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Lady President Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-05-05 10:41 PM
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120. So-so list
I can't speak for all of us in Ohio who are feeling lukewarm about this list, but I'll throw in my two cents. I will only discuss the members who I know personally, or who I can reliably discuss. (It doesn't seem fair to spread gossip, but I can understand that generalizations can be frustrating.) Also, as an active Dem. and member of the legal team that kept Nader off the ballot, I can think of many people who are more knowledgeable about election law.

Susan Gwinn: She's our all-star. She understands election law, and has worked with provisional ballot issues we have in Ohio. She will also address the problems with taking the vote from younger voters. (The hours to vote in college towns.)

Greg Haas: Bad choice. He is heading Mayor Coleman's Gubernatorial campaign and will not have to time to devote to voting issues. He is an average political consultant, but not a voting expert.

Senator Mark Mallory: I don't know him personally, but I have heard wonderful things. He is truly committed to ensuring that everyone, including the poor and minorities, are able to vote. Another great pick.

Ron Malone: On a purely personal basis, I don't like him. I was quite disappointed in AFSCME's support in 2004. A few of their members would grab some stage time with Kerry, but that was all the help they gave. Also, why would we want anyone who helped design the mess of system we currently have?

Jim Ruvolo: Nicer man you'll never meet. I'm not sure if he knows much about this issue, but if he has the ear of some powerful people. He is also well respected in Ohio. I think he belongs on the list for his contacts alone.

Nan Whaley: I'm torn about this pick. I really like Nan and she will be a very hard working member which is needed. However, I don't think she is qualified. (I don't have the heart to say anything else negative.)

Dennis White: He brings in money. Period. This is a good thing for ODP, but he should stick to fund raising.

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