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Franklin County, Ohio, GOP E-Mail Encourages Volunteers for Romney

Posted on | February 21, 2012 | 18 Comments

When I was first told about this, I could scarcely believe it, but the e-mail was forwarded to me by an Ohio Republican:

From: Doug Preisse and Brad Sinnott
Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2012
Subject: Volunteer Opportunities for Mitt Romney
To: [Redacted]

Dear Fellow Republican,
We here at the Franklin County Republican Party are committed to informing you about opportunities to learn more about or get involved with the various presidential campaigns. As we receive information from the campaigns and requests to pass information along, we will do so.
The Romney campaign has recently asked us to inform supporters about volunteer opportunities with their efforts for Ohio’s March 6 Primary:

Get Involved With The Mitt Romney Campaign!
The Ohio primary is only a few weeks away and Mitt Romney needs your help.
If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information about the campaign in your neighborhood, please call or email, Andrew Vila at
(904) 210-7048 [email protected]
Want to learn more about Governor Mitt Romney, his family, and his plan to put this Country back to work? Click here to see his website.

Doug Preisse
Chairman, Executive Committee

Brad Sinnott
Chairman, Central Committee

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The person who sent this to me said it is “the only candidate-based email I have seen from the FCRP.” So it would appear that these officers of the Franklin County GOP are using their official e-mail list to solicit volunteers for exactly one candidate, and expecting recipients to believe that none of the other campaigns have bothered to ask Priesse and Sinnott for similar aid.

And we all believe that, don’t we?


18 Responses to “Franklin County, Ohio, GOP E-Mail Encourages Volunteers for Romney”

  1. daialanye
    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    So it’s not only elections and endorsements that Rommney is able to buy. Party officials, too.

    If this jerk wins it’s going to take all my willpower to vote for him.

  2. daialanye
    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    In fact, this is how I feel about it.

  3. Adjoran
    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    Well, do you know if anyone else asked?  I agree it seems odd that party officials would pass these things on, but it isn’t like they don’t rent out their email lists, and there should be no cost involved. 

    The other candidates’ campaigns should check and see if they get the same treatment.   If not, they have every right to raise Cain over it.

    Get the facts before going off on a paranoid fantasy and making accusations that may amount to nothing.  Remember all the silly charges in Florida?  “Romney moved up the primary, Romney cut West out of a district” – what use is “shoe leather” if you just repeat every stupid and baseless accusation made?

  4. Tate
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    I received a similar forwarded message from my county party here in northeast Ohio. Since I’m volunteering for the Santorum campaign I emailed my county chairman my contact info as well as the contact info for Santorum’s Ohio team asking him to kindly forward this info to our party members which he did.

    Now do I think there is a Romney bias in the ORP? No doubt! However I will say that at least my local party officials have been good about passing on info when it is sent to them.

  5. Rose
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 2:42 am

    Listen – the GOP Party Central Committees are THERE to support Republican candidates. And THEY SHOULD be putting out emails like that – and notices on Facebook and Twitter, if they use those. Getting the word out, providing support for ANY Republican candidate. We got an email like that for Santorum, btw, asking Central Committee to spread the word that they were looking to set up a committee and looking for someone to head it up, and we will forward that to anyone who might be interested.

    That’s what’s supposed to happen. And we would use exactly those words, “Get Involved With The Other McCain Campaign!
    The Ohio primary is only a few weeks away and Other MCain needs your help. If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information about the campaign in your neighborhood, please call or email…”
    The Dems here use their Central Committee as a special interest PAC, even against other Dems, who aren’t in the fold. That is not what is supposed to happen at all. And that is NOT what that letter reads like, to me.

    BTW – we also got Ron Paul ‘sign bomb’ notices, and promote those. Totally normal and totally the way it should be. IMO.

    Central Committees and Republican Women Clubs ARE the boots on the ground in each area – without them, candidates would never know the lay of the land or be able to get in touch with people. Committees don’t endorse until AFTER the primary has chosen a contender.

  6. AngelaTC
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    Welcome to my world….

  7. Quartermaster
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    Ohio is an establishment state. That is the bunch that gave us Bob Taft because it was his turn. The GOP establishment in Ohio also hated Blackwell, so we got Taft who seriously damaged the GOP brand in Ohio so that Strickland could walk into the Governor’s office with little effort. Blackwell became a sacrificial lamb.

    Blackwell now has no political future because he lost when it was “his turn.” Blackwell would have been 10 times the Governor Taft was., and a conservative to boot. Taft was your typical squish.

  8. ThePaganTemple
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:18 am

     Blackwell could have been the black conservative Republican candidate a lot of people thought Herman Cain would have been, only Blackwell could have actually succeeded with the right backing from party officials. I wouldn’t totally count him out yet, but I’m afraid his time has indeed almost slipped by, which is a shame.

  9. ThePaganTemple
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    The Republican Party should win Ohio in a walk this year, but the state party officials will more than likely find a way to screw things up. Santorum is probably the best hope of winning Ohio, regardless of the quality of the “help” of the state GOP.

  10. Shawn Gillogly
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:33 am

     Why convince yourself to do what you know is wrong. If Romney wins, it’s 3rd Party for me. A Statist is a Statist, regardless of party.

  11. Shawn Gillogly
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Romney’s hacks DID move up the Florida primary. That wasn’t a “silly charage.” Or is it merely presumption that members of the GOP elite hope they can short-circuit the election process and draft someone else should Romney do what he does best in the primary (that being lose).

  12. Quartermaster
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    The Ohio GOP establishment hated the guy. They don’t like conservatives at all up there.

  13. Quartermaster
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    Santorum is actually a part of the GOP establishment. I will guarantee they prefer Mittens by a lot, however. Mittens is their type of guy.

  14. daialanye
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    That’s mere self-indulgence. It’s like saying, “If I can’t afford a Cadillac I’ll buy a Yugo.” It’s saying that half a loaf ISN’T better than none.

    I was a bit unhappy with Dubya, but what if Al Gore had been Pres when 9/11 hit? Catastrophe!


  15. daialanye
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    If Adjoran knows these accusations are baseless let him present some facts rather than playing dog in the manger. Give us that inside-Ohio scoop, old buddy.

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  17. ThePaganTemple
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 10:17 am

     Remember, at one point many of us thought it was Perry’s hacks who moved the Florida calendar up.

  18. Health Insurance Ohio
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Should be an interesting debate tonight. I’m sure all of us in Ohio will be watching.