January 25, 2010

The Impending Yost Announcement

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:43 pm

Originally posted at about 1:20 p.m., and carried to the top.


Let’s assume for the moment that this DDN report is true; there’s no reason to believe it isn’t:

Delaware County Auditor Dave Yost will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for state auditor on Monday, Jan. 25, setting up a possible primary with state Rep. Seth Morgan, R-Huber Heights.

Matt Borges, Yost’s spokesman, confirmed the announcement plans on Sunday.

The announcement will come at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Republican Party headquarters in Columbus, a sign of the support Yost has from state Republican Chairman Kevin DeWine, who asked Yost to consider getting in the auditor’s race.

My take:

  • I currently lean towards Seth Morgan in the auditor’s race. It turns out that Yost has some audit experience. But Morgan is a CPA. Yost would have to prove to me that he’d somehow be a better auditor, and that establishing a precedent that the office should be occupied by a CPA regardless of party affiliation isn’t that important. I don’t see how he can.
  • If the filing deadline isn’t already making the idea impractical, I’d love to see someone seize the moment and challenge Mike DeWine in the GOP primary. Seriously, if DeWine is the nominee and there are only two choices, I’m either sitting it out or voting for Rich Cordray, who at least knows how to read the Second Amendment — but it’s probably a sit-out. I would vote for a person with genuine Tea Party values (Democrat, Republican, Independent, or legitimate third party) who has even a little legal background and a beating heart over either of them.
  • Speaking of Tea Party candidates, I believe that if Sandy O’Brien can’t beat Jon Husted (and though she could pull off a shocker, she doesn’t seem to be trying hard enough), a Tea Party values candidate can beat both Husted and whoever his Democratic opponent might be. Jon Husted will not get my vote. Period.
  • Sad to say, Josh Mandel is the only down-ticket guy favored by ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) who comes out of all of this with his integrity fully intact.
  • I have lost at least half of my enthusiasm for Kasich-Taylor because, as far as anyone can visibly tell, they sat on the sidelines and watched the ill-advised ORPINO orchestration unfold without objection. This is not “new way, new day” politics, guys. Related: “Somebody” warned you about this kind of thing, John.

Yeah, this is just what one guy thinks, and in that sense I’m sure Kevin DeWine and the ORPINO marionettes will decide that what the guy who runs one “little” blog in Southwestern Ohio thinks doesn’t really matter.

I agree, Kevin. What really does matter is that I could not be more confident that I am far from alone (see Update 2), and that many who feel the same way are the people you presumptively expect to work at the phone banks, in the mail rooms, and at the computers this fall. Some of them will still do so out of concern over the effects of a second Strickland term.

But a lot of others need to be motivated by something positive, a feeling based on evidence that after all these years things will be genuinely different in this state if “our side” wins, that we won’t be governed like a blue state as we have been for over 15 years.

There were signs during the past years that this time things would be different. But we’re not feelin’ it now, Kevin. Why the heck should we?


UPDATE: I’m hearing a rumor that there may be a third Auditor candidate, and that this third person would be considered the ORPINO’s anointed one.

UPDATE 2: Hell is indeed freezing over, in triplicate. You go girl.



  1. I sure am not going to volunteer for anybody but Josh Mandel if this slimy back room deal-making continues.

    Duck FeWine.

    Comment by Alo Konsen — January 25, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  2. Gee, now I have a tough decision for the AG race. In the ORP primary, do I write in “Cordray” or “Yost”?

    Maybe the only way for the ORP to learn is if Cordray wins both the Dem and the Republican primaries, the latter with write-in votes.

    Comment by Cornfed — January 25, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  3. TB,

    I agree with you completely. However, ThirdBasePolitics has a reasonable analysis of why Yost’s switch is a good idea ( http://thirdbasepolitics.blogspot.com/2010/01/dave-yost-timeline.html ). The rationale may be solid IF the concern is only a registered Republican winning all of the statewide races. That thinking is so 2000′s, and characteristic of the ORPINO that has orchestrated the Ohio debacle since Taft’s first term campaign in ’98. It appears Doh!-bama isn’t the only one who’s politically tone deaf.

    Comment by Joe C. — January 25, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  4. They can all go to Hades.

    If running for Auditor was the right thing for Yost to do, then why didn’t the ORP approach him first? Why did he continue to run for AG while Morgan made it clear he was going to announce?

    Clear gerrymandering…again…all for a retread…again.

    Unfortunate this is…

    Comment by Rose — January 25, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  5. All Obama has to do is shut up for the next few months and [thanks to this bonehead move], Ohio is in play.

    The agenda behind this is clear. We’ll be lucky to win treasurer.

    Comment by Rose — January 25, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

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  7. This confirms the maxim “All those who seek power are unfit to wield it.” Kevin DeWine is unfit for his position, but many insiders already knew this.

    The real loser in this is David Yost. How do you look any potential voter in the eyes and tell them that you’re running for office “to serve”? It is far easier to recover your political legs losing to a popular, well-financed democrat in your first state-wide race if the electorate believes you to be a man of integrity. Now? He has shown himself to be interested in party politics over doing the people’s business, and that won’t be as easy to recover from in a Tea-Party era, or any era for that matter.

    Yost screwed up big time, and is unfit to run for an unpaid neighborhood dog catcher, let alone Auditor, Attorney General, or any other office where integrity and character matter.


    Comment by Harry — January 26, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

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