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(Toledo Blade)   Ohio state assemblyman is a shoo-in for re-election as he's running unopposed. Correction: Ohio state assemblyman's wife is a write-in for election after her husband forgot a small detail   (toledoblade.com) divider line 67
    More: Dumbass, Ohio State, Ohio House, Ohio, Rex Damschroder, reelection, Republican parties, write-in candidates, primaries  
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2014-02-22 10:13:06 PM  
I'd laugh my ass off if his wife did not withdraw.
 
2014-02-22 10:28:43 PM  
Rex Damschroder
 www.toledoblade.com
 
2014-02-22 11:21:06 PM  
hlcc.org

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2014-02-22 11:59:44 PM  
Christ, what a stupid, bumbling asshole.
 
2014-02-23 02:10:27 AM  

grimlock1972: I'd laugh my ass off if his wife did not withdraw.


There's a dirty joke about male Republican politicians in there somewhere.
 
2014-02-23 02:15:46 AM  

vudukungfu: Christ, what a stupid, bumbling asshole.

 
2014-02-23 03:22:37 AM  
"I'm too dumb or careless to fill out the paperwork to get elected, but you should elect me to represent you because I'll get things done!"
 
2014-02-23 03:35:25 AM  

Radak: grimlock1972: I'd laugh my ass off if his wife did not withdraw.

There's a dirty joke about male Republican politicians in there somewhere.


And you know someone is just Akin to tell it!
 
2014-02-23 04:56:04 AM  
Damn, Schroeder....You're an idiot.
 
2014-02-23 05:46:03 AM  
Are the Ron Paulians still about? I remember how they took positions in several state and county GOP by knowing the rules in and out and beating the establishment who took procedure for granted.

A low turnover primary, which is a write-in no less, and fanatical Ron Paul followers could make for a trainwreck of a race.
 
2014-02-23 05:55:38 AM  
Gee. They've made it so hard for third parties even incumbents are failing to get on the ballots.
 
2014-02-23 06:26:52 AM  
"She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find

So the voters will pick one candidate at an election ... and then that person decides on their own to hand the nomination to someone else?  Either this guy, his party, or the state of Ohio has a very weird definition of the word 'legal'.

/well, he is a politician
 
2014-02-23 06:47:59 AM  
"See, I *told* you government doesn't work!"
 
2014-02-23 07:19:28 AM  

Karac: So the voters will pick one candidate at an election ... and then that person decides on their own to hand the nomination to someone else? Either this guy, his party, or the state of Ohio has a very weird definition of the word 'legal'.


At least the state's managed to put a stop to all the wtf'ery present in the ALEC Belt.  The only downside is that ALEC used that as an opportunity to write the RTW law so that Michiganders couldn't do the same thing.
 
2014-02-23 08:03:45 AM  
These pasty white male conservatives view public office as an entitlement or what?
 
2014-02-23 08:10:04 AM  
"Mr. Damschroder wants a third two-year term in his second go-round in the Ohio House. He was forced to withdraw from the race after learning that he'd failed to sign two of his five petitions to officially become a candidate."

Not white knighting (white damseling?) the guy or anything, but this kind of shiat happens all the time. Blink and you can run afoul of election rules. I've seen it happen on numerous elections. Running wis wife as a write-in is a pretty creative workaround. I'm certain I would never vote for the guy but I have sympathy for him.
 
2014-02-23 08:39:25 AM  

Karac: "She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find

So the voters will pick one candidate at an election ... and then that person decides on their own to hand the nomination to someone else?  Either this guy, his party, or the state of Ohio has a very weird definition of the word 'legal'.

/well, he is a politician


There is precedent for passing the election results between spouses, though it usually involves the one on the ballot to die
 
2014-02-23 08:39:29 AM  
Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?
 
2014-02-23 08:49:45 AM  

Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?


I think he's been disqualified for not filing signed petitions.
 
2014-02-23 08:51:50 AM  
How incompetent is Damschroder?

So incompetent, he could run for mayor of Washington, DC.
 
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2014-02-23 08:52:01 AM  

Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?


