Dems Endorse Sharen Neuhardt As Candidate For U.S. Congress For Ohio’s New 10th District

Sharen Neuhardt last night was endorsed by the MCDP to be the Democratic candidate to represent Ohio's 10th Congressional District. This picture was taken from Sharen's web-site.

Of the six Democrats seeking to be nominated at the March 6 Democratic Primary to represent Ohio’s new 10th District, DavidEsrati reports, the Montgomery County Democratic Party last night endorsed Sharen Neuhardt.

According to The Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting, the 10th District is only one of three Ohioan congressional districts, out of 16 total, that can be considered “competitive.”  With redistricting, the old 3rd District, represented by Republican Mike Turner, merged with the 7th District and, very mathematically, is now the 10th District.  The new district picked up a lot of Montgomery County Democrats previously excluded from the 3rd District. The new 10th includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette.

According to the group’s analysis, in the 10th district, the “Republican index” is 54.18 and the “Democratic index” is 45.82.

Statistically, the Republican candidate has the advantage, but the index doesn’t show the growing frustration of voters with all incumbents. The “approval” of congress is now 10% — an all time low — and incumbent Mike Turner, in this election, will need to deal with rising voter  consternation. Many habitual Republican voters are ready to “throw the bums out.”

The MCDP, I’m sure, will say they chose the most qualified of the six candidates. Neuhardt is a successful Greene County attorney, who, in 2008, after the retirement of long time congressman, Republican Dave Hobson, was the Democratic candidate seeking election to the 7th Congressional District. She spent over $800,000, received 42% of the vote, but lost to Steve Austria.

One big factor in any endorsement is electability and, in order to get elected, it seems a candidate must be able to raise huge amounts of money. I’m sure the fact that Neuhardt raised $800,000 in her 2012 campaign made a big impact on the Democratic Party leadership and influenced their endorsement.

Blogger David Esrati is seeking the nomination and has been working hard at his campaign. He objects to the MCDP making their endorsement. He writes, in “The Democratic Monarchy of Montgomery County Endorsed Dirty Money tonight”: “Running a 1% candidate against a 1% incumbent will put the local Dems at 0 and 6 against Turner. In case they haven’t noticed, people are getting turned off by the big money being slung around.” In his campaign speeches, Esrati downplays the importance of money, saying his campaign will not need huge sums of money because he will run an “unconventional campaign.”

But, it is not surprising that the Party, all other factors being equal, would go with a money campaign rather than an unconventional one.  Most party members, I’m sure, agree with Former Party chair, Dennis Lieberman, who is quoted as saying, in a December DDN article, a successful Democratic congressional candidate would have to “be able to raise a lot of money.”

Two years ago the nominee was a 25 year old,  Joe Roberts. He raised practically no money and ran a very ineffective campaign. Esrati, and the other Democrats not chosen for endorsement, cannot be surprised that the party endorsed the candidate with the track record of raising a lot of cash.

I’m opposed, in principle, to the Party making endorsements. But reforming the MCDP is a challenge for another time.

 

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5 comments to Dems Endorse Sharen Neuhardt As Candidate For U.S. Congress For Ohio’s New 10th District

  • Eric

    Is Sharen Neuhardt prepared defend the Obama administration’s record on human rights abuses in public education? How? Was this even part of candidate endorsement process? Or have Montgomery County Democrats subordinated human rights to fundraising?

  • I one of the six candidates for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. I am a fiscal conservative that believes we need to reduce the deficit in order to ensure the best standard of living for us and are children.

    Like Mr. Esrati, I write extensively about my views and I’m proud to say that many of my posts that seemed outrageous when composed are now considered common sense.

    To highlight this fact I am going on record as saying I can do with $10′s of thousands of dollars what it takes other candidates $100′s of thousands of dollars.

    How about you. Would you trade two stamps for good government?

    Thanks for considering me as a candidate.

    Tom McMasters

  • I one of the six candidates for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. I am a fiscal conservative that believes we need to reduce the deficit in order to ensure the best standard of living for us and our children.

    Like Mr. Esrati, I write extensively about my views and I’m proud to say that many of my posts that seemed outrageous when composed are now considered common sense.

    To highlight this fact I am going on record as saying I can do with $10′s of thousands of dollars what it takes other candidates $100′s of thousands of dollars.

    How about you? Would you trade two stamps for good government?

    Thanks for considering me as a candidate.

    Tom McMasters

  • If the MCDP had a brain- they would look at 2006 and see that Bill Connor ran against powerful incumbent Dave Hobson in the same OH-7 district that Sharen complains was gerrymandered. He spent $10K and received 39.6% of the vote.
    In 2008, Sharen Neuhardt spent $833K – including $110K of her own money- and received 42% of the vote, despite sharing a ticket with Barack Obama.
    That’s a pretty ineffective way of gaining 3% points.
    To top it all off, she’s starting out $90K in the hole to her old campaign, accepted money from the big banks, special interests and corporate lobbyists. She’s an incompetent campaigner, no match for Turner- never mind the guy she couldn’t beat, Austria, who knew better to try and take on Turner.
    The Montgomery County Democratic Party elite who believe they have the rights to be kingmakers should have learned when their Chairman, Mark Owens, ran Rhine McLin’s campaign into the ground against Gary Leitzell who had 1/6 the money and no experience.
    #FAIL
    In the meantime, I’ve produced over 40 videos for the campaign, 4 different pieces of literature, put up signs, built a site- and have a mobile organizing tool- all for under $5k
    Sharen hired a campaign manager, hasn’t produced squat but has been hitting up her co-workers at Thompson Hine for money to pay off her campaign debt. Wow.

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