Flush with campaign cash, Gov. Taft supports KEY RACES
With his own campaign war chest overflowing, Gov. Bob Taft is sharing the largess with fellow Republicans in key races across the state.
Governor Taft gave $5,500 each to the two Republican candidates for Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Evelyn Stratton is locked in a re-election battle with Democratic Cuyahoga County Commissioner Janet Burnside. Lt. Gov. Maureen O’Connor is opposed by Democrat Hamilton County Municipal Judge Tim Black.
Governor Taft initially said he thought his campaign was prohibited from directly contributing to the court candidates. Later, campaign spokesman Orest Holubec said, "He can, and he’s maxed out." During the home stretch, the Republican candidates for Supreme Court outpaced their Democratic opponents more than three to one .
The governor has given $5,000 each to the House and Senate Republican campaign committees and contributed to numerous individual legislators locked in hometown battles.