From the article:

The move also denied him the chance to run as a write-in candidate for a position for which he would have otherwise been unopposed.

™ articles, I read/learn from them
 
2014-02-23 08:53:31 AM  

Karac: So the voters will pick one candidate at an election ... and then that person decides on their own to hand the nomination to someone else? Either this guy, his party, or the state of Ohio has a very weird definition of the word 'legal'.


More likely there is a rule that says if the party's nominee withdraws from the race before the general election, that the  party can select a replacement rather than go through with another costly primary election. He's assuming that the local GOP officials would play ball and insert his name on the ballot when his wife withdraws. Which they almost certainly would but it would be funny if they picked someone else instead.
 
2014-02-23 08:59:12 AM  
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2014-02-23 09:09:31 AM  
"She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find..."

Legal?  Really?  Nominating someone who got no votes?
 
2014-02-23 09:21:26 AM  
Nothing like tripping over the first hurdle.  Proceed.
 
2014-02-23 09:21:58 AM  

Emposter: "She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find..."

Legal?  Really?  Nominating someone who got no votes?


She's not being nominated, she's running in a primary. I fail to see what votes have to do with anything. She has to declare by a certain date and pay a filing fee.
 
2014-02-23 09:28:58 AM  

ginandbacon: Emposter: "She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find..."

Legal?  Really?  Nominating someone who got no votes?

She's not being nominated, she's running in a primary. I fail to see what votes have to do with anything. She has to declare by a certain date and pay a filing fee.


From what I understand, they're planning on having her husband take her place if she wins the primary, which would make him the nominee after not only having gotten zero votes, but also after being legally barred from running in the primary in the first place.
 
2014-02-23 09:40:04 AM  

qorkfiend: ginandbacon: Emposter: "She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find..."

Legal?  Really?  Nominating someone who got no votes?

She's not being nominated, she's running in a primary. I fail to see what votes have to do with anything. She has to declare by a certain date and pay a filing fee.

From what I understand, they're planning on having her husband take her place if she wins the primary, which would make him the nominee after not only having gotten zero votes, but also after being legally barred from running in the primary in the first place.


Yeah, that was my reading as well.  If it's legal, makes you wonder why they bother even having primaries, except for PR purposes.
 
2014-02-23 09:54:27 AM  

Emposter: qorkfiend: ginandbacon: Emposter: "She has offered to let me use her name as a write-in, acting as a placeholder," Mr. Damschroder said. "It's the only legal remedy we can find..."

Legal?  Really?  Nominating someone who got no votes?

She's not being nominated, she's running in a primary. I fail to see what votes have to do with anything. She has to declare by a certain date and pay a filing fee.

From what I understand, they're planning on having her husband take her place if she wins the primary, which would make him the nominee after not only having gotten zero votes, but also after being legally barred from running in the primary in the first place.

Yeah, that was my reading as well.  If it's legal, makes you wonder why they bother even having primaries, except for PR purposes.


No one bothered to run against him. It's very difficult to run as a write-in candidate in a contested election but this is not a contested election. Sure it was a stupid screw up on his part. Still, I've worked local campaigns where these kinds of screw ups happen. Once our Treasurer failed to submit one of our quarterly donor reports on the date it was required. He was a volunteer with a full time job and he just forgot when the deadline was. 

Another time, my candidate's campaign manager mixed up two different filing dates and we missed the date to submit our signatures to get on the ballot and she had to run as a write in. We won but it was a really difficult race.

Again, I'm not trying to say this is a good thing but it's not that unusual for these kind of procedural mistakes to happen. Given that he now can't run in the primary, this is a pretty smart way to get himself on the ballot for the general election without breaking the law. 

I still don't see the OUTRAGE here. Although I would probably campaign pretty hard for his opponent because he seems like a real POS.
 
2014-02-23 09:57:24 AM  

Radak: grimlock1972: I'd laugh my ass off if his wife did not withdraw.

There's a dirty joke about male Republican politicians in there somewhere.


Even if there wasn't , you wouldn't be able to keep yourself from just tossing that bone out there anyways.
 
2014-02-23 10:26:00 AM  

ginandbacon: I still don't see the OUTRAGE here.


