Plain Dealer: Democrats drop complaint over O'Connor's election ads
A vitriolic disagreement between the Ohio Democratic Party and Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor has ended with a whimper.
Party Chairman Denny White agreed Monday to withdraw an elections-law complaint claiming that O'Connor, former lieutenant governor, misrepresented herself as a judge in a TV commercial while campaigning for the court seat she won Nov. 5.
"It was a pure economic decision," said White, saying the party already has spent $20,000 on the case. "It's not a place where I think it's wise for us to spend our precious resources right now as Democrats.
Commentary by Chad D. Baus:
To understand why the decision to stop pursuing the action wasn't "purely economic," it must be remembered that the decision to start the action was purely political.
As OFCC PAC reported frequently during the campaign season, the Democrat candidate for Supreme Court had been hit with multiple complaints to the Ohio Elections Commission and by the Ohio State Bar Association, and this complaint was nothing more than a "they're doing it too" PR stunt. The stunt failed, and thus the action has ended.