|A Schlumberger Truck On The Move Recently In The Shale Fields|
The 31st comprises a large chunk of Cincinnati's East Side, including Clifton and Hyde Park, and several suburbs like Deer Park and Amberley Village. Whoever gets the Democratic nomination March 6 is almost certain to win the seat in the November General Election. Driehaus had to move into the new district from her West Side neighborhood in order to run. In contrast, Brockmeier is a longtime resident who lives in Madisonville, a fact he's been pointing out to voters. He's also been aggressive in portraying Driehaus as a pro-life candidate -- she supported three bills to limit abortion rights in the current legislative session. Now, he seems to be under pressure about the campaign donations linked to an oilfield drilling operation that's setting up operations in Ohio.
Brockmeier, in a statement e-mailed to The Daily Bellwether, says the Texas donor is his mother-in-law. He said he is opposed to fracking "because I'm an environmentalist." But some Democrats -- none who want to go on the record -- say the campaign donations grabbed their attention because Schlumberger announced last month it bought a 140-acre site in Tuscarawas County. The company plans to build an operation to put up and tear down drilling rigs in the Marcellus Shale gas fields -- the fields tapped by fracking. In all, it plans to hire 250 workers and build a $2.89 million operation in the Strasburg Industrial Park. You can read a news report about Schlumberger's expansion into Ohio by clicking here.
This is the complete text of the statement Brockmeier e-mailed to The Daily Bellwether about the campaign donations (two that totaled $7,500) from Texas:
"I've always been anti-fracking because I'm an environmentalist. Denise (who took corporate money from Duke) has had 3 years to act, but is suddenly anti-fracking now that it's in the news.
I'm also anti-oil and anti-coal in Ohio, because they're not sustainable industries. But I've taken money from Texas! From somebody with the same name as my treasurer, who is my wife!
Yes, I've taken money from Big In-Law.
My mother-in-law is a longtime progressive donor because she's a pro-choice, pro-LGBT equality activist. She's also a part-time receptionist at an oil company.
She has donated to me some of the money she inherited after the recent deaths of her own parents, who were both government employees, because she believes in my cause. She loves me like a son, since both of my parents died when I was in my early 20s.
I'd appreciate it if we could skip the character assassinations and the attacks on my family and stick to which candidate will best represent the progressive voters of this district."