Betty endures stale coffee & bad jokes to buy support

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that State Auditor Betty D. Montgomery, who has voiced her personal opposition to an Ohio which allows law-abiding citizens to bear arms for self-defense, says she has the backing of 38 Republican county sheriffs in the race for GOP gubernatorial primary in 2006.

From the story:

    Standing in front of 23 sheriffs in uniform at the Statehouse, Montgomery, a former two-term attorney general, said the support from law enforcement helps make her the best-positioned candidate to win the governor’s race next year.

    In recent weeks, Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has been claiming front-runner status in the GOP primary, while Attorney General Jim Petro has been touting his support among elected GOP officials in Franklin and other counties.

    The sheriffs backing Montgomery account for 70 percent of the GOP sheriffs statewide, including those in Delaware, Licking, Madison and Union counties, Montgomery’s campaign said.

    "I’ve drank a lot of their stale coffee and listened to some pretty bad jokes," Montgomery quipped.

Ouch. Does it sound to anyone else like she put up with a bunch of people she doesn’t like to be around just to buy their support?

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