''Million Moms'' can't bring out the vote - Jim Trakas (R-17) re-elected!
Last month, we reported that
anti-CCW forces had decided to make Trakas' support for Concealed Carry Reform a linch pin in their campaign to unseat him.
Trakas, of Independence, was hammered on television by Democratic opponent Blair Melling in the 17th District. Melling, a Solon lawyer, blasted Trakas for supporting a concealed-weapons law. Trakas endured weeks of televised attack ads portraying his pro-Concealed Carry Reform stance as a wild-wild West-style position.
Trakas watched as a highly-publicized election eve anti-Trakas rally, sponsored by the Ohio contingent of the Million Mom March, was held in the park he named when a City Councilman. And he smiled, as pro-CCW counter-protesters, many representing OFCC PAC, outnumbered the so-called Million Mom's by 2 to 1.
So how did the "Mom attack" fare at the polls? Trakas soared to a convincing victory, taking votes nearly 2 to 1.
If it was a referendum they wanted, it was a referendum they got. Being anti-CCW didn't bring the votes for Trakas' opponent, nor did it for Linda Reidelbach's opponent in Columbus, where Reidelbach endured similar attacks.
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