ODP Chair, Chris Redfern, speaking with press after re-election
I’m happy to report the Ohio Democratic Party is as strong as ever and fully prepared to win essential races in 2012. I wrote about the competition for ODP Party Chair in a post titled, The Secret To Our Success, on April 1st. In that post I listed most of the reasons that Chairman Redfern is the right person for the job. I also listed reasons why I thought the challengers criticisms were invalid.
One criticism I didn’t know enough to respond to was the criticism about the public voting process. The challengers wanted a secret ballot. The reality is that our committee members are elected to vote on our behalf, so we need to have a public record on how they vote. It’s the same process by which we keep other elected officials accountable to the voters.
What I felt in the room last night was overwhelming love and solidarity. The people who work for us at the Ohio Democratic Party are truly passionate about getting our chosen candidates elected. I’m personally grateful to them for the stress they endure along the way as they face the challenges that are a natural part of the political process. I’m confident in our ability to overcome the flood of dark money that will be spent in Ohio to elect Republicans due to the Citizen’s United ruling. We represent the values and vision of Ohio voters and they know it. The Republicans keep showing their ugly true colors, like with SB5, and the voters can see it. With Chris Redfern as our party chair we stand the best chance possible of making sure Ohio voters aren’t confused by slick and repetitive misleading political advertising. Senate Bill Five painted a picture about who is on the side of the middle class in Ohio. Mitt Romney proclaiming that the auto industry should be left to die made it clear whose side he’s on. With Chis Redfern and the amazing team he has working with him, we will make sure the voters remember in November.
Here’s my video with highlights from the evening…
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