|Columbus Democrats Favor Driehaus|
Driehaus, a longtime West Sider from Price Hill, hopes to hang onto the Oh-31 seat in the Ohio House, which was moved to the East Side by redistricting. Her brother, Steve, a former Congressman, had held the seat for four terms until was term-limited out. Denise Driehaus kept the seat in the family by becoming his successor in the Ohio House.
Luke Brockmeier, a Planned Parenthood official, and Terry Tranter, a lawyer and former local office representative of ex-Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray, are also in the contest this year. Brockmeier has criticized Driehaus for supporting GOP-sponsored bills that limit abortion rights in Ohio. Brockmeier contends he is the "true" Democrat in the race, and has portrayed Driehaus as actively joining the Kasich Administration's campaign to curtail women's rights. Some Democrats say Kasich is running a war on women. Tranter is endorsed by Ohio Right to Life. He is a former state representative seeking a comeback.
Local Democratic officials say there could be a move to endorse Driehaus at the Hamilton County Democratic Party's executive committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. Up to now, there has been a consensus among the leadership the local Dem organization should stay neutral.
The state party mailer lists 26 Driehaus supporters, including former Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. It says Driehaus in 2010 -- when she first ran for the seat -- was backed by the AFL-CIO, Equality Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers. It says she is active in supporting women's and gay rights:
"Denise Driehaus is a vocal proponent of gay rights. She has twice sponsored the Fair Housing and Employment Act which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation."
The new district is far more progressive and Democratic than her old district on the West Side. It includes Amberley Village, Silverton, Hyde Park, Clifton, Columbia Township, Oakley, Evanston, St. Bernard and Walnut Hills. You can read more about Driehaus's support of pro-life bills by clicking here. Last week, the state Democratic Party issued the attached press release saying in was it was endorsing all its incumbents in the state legislature
Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee Endorses Candidates for 2012 Election
COLUMBUS – At a meeting last evening, the Ohio Democratic Party’s Executive Committee endorsed the following candidates:Driehaus has been active on environmental issues. She is sponsoring a measure to place a moratorium on fracking. She also is getting a boost from former Amberley Village Mayor Chuch Kamine, who is hosting a reception at his home on Feb. 9 to introduce Driehaus to East Side Democrats. Kamine says it's not a fundraiser but an effort to drum up votes:
Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senate
Yvette McGee Brown, Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme CourtFanon Rucker, Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Robert Price, Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
All Democratic incumbent members of the State House and Senate seeking re-election.
"This is a new district and the first Democratic primary race for this seat . . . Denise has been a tremendously effective, devoted and energetric representative . . . We need to keep Denie in the Ohio State House working on behalf of all of us."
[UPDATE -- 8:44 p.m. -- Driehaus did not vote to pass the Heartbeat bill. I checked the House Journal and she was not in the group that adopted the measure in that chamber. She did vote against some amendments to the bill. I have changed the post above to eliminate any suggestion she voted for the Heartbeat bill.]