|Brockmeier Mailer Tells East Side Democrats He's Pro-Choice|
"The passing of our legislation is a defining moment in Ohio history for the pro-life movement. Our late term abortion ban is part of a national strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade and today Ohio is one step closer to joining other states such as Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma who are currently saving these babies lives."Brockmeier's maildrop clearly declares he's embracing the pro-choice label, a label that is usually shunned by officeseekers in Hamilton County. SW Ohio politicians are often Catholics, (the bishops supports the bill that Driehaus co-sponsored) and tend to agree with the church that Roe vs. Wade went too far by striking down legal barriers against abortion. Brockmeier's pro-choice stand looks to remind everyone that Brockmeier is more in tune with the national party than either Driehaus or Terry Tranter on a key women's rights issue -- that his two opponents are far more conservative on matters involving abortion rights.
And Brockmeier, who works for Planned Parenthood as the public affairs coordinator in Southwest Ohio, already has a website, Facebook page and a YouTube channel -- he is using social media to a degree far beyond his rivals. He's likely to be able to raise money using the Planned Parent connection. Brockmeier's website also points out that he was active in the effort to pass the Affordable Health Care Act, which is President Obama's signature healthcare reform law. Brockmeier isn't running away from the president and calls himself a "community organizer" just like you know who. Brockmeier says: "We don't need a politicians to tell us who we are and what we want. We need a community organizer to make sure Columbus is working for us."
The 31st District is solidly Democratic, and the test is going to be if it is open to a really, really progressive campaign in a county that has traditionally been less like Chicago and more like Louisville. The 31st District used to cover the West Side, but was moved to the East Side by redistricting. Driehaus switched her residence from Price Hill to Clifton Heights to campaign for the seat. Tranter -- a former state rep who has been a longtime resident of Amberley Village -- tried to knock Driehaus off the ballot by challenging both her residency and nominating petitions. The board of elections rejected the challenge last week. (Just so everyone know: the district touches Amberley, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Madisonville, Evanston, Hyde Park, Silverson, Northside, Norwood, St. Bernard and Walnut Hills). Brockmeier say he lives in Madisonville and has had a home in the 31st for years -- another suggestion that Driehaus's West Side values are not in sync with East Side Democrats.
[UPDATE 4:26 p.m. -- Denise Driehaus also voted for HB 79, 1 of 6 Democrats to do so. All state Senate Dems voted against HB 79. Here's what pro-choice NARAL had to say about it:
H.B. 79 will outlaw non-therapeutic abortion coverage in the to-be-created health insurance exchanges as laid out in the Affordable Care Act. This will even apply to Ohioans who are paying for their health insurance with their own private dollars. By banning coverage for abortion, H.B. 79 is in direct conflict with the Ohio Constitution under the recently passed Issue 3, which states that the Ohio cannot prohibit the sale of health care or health insurance. The ACLU has announced that they will challenge H.B. 79 in court.Anastasia Pantsios at Ohio Daily Blog says the Ohio Legislature is at war with women, which makes Driehaus an ally of the GOP. Anastasia says the time and tax dollars could be better spent on "some useful purpose like feeding BORN children or providing maternity care to women who WANT children."]
[UPDATE 9:10 p.m. -- From Cincinnati Blog, which notes that Tranter and Driehaus are now being required to run in a progressive district and that Tranter tilted at windmills trying to kick her off the ballot:
He should not focus on being bitter that he has to face off against two other candidates. He should face the fact that along with Denise Driehaus, he's not living in a conservative Democratic district. He's living in a really progressive House district. He might want to ponder how to climb that Mt. Everest before playing political games. ][UPDATE 8:44 a.m. -- A reader passed along this info about a third abortion restriction measure that Kasich signed into law with a vote from Denise Driehaus:
"Very interesting indeed! Thanks for the write-up (and research). You missed HB 63, though, which makes it harder for abused minors to access abortion without parental consent: http://ppao.org/Legislation/129th/HB63.html And she voted for that one after she knew she'd be moving to this district.
It's been a busy session for stripping women's rights."]