That's probably because there's not nearly as much outrage as there is schadenfreude.
 
2014-02-23 10:48:53 AM  

King Something: ginandbacon: I still don't see the OUTRAGE here.

That's probably because there's not nearly as much outrage as there is schadenfreude.


The outrage comes when, due to the press coverage elevating public notice in a race normally ignored, his wife loses the write-in vote and he blames ACORN, Soros, the Black Panthers, Biden using his Trans-Am to smuggle votes from Texarkana, the lamestream media, Sarah Palin & Michele Bachmann never answering his Craigslist ad offering 500 roses for a Reverse 'Crossing the Delaware,' Obama's time machine and the continuing failure of the Cleveland Browns.
 
2014-02-23 11:09:42 AM  

ginandbacon: Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?

I think he's been disqualified for not filing signed petitions.


Rat: Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?

From the article:

The move also denied him the chance to run as a write-in candidate for a position for which he would have otherwise been unopposed.

™ articles, I read/learn from them


Reading is for nerds


....thank you.
 
2014-02-23 11:14:15 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: King Something: ginandbacon: I still don't see the OUTRAGE here.

That's probably because there's not nearly as much outrage as there is schadenfreude.

The outrage comes when, due to the press coverage elevating public notice in a race normally ignored, his wife loses the write-in vote and he blames ACORN, Soros, the Black Panthers, Biden using his Trans-Am to smuggle votes from Texarkana, the lamestream media, Sarah Palin & Michele Bachmann never answering his Craigslist ad offering 500 roses for a Reverse 'Crossing the Delaware,' Obama's time machine and the continuing failure of the Cleveland Browns.


Yeah, but that hasn't happened yet.

/and it's his own fault for only offering 500 roses when the going price is closer to 2,000
 
2014-02-23 11:22:32 AM  

ginandbacon: It's very difficult to run as a write-in candidate in a contested election but this is not a contested election.


FTFA: "The winner of the nomination would be the write-in candidate who gets the most votes, as long as the total is at least 50. "

that's a damn low threshold there matey. and if any of the other now announced write in candidates have some friends and a large family well this could get interesting.
 
2014-02-23 11:39:05 AM  
How did I know, before clicking on the story, that this guy would be a Republican?
 
2014-02-23 12:10:51 PM  

Curious: ginandbacon: It's very difficult to run as a write-in candidate in a contested election but this is not a contested election.

FTFA: "The winner of the nomination would be the write-in candidate who gets the most votes, as long as the total is at least 50. "

that's a damn low threshold there matey. and if any of the other now announced write in candidates have some friends and a large family well this could get interesting.


I think you should totally run against her in the primary election. It would be fairly easy and you still have plenty of time:

"A declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate in the primary election must be filed no later than 4 p.m. on February 24, 2014 (72 days before the May 6 primary election). (R.C. 3513.041)"

I think the filing fee is $85. I'm sure you could get Farkers to contribute to some kind of fund to raise that.
 
2014-02-23 12:24:50 PM  
It's the only legal remedy we can find

It might be legal, but it's hardly democratic.
 
2014-02-23 12:29:44 PM  

ginandbacon: I'm sure you could get Farkers to contribute to some kind of fund to raise that.


well i may not meet the residency requirements and are there enough Farkers there voting to ensure a win.

OTOH it's ohio so, no thanks.
 
2014-02-23 12:38:55 PM  
So the election commissioner has no leeway here? If the dude is unopposed, why not just say 'meh, you can be a write-in'?
 
2014-02-23 12:45:43 PM  
Hey, it's my state rep! Rex was never that bad but the way in which the Ohio GOP has run off the rails might signal it's time for a change.
 
2014-02-23 12:55:56 PM  

Curious: ginandbacon: I'm sure you could get Farkers to contribute to some kind of fund to raise that.

well i may not meet the residency requirements and are there enough Farkers there voting to ensure a win.

OTOH it's ohio so, no thanks.


LOL!
 
2014-02-23 01:01:16 PM  

lilbjorn: It's the only legal remedy we can find

It might be legal, but it's hardly democratic.


