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Ohio Tea Party weighs in
October 5, 2010 - Rob Weaver
The Ohio Tea Party has issued its first endorsement in a statewide race. Robert Owens, Constitution Party candidate for Ohio attorney general, received the endorsement from Ohio Tea Party PAC. Notice of this endorsement was passed along by Kent Nord, a member of North Central Ohio conservatives. He and his wife are coordinating Owens’ campaign in Seneca County. Owens is running against Republican Mike DeWine, Libertarian Marc Allan Feldman and Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray. Two of those opponents -- DeWine and Cordray -- have much greater name recognition, so it will be interesting to see how the endorsement impacts the election. But I also find this interesting because there is other Constitution Party candidate in a statewide race -- Eric Deaton, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by George Voinovich, who is retiring. Plus, Libertarian Party candidates are running for governor (Ken Matesz), state auditor (Michael Howard), secretary of state (Charles Earl), treasurer (Matthew Cantrell) as well as attorney general (Marc Feldman). Matesz even calls for eliminating the state income tax -- all while balancing the state budget. I'll be watching to see whether the group backs other statewide candidates. Before voting on the endorsement, the Ohio Tea Party PAC asked candidates to complete a survey addressing topics designed to discern their philosophy and approach to elected office. To see the survey (but not results), go here: http://www.ohioteapartypac.com/Candidate_Survey.html.
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