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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, October 25, 2004

    Now, everyone can know Mr. Blackwell 

    Once Ohioblog took a break from compiling endorsements, there was time to read Julie Carr Smyth's telling profile of Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell in Sunday's The Plain Dealer. It's worth every Ohioan's time, because this is the Ken Blackwell I know from meetings with the Akron Beacon Journal editorial board and numerous one-on-one conversations (mostly by phone) over the years. The man is whip smart or as his grandmother put it ``all-out.'' He also has an ego larger than Lake Erie and ambitions that know no bounds. He's never met a stage he didn't like, and don't think he doesn't realize that he has the biggest of his life as the chief election officer of a state that will be key to deciding our next president. The question you'll have to answer - and you may have the chance to do so as Blackwell intends to run for governor in 2006 - is whether the broad spectrum of Blackwell enemies, in his own Republican Party as well as among Democrats, is a good sign for ordinary Ohioans or a bad one. I side Dennis Eckart, former Democratic congressman as well Blackwell's former college classmate at Xavier University in Cincinnati, who has come to the conclusion that this is not the same Blackwell who once fought for equality on many fronts, not if Blackwell can adopt ``one of the narrowest constructions possible of the Help America Vote Act in the country.'' Blackwell is an opportunist. Too often, and certainly in the case of his narrow ruling on provisional votes, the opportunity is good for Ken but not so good for other Ohioans.
    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:08 AM

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