Leave it to the Republicans to mud-sling right out of the gates in Ohio’s governor race primaries. The best part is thatare not being disputed by either Ken Blackwell or Jim Petro, both GOP contenders:
Blackwell’s ads have also hit on the state’s biggest scandals, seeking to taint Petro with connections to a state investment in rare coins that went awry and to tie him to Gov. Bob Taft, who pleaded no contest to four ethics violations last year involving a failure to report free golf outings and gifts.
[…] Petro, who lagged in polls published Sunday, has hammered Blackwell as a hypocrite who opposes abortion and gambling while some of his multimillion dollar stock portfolio is invested in those interests.
What many news outlets are failing to mention is Dr. Bill Peirce’s stealth campaign, which on Monday turned in 13,394 signatures of the 5,000 needed to get on the ballot in Ohio. Peirce, an economist and professor emeritus from Case University has consistently stuck to his simple message of less taxes and government bloat (including the abolition of eminent domain abuse) while proposing deregulating casino gambling in contrast to the monopolistic approach being sought.
There’s something to be said for a candidate who stays away from the petty mudslinging, but one message may resound clear to voters as the election looms: The other candidates do suck, perhaps a third option is in order.
For any Ohio libertarians out there, it’s good to know that the first.
[disclaimer: Stephen VanDyke is an avid supporter and ally of the Peirce for Ohio Governor campaign and has received payment in association with his work for them. This post is not paid for or endorsed by the candidate]