Political parties are private organizations. They are entitled to choose their representatives on the general ballot by any means they choose. I see no reason to expect the process to be "democratic."

Then again, I see no reason why the taxpayers should pay for the political parties' nominating processes. Publicly funded primaries are nonsense.
 
2014-02-23 01:14:21 PM  
A 'primary vote' election fraud.

Fraud is as fraud does, so lets see what other fraud he has in his closet of fraud.
 
2014-02-23 01:21:24 PM  

BMulligan: I see no reason why the taxpayers should pay for the political parties' nominating processes.


What do you mean by this? I'm not sure what this could refer to and would genuinely like to know as it would be troubling to me and something it seems like I ought to know about.
 
2014-02-23 02:06:29 PM  

fusillade762: [hlcc.org image 500x345]

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Oh, good grief!
 
2014-02-23 02:08:51 PM  

ginandbacon: BMulligan: I see no reason why the taxpayers should pay for the political parties' nominating processes.

What do you mean by this? I'm not sure what this could refer to and would genuinely like to know as it would be troubling to me and something it seems like I ought to know about.


Here in Washington, anyway, the political parties choose their nominees by means of a primary election. The primaries are conducted at public expense, just as the general election is. Traditionally, one had to declare membership in one of the parties in order to vote in that party's primary. The courts held that such a requirement was unconstitutional, and now we have open primaries in which the top two finishers advance to the general, regardless of party affiliation. The result is that in Seattle, where Republicans are as rare as hen's teeth, there will typically be two Democrats on the general election ballot. In Eastern Washington, however, where Democrats may be hunted without a license, the general election will usually be Democrat-free.

If the right of free association means anything, it must include the right to exclude. The parties are outraged by the current system, but would like to go back to choosing their nominees in publicly funded primaries. I support their right to choose their nominees however they choose, but I don't want to pay for it. Sadly, no one seems to agree with me.
 
2014-02-23 02:16:38 PM  

ginandbacon: Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?

I think he's been disqualified for not filing signed petitions.


Yeah but, why is he the only one who has to file signed filling petitions?
 
2014-02-23 02:16:55 PM  

BMulligan: ginandbacon: BMulligan: I see no reason why the taxpayers should pay for the political parties' nominating processes.

What do you mean by this? I'm not sure what this could refer to and would genuinely like to know as it would be troubling to me and something it seems like I ought to know about.

Here in Washington, anyway, the political parties choose their nominees by means of a primary election. The primaries are conducted at public expense, just as the general election is. Traditionally, one had to declare membership in one of the parties in order to vote in that party's primary. The courts held that such a requirement was unconstitutional, and now we have open primaries in which the top two finishers advance to the general, regardless of party affiliation. The result is that in Seattle, where Republicans are as rare as hen's teeth, there will typically be two Democrats on the general election ballot. In Eastern Washington, however, where Democrats may be hunted without a license, the general election will usually be Democrat-free.

If the right of free association means anything, it must include the right to exclude. The parties are outraged by the current system, but would like to go back to choosing their nominees in publicly funded primaries. I support their right to choose their nominees however they choose, but I don't want to pay for it. Sadly, no one seems to agree with me.


Huh. I have to think about this for a while. I'm instinctively in favor of publicly funded elections but I agree that the primary process might be considered less of a public good than a party party. Although I am old enough to remember when parties used to hand-pick the candidates and I wouldn't want to return to those days either. This is an interesting situation.

And thank you for taking the time to respond so thoroughly. It's honestly not something I had really considered.
 
2014-02-23 02:22:54 PM  

spawn73: ginandbacon: Car_Ramrod: Why isn't he running by himself as a write-in candidate?

I think he's been disqualified for not filing signed petitions.

Yeah but, why is he the only one who has to file signed filling petitions?


The petitions are to get on the ballot. You need X number of signatures from registered voters and then you (as the candidate) have to sign each page you have collected. It's a huge part of campaigning. No one else was running against him in the primary so no one else submitted those forms. His wife can run as a write-in as could anyone else who files by the deadline and pays the filing fee. But they cannot appear by name on the ballot.
 
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