Monday, July 17, 2006

OH6: Charlie Wilson "Poster Boy for Ineptitude"

This just in from the Blasdel campaign:
6th Congressional District candidate Charlie Wilson spent more than $1 million just to get his name on the ballot after an embarrassing petition foul-up that forced him to run an extravagant write-in campaign, according to finance records.

And a column by political analyst Stuart Rothenberg in today’s Roll Call newspaper labels Wilson the “poster boy for ineptitude.”

Rothenberg writes: “Let’s be brutally honest: You have to be running a pretty inept campaign if you can’t get on most ballots. It’s not brain surgery. Yet this cycle, a number of supposedly credible political candidates did just that.

“Ohio Democrat Charlie Wilson became the poster boy for ineptitude when he failed to submit 50 (yes, 50!) qualified signatures to secure a spot on Ohio’s 6th district Democratic primary ballot. Too many of his signatures came from outside the Congressional district, so Wilson had to become the Democratic nominee for Congress through an expensive write-in campaign.”

And an article that ran over the weekend in the (Youngstown) Vindicator notes that, “Without Wilson's loans, the campaign would have a deficit.”

Wilson so far has put in more than half-a-million dollars into his campaign, including a new loan of $45,209 in the last day of the second quarter, according to his most recent financial report. Combined with the $613,000 that the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee spent during the write-in, the grand total just to get Wilson’s name on the ballot comes to more than $1.6 million.

“Charlie Wilson is depending on his personal treasure chest and liberal Democrat leaders who do not represent the values of the 6th Congressional District to fund his campaign,” said Blasdel Communications Director Jessica Towhey. “The lack of attention to detail in getting just 50 valid signatures for the nominating petitions should be a cause of concern for 6th District voters. If Wilson is so inept as to not be able to secure 50 valid signatures, how frightening would the consequences be if he manages to get elected to higher office?”

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