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(Rob) Portman running to succeed Voinovich (Ohio Senate 2010)
Politico ^ | January 12, 2009 | Josh Kraushaar

Posted on 01/12/2009 1:01:07 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative

Former Republican congressman Rob Portman will announce that he is running for the Senate soon after Ohio Sen. George Voinovich’s retirement announcement, according to multiple Republican sources.

Portman's official announcement is expected to take place on Wednesday.

Portman would give Senate Republicans an accomplished candidate who is likely to clear the primary field.

“He’s great on both policy and politics, and you don’t often find that combination,” said Hamilton County Republican party chairman Alex Triantafilou. “His experience in government, his experience in Washington and his understanding of Ohio would make him a tremendous force in the Senate.”

Portman would likely clear the Republican primary field, with other leading candidates unlikely to challenge him. A strong fundraiser from his days in the House, Portman is expected to have little trouble raising the millions necessary to mount a formidable statewide campaign. (He also has over $1.5 million remaining in his House campaign committee, which he can transfer over for a Senate race.)

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: amnesty; georgevoinovich; oh2010; ohio; robportman; senate; shamnesty
Good news. Portman is a good man and would be a solid candidate. Now we just need John Kasich to run for governor. A Kasich/Portman ticket in Ohio could be a great vote-getter.
1 posted on 01/12/2009 1:01:09 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Tim Ryan-another punk from Youngstown is floating the idea of running for Senate. He’s don NOTHING for the Mahoning Valley during his time in the house-so I guess he’s as qualified as Sherrod Brown.


2 posted on 01/12/2009 1:08:17 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Great news! He’s a good man.


3 posted on 01/12/2009 1:09:58 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Yep, Portman’s the ‘real deal’ for Conservatives. Glad he didn’t take a seat on the SS McCain back in the summer.

Portman should win Voinovich’s seat easily.


4 posted on 01/12/2009 1:10:44 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Portman is a good guy.

I met him personally when he visited my military unit. My photo was on his congressional website for a long time from that visit!

I asked him for an autographed photo of Bush...he just sent me one of himself. :(

That’s okay, by now I would have used the one of Bush as mulch.


5 posted on 01/12/2009 1:13:52 PM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Portman thumbs up. Kasich thumbs down. Kasich = Mediawhore.


6 posted on 01/12/2009 1:15:03 PM PST by exist
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To: St. Louis Conservative

7 posted on 01/12/2009 1:16:41 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy

This is great news. Conservative former Congressman Rob Portman would be a *huge* upgrade over Voinovich, and he’s as strong a candidate as the GOP can muster for a statewide race in OH (with the arguable exception of John Kasich).


8 posted on 01/12/2009 1:19:24 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Excellent news! Portman was a terrific conservative representative. Just the medicine we need after the dark latter years of George V.


9 posted on 01/12/2009 1:23:05 PM PST by Blogger
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Although I’d like to see Blackwell take a run, if the party unifies behind Portman and the Dems have a nasty battle, we might hold this seat.


10 posted on 01/12/2009 1:33:19 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I noticed a lot of people Called him a good man, and a conservatives, so I decided to look him up.

I saw a bad thing here and there at first. He said that the media wasn’t being sexist towards Palin, and the media actually “keeps us honest” about things. He supported the Kyoto protocol. These raised my eyebrows.

Then I found out he was 100% pro-Amnesty. FAIR gives him a 0% on his report card. He voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who use hospitals. His whole record is 100% pro-illegal alien.

I cannot support him.


11 posted on 01/12/2009 1:33:58 PM PST by Jeb21 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: mrmargaritaville

Would that mean a comeback by Traficant, perhaps?


12 posted on 01/12/2009 1:40:55 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Las Vegas Dave; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Norman Bates; ExTexasRedhead; ...

Actually, this isn’t a great development. Rob Portmas has little name I.D outside of Cincinnati, and he is closely identified with the Bush White House.


13 posted on 01/12/2009 1:46:39 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If greed is a virtue, than corporate socialism is conservative)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Kasich/Portman ticket

Wouldn't THAT be great!

14 posted on 01/12/2009 3:08:31 PM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Clintonfatigued

LOL - you used to be a big Portman booster! What happened, CF??


15 posted on 01/12/2009 3:27:10 PM PST by Norman Bates (Steele for RNC)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Two old Republican Senators are retiring. But we got two rising stars to replace them - Sarah Steeleman and Rob Portman. In a neutral political climate, these two stars would be favored. However I fear the current political climate may drag them down. Here’s hoping the bad economy drags the Messiah down in 6 months.


16 posted on 01/12/2009 5:33:35 PM PST by yongin (Conservatives need to start acting like homosexual activists)
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To: yongin

I agree if we’re talking about right now or 2006, but 2010 could be totally different, and chances are that it will be a lot friendlier to Republicans than 2006 or 2008 was. Who would have thought 2006 would be a disaster after the successful 2002 and 2004 elections?

We’ll be back.


17 posted on 01/12/2009 5:40:03 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I don’t know. People in OH like to do as their neighbors do, and the country is now Democrat, and they may follow.


18 posted on 01/12/2009 7:29:29 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is neither "compassionate nor conservative.")
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To: Theodore R.

For now. Things change.


19 posted on 01/12/2009 7:57:47 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Norman Bates

I was supportive of Rob Portman for VP, thinking he could help McCain in the Cincinnati area. But the anti-Bush undertow last year was greater than I had anticipated. Bush is the Republican Jimmy Carter and the ‘Rats will have him to run against for the next couple of election cycles.

