On Saturday, May 13th, The Plain Dealer reported that Ken Blackwell was not asked to join Sen. George Voinovich's anti-gambling powwow with Jim Petro and Betty Montgomery because "Blackwell's opposition to gambling is well known."
But also on Saturday, The Columbus Dispatch reported a different reason:
Both spoke yesterday at a news conference with U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, and David Zanotti, president of the American Policy Roundtable, which opposes gambling.I find this newest reason hard to believe. Since Ted Strickland received a $10,000 campaign contribution from the finance director of Beulah Park Racetrack, the overblown stock holdings excuse falls lame.
The show of unity developed some cracks, however, when Zanotti admitted that his group enlisted the support of Strickland but not Blackwell. That was because of the secretary of state's previous stock holdings in the slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology.
Is famous "moderate" George "Cryin' Man" Voinovich failing to play nice, trying to disunite the party?
Enquiring minds want to know.