|Cincinnati Enquirer Reports Chabot Not Running|
The list has a few surprises. Sitting Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Pat DeWine is going to try to move up to the Ohio Court of Appeals. DeWine has a job and two years left in his term. But he wants to bail out early. He doesn't have to give up the lower court judgeship while he seeks the higher court post -- it's a process the pols call "running safe." DeWine has a Democratic opponent in Bruce Whitman, a skilled and well-known lawyer who can put together a campaign that will have the resources to make the race competitive. DeWine is the son of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Whitman will make sure that DeWine has no cakewalk to appeals court. And there is this: Every seat on Ohio's First District Court of Appeals is held by a Republican. Whitman is out to break that mionopoly.
[UPDATE 12/9 8:26 a.m. -- Today's Cincinnati Enquirer prints a correction on Page A 2 and admits it omitted Chabot's name, along with two others who filed petitions. The was no explanation offered about how the error was made -- sloppiness, technology, incorrect information, deadlines. The newspaper could be a bit more transparent on that score. Still, it did the right thing to set the record straight.]