.
By Greg Haas, chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party
This week we lost someone who was an inspiration and mentor to political activists throughout the Columbus area. Through his passion, integrity and honesty, Mike Schwarzwalder served as a focal point for an entire generation of activists and progressives. And he did it without self-promotion.
Mike, a former state senator and chief of staff for Mayor Michael Coleman, died Monday in his Columbus home after battling cancer for years.
Mike never asked whether an issue was popular or whether it would get him votes. Instead, Mike asked whether the issue was the right and just thing to do, whether it would help consumers and the average working family. That was the standard he used on issues ranging from his opposition to the Vietnam War to his advocacy for social justice, utility-rate reform, consumer protection and union collective-bargaining rights.
Mike was a personal inspiration to me, not just for the things he stood up for, but also for the way in which he stood for them. He didn't try to antagonize or belittle his opponents, and never engaged in negative personal politics.
Some political figures talk about fighting for the people. Mike worked for the right things but never turned it into a fight. He had a sense of humor that could diffuse the tensest situation. He always met people with a handshake and a mischievous - but friendly - smile. Because of his humanity and integrity, Mike always respected those who agreed and disagreed with him.
After earning a law degree in 1970 from Ohio State University, Mike served in Tanzania for two years with the Peace Corps. He was a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate for eight years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was Mayor Coleman's right-hand man in 2004 and then headed up the Environmental Stewardship Office, a joint effort between the city of Columbus and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
Although Mike took his work seriously, he never took himself or any of his titles too seriously. That was one of his most engaging qualities. He was a great combination of hippy, yippie and patriot.
Our condolences to his family.
**Please click on the link below for more details about each activity**
Franklin County Democratic Party
August 20, 2013 Business Breakfast
Speaker – Mayor Michael Coleman
Topic – The Columbus Schools Initiative
The Boat House
679 W Spring Street
Columbus Ohio 43215
7:00 AM – Registration
7:15 AM – Breakfast Buffet
7:30 AM – Mayor Michael Coleman
8:00 AM – Q & A Mayor Michael Coleman, Greg Haas
8:30 AM – Close, Greg Haas
$50.00 Per Person
RSVP Franklin County Democratic Party at
614-229-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP to Jennifer Dillard at email@example.com or by calling 614.229.5286
BANKING INDUSTRY SHOULD ORDER ITS GOP LACKEYS TO STOP OBSTRUCTING RICHARD CORDRAY'S NOMINATION
COLUMBUS: The time has come for the cabal of too big to fail Wall Street banks to order their lackeys in the GOP to stop obstructing the appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Despite the banking industry's willingness to accept government bailouts it is unwilling to accept government oversight. At the big banks behest Republicans blocked a vote on Cordray, who has majority support in the Senate, and are holding his nomination hostage because they want to change the law Congress passed and weaken the agency whose core mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for ordinary Americans.
Republicans vowed not to confirm any consumer financial bureau director, no matter how qualified, unless the agency was put under a five-member outside board and had its budget approved by Congress The banking industry knows giving control of the agency's budget to Congress and having it approve an oversight board would provide another way for their Republicans cronies to chip away at the agency's ability to function.
The truth is Cordray's credentials and qualifications have never been the issue. He is the right man for the job. We need to send Wall Street a message, they may not want a Sheriff patroling their street, but the people do.
So, let the confirmation process be a confirmation process. So, send your banker or broker or whatever you have a message, "We are mad, and we are not going to take it." Tell your friends to contact the banks and the brokers of the too big to fail crowd, "tell them to turn their lackies free."
Greg Haas, Chairman