Ken Blackwell Is an Aggressive Upholder of Heterosexuality and His Opponent May Not Be

|

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell, currently secretary of state of Ohio and once a leading contender for all sorts of future prizes in the GOP, is hopelessly behind in his race against Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland–polls show Strickland with a 14 percent lead.

Blackwell is a religious man, who wears his Christian virtue on his sleeve. So he gets the head of the Ohio Republican Party to demand answers to the "tough questions." You know, the ones about whether Strickland is, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan discussing his own son's sexuality, "all man."

"Ted Strickland has not answered the tough questions," [Ohio GOP spokesman John] McClelland said.

Included, McClelland said, is why Strickland went on a post-1998 campaign vacation with the once-convicted [male] aide to Italy.

"Where was Frances?" McClelland said of the candidate's wife. "Voters should be able to look at it and make their own decision. We're not going to sit here and say whether or not we think Ted Strickland has a certain preference. It's just not our business. Our job is to try to win elections."

Or maybe just lose them.

The fooferaw referenced above deals with a former aide who worked for Strickland from 1997 to 1999. In 1994, in a sealed court decision, the aide had plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of exposing himself to children. After receiving an anonymous tip in 1998, Strickland apparently confronted the aide, who, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer, "denied the charge but left Strickland's staff the following year."

There's more here.

Blackwell is an interesting case for all sorts of reasons. As a conservative African American Republican, he has long been touted at "Jesse Jackson's Worst Nightmare" and the GOP's last, best hope both to reach out to blacks and maintain a hold on the bellwether state of Ohio. Yet he has been mired in scandals related to just about everything from state finances to voter registration, and he's been a lackluster campaigner. Depending on whether the GOP really tanks nationally this November, his political autopsy may be among the most revealing in how Republicans lost their attraction to the American voter.

NEXT: Rove Speaketh...

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Off topic, the Defense of Marriage Act has claimed its first victim: Gerry Studd’s husband/wife/spouse

    http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7005217160

  2. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell, currently secretary of state of Ohio and once a leading contender for all sorts of future prizes in the GOP, is hopelessly behind in his race against Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland–polls show Strickland with a 14 percent lead.

    I HATE Ken Blackwell. I’ve seen him interviews a couple times on TV and think he might as well put a big sign on his forehead that says “Don’t hate me because I’m black for I love Jesus and hate homos blacks don’t respect me cause I’m my own man”

  3. A Republican candidate wants to talk about ethics and sexual improprieties we head into the November elections?

    Oh, no! Please don’t throw me in the briar patch!

  4. As an Ohioan, I am extremely unhappy wiht this race. I LIKE some of Blackwell’s ideas, and think that in SOME ways (economically) he wouldn’t be all that horrid as a governer… but…

    both candidates are bloomin’ idiots. On one side, you have a candidate who would be disastrous economically for our state (Strickland) and on the other side you have a guy who, well, is a homophobic caveman when it comes to personal rights and liberties (Blackwell).

    You know, sometimes it’s just painful how these elections go… this is a complete no-win situation – both candidates suck.

  5. Well if that line of attack doesn’t work…
    Mr. Blackwell has another ace up his sleeve…

    He might just try and get his opponent thrown off the ballot

    Highlights from the editorial:
    The latest news from the state’s governor’s race is that the Republican nominee, Kenneth Blackwell, who is also the Ohio secretary of state, could rule that his opponent is ineligible to run because of a technicality.

    No one disputes that Mr. Strickland lives in Ohio, or that he is registered. The only issue is which of his two homes he chose to register from, and the law gives voters with multiple homes broad discretion in choosing among them

    What is more interesting, and troubling, is the way the complaint is proceeding. The county board that heard it broke down 2 to 2, on party lines, about whether to hold a hearing. In the case of a tie vote at the county level, complaints like these get forwarded to the secretary of state?s office to be resolved. Mr. Blackwell says he has designated his assistant secretary to handle duties that could conflict with his candidacy. But passing these matters on to a subordinate who is a political ally and owes his job to the candidate hardly removes the conflict.

    Classy move…really classy

  6. ChicagoTom,

    He does classy stuff like that all the time…a few months ago, someone here linked to a report that described how he disqualified by questionable technicality thousands of legitimate signatures attempting to get a Libertarian on the ballots.

  7. Smacky, I believe that Libertarian candidate was economist Bill Peirce. He is still running as a Libertarian, although the party affiliation will not appear next to his name on the ballot.

  8. Here’s an interesting bit from the linked story:

    “The item from the Web site World Net Daily was written by Jerome R. Corsi, co-author of Blackwell’s book, “Rebuilding America.” Corsi also co-authored “Unfit for Command,” the best-selling attack on former presidential candidate John Kerry’s record as swift boat commander in Vietnam.”

    Which is perfectly ok. Corsi’s just raising questions, you know. Ted Strickland deserves to be called an accessory to child molestation – after all, he’s been heavy-handed in his portrayal of himself as a heterosexual family man.

    That’s how it works, right?

  9. smacky,
    Let me tell you something, dear. I know Ken Blackwell, and you, smacky, are no Ken Blackwell.

    (I miss you–way down here in Sinincincinnati.)

  10. Ho hum.

    Smear campaigns and ‘guilt by association’.

    Politics hasn’t changed since Roman times. Why is anyone surprised or shocked?

  11. On one side, you have a candidate who would be disastrous economically for our state (Strickland) and on the other side you have a guy who, well, is a homophobic caveman when it comes to personal rights and liberties (Blackwell).

    In other words, one is a Democrat and one is a Republican.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.