Longtime readers here may recall a certain Rory Ryan, publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.
Mr. Ryan may be a generally fine gentleman, hard worker, and most of those other things you might expect from a heartland journalist who genuinely seems to lean conservative.
But in at least two instances one going back over a decade and the other very recent, Ryan has demonstrated that his nose for news and political acumen are, to say the least, awful.
Ryan’s carreer list of endorsed candidates includes the one and only, habitual House Bank NSF check-writing, false incumbent-posing, then-Viriginia residing, habitually illegally voting, election law-violating, Amway/Quixtar scam-selling former Congressman Bob McEwen.
Mr. Ryan had, and perhaps still has, a horrible blind spot with Mr. McEwen.
After McEwen’s decade of illegal voting as an absentee in Ohio while living in Virginia was exposed, I asked how “newspaperman” Ryan, who supposedly is close to the pulse of his area, could possibly not have not known:
- That McEwen and his wife Liz were using his father’s address as their voter-registration “residence” address during the mid-1990s?
- That Bob and Liz began using the addresses of others in Hillsboro, places in which they clearly were not living or “residing,” for that same purpose beginning sometime in the late 1990s?
- The story of the infamous 2003 “Mrs. Lyle’s house is not your home” letter addressed by the Highland County Board of Elections to Bob McEwen, Liz McEwen, and two of their children, in which the Board cancelled the voter registrations of all four of them? (I was told that this matter was brought to the attention of the county prosecutor at the time, yet Ryan still endorsed McEwen’s attempts to return to Congress.)
To be clear, these were matters that McEwen and his campaign completely failed to refute.
If Mr. Ryan indeed was aware of the items just noted, it seems that putting Bob McEwen back into Congress was of such overriding importance that he was willing to overlook, and to keep from the public he has pledged to serve in his profession, matters that made Mr. McEwen objectively unfit to serve in public office.
Based on this background, you’ll have to excuse me for having a hard time not rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably at the idea that Rory Ryan hearts Rob Portman so much that he thinks he ought to be our next president:
As recently as Feb. 6, his name was still “part of the discussion” for the 2016 campaign. And although he says he is focusing on his re-election to the U.S. Senate – to which he can add our endorsement, I can’t help but think the nation would be better served if the once Grand Old Party would endorse a Portman for President banner at the 2016 convention.
Like I said, one can hope.
Count me out, pal.
What has Rob Portman accomplished in the past four-plus years? … (stone silence) … (If anyone can cite anything meaningful and tangible, please let me know. I am completely unconcerned about getting flooded with substantive responses, because I don’t think anyone can point to anything.)
Would Rob Portman govern with the welfare of the nation at the forefront of his mind, or according to how his actions and decisions will help or hurt him politically?
Here’s the answer, originally delivered to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2005:
Back in his Washington office last month, Portman, who usually sits back calmly in his chair, suddenly leans forward when he’s told that one of his colleagues recently questioned how far he’ll go in politics because he seems “risk-averse.”
The description appears to rankle Portman, who has taken more than a few physical risks over the years – from ducking bullets whizzing over his head while kayaking on the Rio Grande, to defying Chinese officials who refused him permission to kayak on the Yangtze River. *
“I probably am a little risk-averse compared to some members [of Congress],” he concedes, “but I think a lot of that is a deliberate decision on my part that some things are worth it for my career and some things aren’t.”
* – I don’t hink I’m alone in sensing potential Brian Williams-like problems with these claims.
His career is clearly more important than taking risks for being right.
Rob Portman will never live that statement down — nor should he.
Rory Ryan has once again shown horrible political acumen. In light of his history with Bob McEwen, that is sadly not a surprise.