Democrats trade theories about why Donald Trump won so many blue-collar voters in eastern Ohio. Josh Mandel launches a Twitter attack on the early favorite for DNC chair. And there’s a new online effort to persuade John Kasich to run for U.S. Senate. Today’s Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer.
We hope you enjoy this pre-Thanksgiving edition of the Roundup. We’ll be back again on Monday.
Sinkin’ down in Youngstown: The Washington Post’s James Hohmann takes an in-depth look at one of Ohio Democrats’ main post-election self-criticisms: how and why Donald Trump won so much support among blue-collar Dems in Youngstown and elsewhere in eastern Ohio.
It’s the economy, stupid: Mahoning County Democratic Chair David Betras points to a private memo he sent Hillary Clinton’s campaign in May warning that they needed to focus more on jobs, trade and the economy. Clinton campaign officials fired back that they knew they had a problem in Youngstown and sent Clinton and surrogates to campaign there, but the real reason they suffered was that the campaign was unable to tap into economic anxiety nationally.
It’s other issues, too: State Rep.-elect Glenn Holmes of Trumbull County said it was more than just trade. Many Dems believed that Clinton wanted to confiscate their guns, supported late-term abortion and would not stop un-vetted Syrian refugees from pouring into the country.
More ‘Is Ohio still relevant?’ talk: Hohmann writes many D.C. Democrats believe they should start paying less attention to Ohio and more attention to Southwestern states such as Nevada and Arizona. But, not surprisingly, “Ohioans of both parties say that’s hooey” as “Trump is an outlier.”
Mixed reactions: Ohio lawmakers had varying responses to Trump’s announcement that he doesn’t plan to launch an investigation of Clinton when he becomes president, the Dayton Daily News’ Jessica Wehrman writes.
U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, a Troy Republican, “seemed disappointed” by the news, stating, “If Hillary Clinton broke the law, she should be prosecuted.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Columbus Democrat, said he was “glad” to hear of Trump’s decision.
Josh Mandel targets Keith Ellison: State Treasurer and likely 2018 U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel has sent out a series of tweets in recent days against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who’s seeking to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
In his tweets, Mandel highlights stories (mostly from the right-leaning Daily Caller) tying Ellison to Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and other “Islamic radicals.”
Mandel’s tweets were deemed “racist” by Justin Barasky, an Ohio native who serves as communications director for Priorities USA, a pro-Clinton super PAC.
Mandel is no stranger to using Islamic imagery on the campaign trail: in 2010, he aired an infamous TV ad associating Democratic opponent Kevin Boyce with a mosque.
Draft Kasich: Ohio State University student Devin Bilski of Perrysburg has launched a Twitter account, Facebook page and change.org petition to draft John Kasich to run for U.S. Senate in 2018, reports Carl Weiser of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bilski said he hasn’t spoken with Kasich about the idea; a Kasich spokesman said he hadn’t heard of Bilski’s efforts. Buy-in has been modest so far: as of Tuesday afternoon, 68 people signed the Draft Kasich petition, while 141 people liked Bilski’s Facebook page.
Tick tock: “Boards of elections across the state are scrambling to finish certifying and counting more than 260,000 provisional and absentee ballots” by Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Jon Husted’s expedited deadline, the Columbus Dispatch’s Jim Siegel reports. Election boards would normally have until Nov. 29 to certify vote totals, but Husted asked to speed up the counting so a potential recount wouldn’t stretch into Christmas week.
Two for Tim: So far, two House Democrats have endorsed U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan for minority leader: Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and Kathleen Rice of New York, according to The Hill’s Cristina Marcos. Meanwhile, several other Democrats have declared support for incumbent Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Twitter using the hashtag #StandWithNancy.
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