July 23, 2018
Cleveland, Cincinnati, and most recently Columbus.
These are the three places in Ohio where there have campaigned over the last year for new leaders of re-energized Democratic Party.
And there has been in big shift since the last time I had campaigned across a dozen counties in Ohio for Hillary Clinton during the general election.
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he has been the best candidate recruitment tool the Ohio Democratic Party has ever had. As State Chairman David Pepper will tell you, our Party hasn’t filed so many strong candidates in so many races up and down the ballot in years.
The loss to Trump was still fresh when Cuyahoga County Democrats gathered in Cleveland last May, but as Mayor Trevor Elkins of Newburgh Heights, said at the time, “I’ve never seen passion and energy in our base. People are becoming more active not less.”
Then in Hamilton County in Cincinnati just two months ago, a huge turnout for the annual Party dinner. I campaigned there for Aftab Pureval — a young challenger for a Congress who is exciting people all across southern Ohio with his message of new leadership, dignity, and decency.
And now, just this last weekend I was in Ohio, again. This time to campaign for Danny O’Connor who is running in a special election for Congress in Ohio. Danny is looking to flip a seat from red to blue — and boy, was I impressed.
The headquarters was humming. There was a voter contact thermometer on the wall — always a good sign! His field director was able to show him on his iPad that they had hit over 12,000 voter contacts on the week. His volunteers were knocking on doors from ten locations all over the district. And the hope, faith, and trust that his supporters have in Danny is very real.
This race feels a lot like Connor Lamb’s upset victory in Pittsburgh a few months ago where — thanks to you — I was able to campaign; but, it might be even more important. And this is why.
If Danny can win in a Republican district in Ohio just a couple months before the midterms all across our country, it will provide a trumpet call for Voters all across America.
A trumpet call to save our democracy by winning back our own states.
In other words, great nations sometimes make bad mistakes, good nations correct them quickly.
Keep your eyes on the Buckeye State on August 7, for Danny O’Connor — and in the midterms for all of Ohio.
Win Back Your State, Ohio — and we will save our democracy.
— Martin O’Malley