On June 27th Boccieri 16th Congressional District challenger Jim Renacci was in Navarre looking for votes.
So, isn't that is what he was supposed to be doing?
Yes and no.
Yes, he should be looking for votes. But not at a Tea Party rally.
How many Tea Partiers are going to vote for Democrat Congressman John Boccieri.
Tea Partiers can say until they are "blue in the face" (God forbid, blue? aren't those Democratic Party colors?) that they are not, but many, if not most, political observers see the Tea Party movement as a being a extreme wing of the Republican Party.
It is obvious to The Report that if Renacci is to win in November, it will be because there is a rebirth of the 1994 Republican Revolution when they picked up 54 seats during the Clinton administration mid-term elections.
For there is nothing special about Jim Renacci as far as the SCPR can see. At the Navarre event, he was the epitome of Republican Party talking points. And what you hear of Renacci since Navarre is more of the same.
He complains that Congressman Boccieri votes about 94% of the time with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama. And The Report believes those numbers are right on the mark.
But did Renacci make a statement at Navarre that he would be independent of the Republican caucus in the U.S. House? Of course, not. The Report expects that he will, if elected, be every bit the equal of Boccieri's 94%. Maybe even higher.
Because of the disfavor that President Obama is experiencing with the American electorate, John Boccieri will have a very difficult time being re-elected.
Boccieri's main problem (over matters he can control) is how utterly "immature" his $1-million-a-year staff is. They cannot seem to do effective constituent service, and they want to punish media types who will not drink their Kool-Aid.
This Boccieri/Renacci race is an example of the worst of politics.
Boccieri appears to be working hand-in-glove with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unfairly (in the opinion of a number of political observers) tab Renacci as favoring a 23% tax increase with his support of The Fair Tax (a National sales tax).
Also, Renacci claims Boccieri is distorting Renacci's past Ohio income tax dispute with the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT).
All you have to do is watch the Renacci tape taken of his Navarre Tea Party speech to get a good picture of Renacci's distortions of the Boccieri record.
So whichever one is elected will only serve to give the 16th District voters another reason to be disenchanted with the quality of the guys and gals who run for the United States Congress.
Several national polling organization polls as of mid-August have Renacci with a slight lead. However, the polling is within the margin of error and either candidate could win. There is a long, long way to go in this race.
Look for the race to degrade further. There will likely be multiple Federal Election Commission complaints filed between the two sides. A little over a week ago Boccieri filed a complaint alleging violations by the Renacci camp on corporate sponsorship (in-kind contributions) of what the Boccieri folks allege started out as a fundraising event.
On Thursday, Renacci filed a defamation suit against Boccieri ally, the SEIU over the union's characterization of Renacci's national sales tax position and his income tax dealings with ODT.
And there is still over two months until the election. Hmm.
Here is the Renacci video from Navarre.