Washington Democrat Establishment Backs “Mediocre At Best” Ted Strickland

Today the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) took a side in the Ohio U.S. Senate race – and they chose the guy everyone (except the establishment) hates – Ted Strickland. This comes after Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 3 Ohio congressmen endorsed Strickland, and the Ohio Democratic Party defended Strickland – and not his primary opponent. Another Ohio state rep went so far as to issue a warning to Strickland’s primary opponent.

But the Democratic establishment seems to be the only group that likes Strickland. Here’s what everyone else is saying about him in the Ohio newspapers:

“Congratulations on your next term, Sen. Rob Portman.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The death of the Democratic Party was confirmed Wednesday with the Strickland announcement.” Christopher Evans of the Northeast Ohio Media Group

“But his overall record as governor was mediocre at best.” … “That Strickland might be the Democrats’ strongest candidate for Portman’s Senate seat speaks volumes about the state of the party.” – Brent Larkin, writing at Cleveland.com

“Strickland’s return says a lot about the lack of young Democratic leaders waiting in the wings to freshen the brand.” – Sharon Broussard of the Northeast Ohio Media Group

So while the Democratic establishment loves Strickland, everyone else is far from thrilled.

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