If Portman is the nominee, I’ll support him. But I think we’d be better off with someone who has a more independent image.


20 posted on 01/12/2009 8:09:37 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If greed is a virtue, than corporate socialism is conservative)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

It’s probably still going to be very difficult for Republicans to make any significant political gains in ‘10, especially in all of the “blue states”, IMHO. The MSM will, obviously, still blame any present Republicans at every political level, blame any former Republican POTUS, blame conservative talk radio (at least until the Fairness Doctrine is officially fully implemented), and blame conservatives in general, for any to all future problems on all issues. Truly amazing things and truly terrible things will actually have to happen on a variety of issues, in order for a serious conservative political “bounce” upwards to occur throughout the U.S. in ‘09 and beyond.


21 posted on 01/12/2009 8:25:37 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: Jeb21

I don’t think the people of OH will support him either. He may not be what some conservatives think, for his ties to GWB reveal the truth.


22 posted on 01/12/2009 8:25:43 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is neither "compassionate nor conservative.")
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Norman Bates; Clintonfatigued

Certainly that he was a Bush OMB director will be used against him. He wisely got the hell out of there quick. Possibly because he disagreed with huge spending which if true he needs to talk about.

Kasich has that more ‘independant image’ and can point to having a lot to do with the first balanced federal budject in 10000 (was it 30?) years. But there was his boring show on Fox and his love for Gary Condit. But I think he’d make a good Senator as would Portman.

I’d love to see Blackwell run if he loses the Chairmanship race. But would he be hurt by his 06 beatdown?

We certainly don’t need a bitter primary. I’d also like someone to stand against Strickland even though last I checked he has Frank Laushe popularity.

Winning downballot races like SEC OF STATE!!! and taking back the state house are vital for Ohio Republicans in 2010 or else redistricting could be painful.


23 posted on 01/12/2009 9:44:52 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Theodore R.; Jeb21; St. Louis Conservative

I never heard about him being proamnesty.

I’m hoping he left as OMB Director so quickly cause he didn’t agree with Bush’s spending.


24 posted on 01/12/2009 9:47:50 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Elections are about turnout, especially midterms.


25 posted on 01/12/2009 9:52:21 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: The Old Hoosier; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; ...

Best DINO kook of all time, though obviously a criminal while Sherrif. I clapped when he voted for Hastert. Even though I’m not positive what he believes. I think he was run of the mill before he went all anti-government. Very poor ACU ratings until 1994. I think he hated Clinton but still be voted no on impeachment. Very interesting character, hard to pin down.


26 posted on 01/12/2009 10:01:28 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"Bush is the Republican Jimmy Carter"

Oooh, that's cold man.

27 posted on 01/12/2009 10:13:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: The Old Hoosier

I think Traficant is finished in politics. He’s got 8 months left until he gets out but I don’t see he running for office again. The D’s will pick another machine politician should Ryan run for the Senate. I wouldn’t be suprised to see Capri Cafaro run for the seat-she’ll move into Ryan’s district. I’ve always suspected that her father and family ratted Traficant out in order to get him out of the way so she could run for his seat-she tried it once and got her butt whipped, she’ll try it again.


28 posted on 01/13/2009 4:44:32 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj

“Obviously a criminal” while sheriff? He was acquitted in his federal prosecution despite not being represented by counsel (he was a non-lawyer and represented himself) by convincing the jury that he was holding his own sting operation when he allegedly was receiving bribes. His conviction as a Congressman was largely for the “crime” of getting his House staffers to join him in having some beers and scraping barnacles off his houseboat. I’m not saying that he was 100% on the up-and-up, but he probably got less of a personal benefit from the public fisc than 99% of “honest” Congressmen.

FREE JIM!


29 posted on 01/13/2009 5:51:56 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

They’ve been blaming conservatives and Republicans since the beginning of time. They were blaming Bush the elder in 1994 too.


30 posted on 01/13/2009 6:13:28 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Jeb21

Thanks...I was just about to look him up.

He won’t be getting my support any more than Voinovich did.

In fact...if he runs, I’ll do my best to make certain his position on illegal immigration is known throughout my extensive network.


31 posted on 01/13/2009 7:11:32 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: Kimberly GG
>"Ambassador Rob Portman was appointed United States Trade Representative by President George W. Bush..."


>"He was also a prolific legislator known for reaching across the aisle to achieve results."

>"He served in the first Bush White House from 1989-1991 as Associate Counsel to the President and later as Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs."

http://www.ustr.gov/Who_We_Are/Bios/Ambassador_Rob_Portman.html


* Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)

* Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)

* Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

* Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)


>"He successfully worked with Congress to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the Bahrain FTA."


NUMBERS USA - Immigration Grades

http://grades.betterimmigration.com /testgrades.php3?District=OH&VIPID=623&retired=1

NUMBERS USA - Voting Record

http://profiles.numbersusa.com/improfile.php3?DistSend=OH&VIPID=623

32 posted on 01/13/2009 8:04:08 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Those charges while he was in Congress seem trumped up. (Gary Condit being the only one voting not to expel him was priceless though)

I’m still suspicious about the “sting”. But whatever the jury believed him.

Sure he should be freed. He’s been in jail for years while criminal scum sit in the halls of power.

I wish he were DNC chair.


33 posted on 01/14/2009 1:19:36 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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