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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FIRST DEBATE OF 2010 POLITICAL SEASON: BOSLEY V. SNITCHLER - 10:00 AM TODAY - WHBC1480 AM "POINTS TO PONDER"


UPDATE:  07/28/2010 AT 8:47 AM

COMMENT FROM SCPR READER

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Martin I believe your analysis of this situation is rather elementary. I find the polling information referenced laughable as I am sure you and your readers are quite familiar with how "independent" polls are administered. If it was anything like the phone call I received from the Bosley campaign a month or so ago where several leading and quite frankly underhanded questions were asked, such as "If you knew Todd Snitchler was still stealing from a charity would you vote for him?" Not an exact question but I think you get the picture.

As for Snitchler only agreeing to debate Bosley because he's running from behind; I find that line of reasoning highly suspect at best! For anyone who has ever listened to the two candidates speak it is very evident who the more intelligent, engaged, informed, and interested person is. I believe that Snitchler has the chance to deal Bosley the death blow before we even get to August with a strong performance in today's debate!

Also, breifly (sic) looking at the respective records of the two candidates; Bosley has done nothing besides raise taxes, play the blame game, and be largely inactive and ineffective even though he controls an all Democrat board of commissioners! Snitchler, on the other hand, has been hampered by the hyperpartisan, and apparently misguided Democrat leadership of the Ohio House. Snitchler has, however, managed to introduce some worthwhile, much needed legislation, despite the cahrged (sic) political atmosphere in Columbus.

I urge all of your readers to tune into the debate today as I believe one candidate will clearly distance themself (sic) from the other and show who is the only logical, deserving, worthwhile candidate for Stark County's 50th House District.

ORIGINAL POST

The first debate between Republican incumbent Todd Snitchler and Democrat challenger Todd Bosley (currently Stark County commissioner) was to take place last month at a Stark County Townships Association meeting in Nimishillen Township (where Bosley served four years as a trustee).  However, the Nimishillen Township trustee proposed hosting was squelched at the Association's May meeting when outside-the-50th members objected on the basis that the 50th includes only part of Stark County's townships.  Also, some members did not want the Association to fray off into political presentations.


Bosley and Snitchler have done a mini-blog-debate on the Stark County Political Report.

Today on "Points to Ponder," WHBC's Ron Ponder will guide the two through a "discussion" of the difference between the two on the important issues facing Ohio over the next two years (Ohio representative are elected for two year terms).

Bosley, being the challenger, has been particularly excited about a one-on-one with Snitchler.

In SCPR contacts with Bosley, he seems to see confrontations everywhere with Snitchler.

The Report was somewhat surprised to learn that Bosley is drawing lines over whom supports which application to the Ohio Department of Development Job Ready Sites (ODOD-JRS) statewide competition.


Bosley says he is pre-eminently supporting the Beck Industrial Park project centered in Louisville.  He claims that perforce of the support that members of Louisville City Council (as individuals; not as a formal body) are supporting his candidacy. 

A Louisville city councilman denies to The Report that Louisville Council as a formal body is supporting Bosley while expressing Council's appreciation for any support that it gets from anybody.

While Bosley (as commissioner) supports all the applications for ODOD-JRSs, in conversation it is apparent he is squaring off against Snitchler on whom support what project as some sort of competition.  Bosley tells The Report Snitchler is primarily supporting the Prospect Industrial Park project on the former Stark County Farm site headed up by local McDonalds franchise magnate Guy Cuchini.  The Report is skeptical of the Bosley take on this matter.

Perhaps the matter will come up for discussion today.

Snitchler does show signs (e.g. the exchanges on the SCPR,  a letter to the editor yesterday in The Rep and today's WHBC appearance) that he thinks he is running behind Bosley in the polls.  The SCPR has learned that a poll taken by a Columbus-based polling firm shows Bosley up by about 10 points with only 10% undecided.

If the poll accurately gauges 50th District voter sentiment, it is truly amazing.

Why amazing?

The Report thinks that the numbers ought to be reflecting tinges of the overwhelming Stark County voter reaction to the Stark County commissioners (Bosley, Harmon and Vignos in December, 2008) having imposed a 0.50 of one percent sales tax.  In November, 2009, Stark Countians rejected the retention of the tax by a two to one margin.

Moreover, the 50th is a gerrymandered Republican district designed to keep a Republican representing the district to say nothing of an "incumbent" Republican.

The SCPR sees little reason why Snitchler would want to engage Bosley other than on the basis of his and his Columbus handlers having assessed that he is in trouble in terms of holding the 50th for the GOP.

1 comment:

Truth said...

Martin I believe your analysis of this situation is rather elementary. I find the polling information referenced laughable as I am sure you and your readers are quite familiar with how "independent" polls are administered. If it was anything like the phone call I received from the Bosley campaign a month or so ago where several leading and quite frankly underhanded questions were asked, such as "If you knew Todd Snitchler was still stealing from a charity would you vote for him?" Not an exact question but I think you get the picture.

As for Snitchler only agreeing to debate Bosley because he's running from behind; I find that line of reasoning highly suspect at best! For anyone who has ever listened to the two candidates speak it is very evident who the more intelligent, engaged, informed, and interested person is. I believe that Snitchler has the chance to deal Bosley the death blow before we even get to August with a strong performance in today's debate!

Also, breifly looking at the respective records of the two candidates; Bosley has done nothing besides raise taxes, play the blame game, and be largely inactive and ineffective even though he controls an all Democrat board of commissioners! Snitchler, on the other hand, has been hampered by the hyperpartisan, and apparently misguided Democrat leadership of the Ohio House. Snitchler has, however, managed to introduce some worthwhile, much needed legislation, despite the cahrged political atmosphere in Columbus.

I urge all of your readers to tune into the debate today as I believe one candidate will clearly distance themself from the other and show who is the only logical, deserving, worthwhile candidate for Stark County's 50th House District.