October 11, 2006


Anonymous poison pen used against guv candidate (Jim Phillips, 2005-12-15, Athens NEWS)

When U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland's Republican opponent tried in 2000 to make a campaign issue out of Strickland's vote on a controversial House resolution about child sexual abuse, Strickland went after his attacker legally and won sanctions against him.

Now, with Strickland, D-Lisbon, running for Ohio governor, someone else is trying -- anonymously -- to use his 1999 vote on the measure as a weapon to discredit him.

Local Democrats report having received unsigned letters, which purport to be from a Democrat who is supposedly concerned about Strickland's electability, based on the position he took on House Concurrent Resolution 107 during the 106th Congress.

The resolution, which Strickland did not support, condemned an academic study by the American Psychological Association, on the long-term effects of childhood sexual activity. The study concluded that available evidence suggests that sexual contact between adults and juveniles is not always highly destructive for the psyche of the younger person.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2006 11:53 AM

I was for it before I was against it.

Posted by: John Kerry at October 11, 2006 1:53 PM

Strickland went after his attacker legally and won sanctions against him.

From the article:
In May 2001, the [Ohio Elections Commission] announced a settlement with Azinger, in which the Republican - whom Strickland had crushed in the election - agreed to admit publicly that he'd broken a state law against telling lies about his opponent.

The lie of course, was telling the truth creatively, which is a right reserved to incumbent Democrats.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 11, 2006 2:14 PM

Isn't Mr. Strickland a psychiatrist by profession? You know, you'll never meet a psychiatrist who doesn't need one.

Posted by: AC at October 11, 2006 2:57 PM

Strickland is running ads on the Christian contemporary radio station in Cleveland stressing his commitment to "Biblical values" while he's simultaneously giving interviews to the Cleveland Pain* Dealer opining that we need more abortions in Ohio in order to attract new industry.

*An editorial comment, not a typo.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 12, 2006 7:25 AM