There’s a lot being made of the chaos which recently enveloped within North Carolina’s Democratic Party.
Psst — Don’t tell anyone that the Ohio Republican Party, aka the Ohio Stupid Party, makes North Carolina’s Dems look like angels.
A post by Captain Ed at Hot Air (original Daily Caller item) tells us that Governor Bev Perdue first wanted the party’s state chair to resign immediately in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal involving Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley and a male co-worker.
Then she changed her mind when seeing what would happen (original Politico link):
So the Tar Heel State’s Dems, while not in an ideal situation, seem at least to have things under a semblance of control, purging their ranks of a sex harasser while keeping someone with a history of writing checks not supported by funds in their bank account out of power.
In Ohio’s Republican/Stupid Party, the best you can say is that no sex harassment allegations have surfaced. But instead of keeping a writer of checks not supported by funds in their bank account away from power, the ORP/OSP has promoted him.
As noted last Saturday, unlike in North Carolina, which kept their check-kiter away from a responsible position, former Congressman Bob McEwen has been elevated to a prominent position in the ORP/OSP:
During his remarks, (new ORP/OSP Chairman Bob) Bennett described a special role for former Congressman Bob McEwen, one of our SCC candidates who won in 2010. He envisioned McEwen, whose speaking skills are considered to be on the Reagan/Palin/Rubio level, fulfilling a new function as spokesman. The role will not be directed so much to “preaching to the choir”, except as necessary for motivational purposes, as to educating and persuading the pubic about our conservative beliefs, especially on college campuses and in “swing” communities. If your organization is in such an area or can stage an event in such an area, Bob McEwen is your guy.
This is the same Bob McEwen who was found to have written over 160 checks not supported by funds in his bank account during the House Bank Scandal in the early 1990s.
McEwen initially denied bouncing any checks. Later, he admitted he had bounced a few. Then when the full totals were released by Ethics Committee investigators, the number was revealed to have been 166 over thirty-nine months.
McEwen’s subsequent loss to Ted Strickland in the Sixth District congressional race in 1992 gave Strickland a political career he never, ever would otherwise have had, up to and including standing by while Ohio lost 400,000 jobs, its good credit standing and much of its former industrial eminence under his watch as Governor from 2007-2011.
Oh, but there’s more.
You see, Bob McEwen is also a proven voting scofflaw, who voted illegally from at least 1999 through 2002 as an Ohio resident while actually living in Virginia. This is a matter of historical fact as found the by the Highland County (Ohio) Board of Elections.
If the North Carolina situation is an embarrassment to Democrats, what does that make Bob McEwen’s role in the ORP/OSP as (I can’t believe I’m typing this) an outreach representative to voters in “swing” communities?
I call it a scandal, a disgrace, and a handy weapon for Dems to employ at will as they try to win the single most important swing state in the union in November.