October 18, 2006

Sherrod Brown: Two Dealbreakers in One Day (UPDATE — Back to Just One)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:32 pm

A BizzyBlog Dealbreaker is defined as “something that completely justifies a person not voting for you, regardless of your party or your stands on the issues.”

I’m starting to understand why Sherrod Brown hesitated to get into the US Senate race:

  • This smackdown by Colin Powell after Brown acted like an insolent jerk in front of the then-Secretary of State (to be clear, this is NOT a Dealbreaker, just horribly bad manners that should turn off some people; others in the “get out now” crowd may actually applaud it).
  • Now this, from DeWine’s latest TV ad (as before, I don’t care what the source is, someone’s gotta tell me why this is a false claim (UPDATE: They probably have, see below); telling me it was only a few thousands bucks doesn’t get you there):

The fine print says “Notice of Lien by Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, Section 4141.23 Ohio Revised Code.”

That would be Dealbreaker #2 (UPDATE — See below). I get the sense that there are even more dealbreakers to come.

DEALBREAKER UPDATE: Thanks to Large Bill for noting in the comments below that the Plain Dealer blog is claiming that the ad is incorrect, in this sense

The state confirms that Brown’s campaign paid the debt long ago, but says it is up to the taxpayer to file the lien release.

The top line of the screen capture above is wrong; the fine print is right. But because the state got its money, I’m withdrawing the Dealbreaker designation from this item unless and until someone shows me that the taxes, though paid, were (though paid “long ago”) still paid very late. That has not been shown; the burden is on the DeWine camp or someone else to prove otherwise.

Brown is back to one Dealbreaker, but remember, one is enough.

UPDATE: This isn’t directly related to the for-now-debunked Dealbreaker #2, because even if he or she votes against every tax increase or new tax, a candidate’s dilly-dallying on paying his or her own breaks the deal. That said, if Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland voted for tax increases more than 80 times during his 12 years in Congress, how many did Sherrod Brown vote for? Brown, along with Strickland, is near the very bottom of the grading lists of both the National Taxpayers Union (Strickland 13% – F; Brown 12% – F) and the Club for Growth (Strickland – 0%; Brown – 1%; yes that’s out of a possible 100%).



  1. Tom,

    I won’t vouch for their record of accuracy, but the Plain Dealer is saying the tax bill was paid years ago and it was an administrative oversight on the part of the state.

    Comment by LargeBill — October 18, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  2. #1 Bill,

    Thanks for the heads-up. The PD blog update might have come after you saw it. The lien was still hanging but the state had their money. As noted above, it’s no longer a Dealbreaker unless someone can show that the taxes that were indeed paid were still paid very late.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 19, 2006 @ 2:25 am

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