Skip to comments.Jean Schmidt called young Republican activists, "young Hitlers"
Posted on 03/08/2006 8:01:25 PM PST by conservative_2001
As a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) expressed her contempt for a future colleague and allegedly likened young Republican activists to Hitler, according to an interview published by the local paper at the time.
While shadowing Schmidt at the convention, The Cincinnati Enquirer reporter initially described Schmidt as a woman who will speak her mind whenever she pleases.
Schmidt, who was 32 at the time, provided evidence for this assessment during her time with the reporter, who quoted her taking issue with future Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), who was then President Reagans transportation secretary. During her tenure at Transportation, Dole wanted to impose a nationwide drinking age of 21.
I hate that woman, she told the reporter. I just cant stand her. Anyone who wants to force an increase in the drinking age to 21. She can send our boys off to fight wars when theyre 17 and 18 but wont let them drink till theyre 21.
She added, That stinks.
The article also details her booing during a Dole appearance at the convention.
A spokeswoman for Dole, chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, declined to comment for this report.
Barry Bennett, Schmidts chief of staff, said, The conservatives and the moderates didnt get along very well in the 1980s. You cant take a remark in the heat of a campaign out of context. Thats not fair.
Bennett added that Schmidt was a Reagan supporter when the article was written.
Later in the article, while expressing her opinions about young Republican activists, she said, They look like young Hitlers to me. Theyre so grim and deadly serious about the cause.
How are we going to attract mainstream kids to our party, kids who like to have fun and dont take themselves so seriously? she asked.
Bennett disputed that Schmidt made the comment, explaining that her twin sister, Jennifer Black, who was also mentioned in the paragraph, made the remark.
When asked to comment about her sisters supposed remark, Bennett replied, I dont work for her sister.
Michael Harlow, a spokesman for former Rep. Bob McEwen (R-Ohio), who is challenging Schmidt in the May primary, said, It is disappointing to hear the contempt Mrs. Schmidt holds for Senator Dole, a woman who Bob McEwen and most Americans hold in very high esteem.
He added: Also, the hardworking activists she called Hitlers were instrumental in our successful efforts to gain the majority for just the second time in 70 years.
Schmidt defeated McEwen in an 11-candidate primary in July in a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who became the U.S. trade representative.
James P. Urling, chairman of the Cincinnati-based Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), a group founded by another former Schmidt opponent, Tom Brinkman, said, Jean Schmidt has a history of nasty barbs aimed at values we all hold dear.
Schmidt faces a primary in May against McEwen as well as a general election in November. Brinkman has since dubbed Schmidt Mean Jean and has called her a pathological liar.
Bennett responded by calling Brinkman the king of outrageous comments and "a fringe player in politics in Cincinnati."
Schmidts unabashed candor became national news and the butt of a joke on "Saturday Night Live" in November. She had made negative remarks about 17th-term Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) after he called for Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq. Schmidt later withdrew her words.
On Tuesday, Schmidt removed a claim on her website that Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) had endorsed her in the Republican primary this year after Tancredo and Chabots office said it was not true.
Well, her comments about the drinking age, and the Dole's are spot on. One cannot like Reagan and the Dole's at the same time. The Dole's are the antithesis of the Reagan wing of the party.
Except she should not have said, "I hate that woman."
Yeah, you're right. If we have philosophical differences with fellow republicans, booing them is a great idea. It shows the extent of the GOP's solidarity.
You know those people cannot be trusted. Why start now.
Noticing the Schmidt woman has a twin sister, odds are there's a bit of sibling competition there ~
The long knives are out for those who dare call dems unpatriotic.
Look at the author of this piece...Jackie Kuchinich? Related to Dennis the Menace? I have my douubts about it being true.
But Hitler was a National Socialits (national socilist=democrat party.)
You should learn not to trust journalists description of events and sayings. What was the true context, true intent, was it whimsy or serious, etc.. Do you think the journalist was motivated by a desire to demonize? Would they do that to a republican, never!
I don't pretend to know this Jean Schmidt but it sounds like a political campaign in progress to me, with the media carrying some water for the challenger(s).
Give her credit. She was absolutely right about the drinking age vs. the fighting age and the voting age.
And it was dumb to mention Hitler, because it gives ammunition to the enemy. But all she said if you look at it closely is that Young Republicans look too serious. Frankly I've noticed that too, in the past. It's not a criticism of their views, it's a criticism of their looks and their clothes. She's suggesting that if they loosened up a bit, they might attract more converts to the cause. That's pretty harmless, too.
This article mentions your girlfriend!
This Hill article took information from a Cincinnati Enquirer article. The last name of this author isn't relevant to begin with, especially since she's not the one who reported the event.
LMAO, now the scumbag Democrat press is going back 22 years to smear Schmidt?
"..Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, was born Oct. 8, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, and is the eldest of seven siblings. He attended Cleveland State University in 1967, but earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in communications from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Kucinich is a Roman Catholic vegan who is divorced and has one 18-year-old daughter, Jackie..."
Con2001, your obsession with Congresswoman Schmidt borders on the pathological. What's next ? Calling for her assassination so you can have Bob "I never wrote a check that didn't bounce" McEwen ? Perhaps her office ought be informed about you. Get some help.
Bob Dole is far too "moderate" and wishy washy for my tastes, but he's a great American and was generally a loyal party guy. Not a conservative, by any means, but a solid citizen.
His wife is, and always was, a dingbat twit.
Dennis the Menace has a daughter named Jackie.
It's not the author trying to smear her, which is par for the course, it's the McEwen disciple/troll who started this execrable thread.