Monday, October 23, 2006

Republicans for Strickland?

Anybody else have a suspicion that Republicans for Strickland like

  • Tanya, Franklin Co ("Great to see this group on here.” ),
  • Shirley, Muskingum Co. (“Go Ted Strickland!!!”) and
  • Andrew, Richland Co. (“It's time for a change in the way we think. In this case, [Ted] is a stronger leader.”)

are actually DonkElephants doing the political equivalent of Sock Puppetry?

Update: To test if Sock Puppetry may be going on at the Republicans for Strickland site, a quick random search was conducted using some of the names and city of residence on the site along with the search words "Ohio Democrat".

One search (Kathy Mulcahy, Orange Village) brought up the profile of Mayor Kathy Mulcahy of Orange Village, Ohio. Orange Village is a suburb of Cleveland and had a population of 3,236 in the 2000 census.

The profile of Ms. Mulcahy does not show her political affiliation. This takes a bit more digging. A search on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections site for Ms. Mulcahy brings up a pdf document entitled 2005 Elected Officials who were elected in 2004. Mayor Mulcahy is listed on page 12 of that document affiliated with the Democratic Party.

This evidence does not definitively show that Democratic Mayor Kathy Mulcahy is being listed as a Republican for Strickland, but it does support the Sock Puppetry suspicion.

Other possibilites for why the name of Kathy Mulcahy is listed on the Republicans for Strickland list include:

  • There are more than 1 Kathy Mulcahy's in the 3, 236 population of Orange Village.
  • Mayor Kathy Mulcahy may have switched her party affiliation since being voted into office in 2004.
  • Someone other than Ms. Mulcahy may have entered her name on the Republicans for Strickland site.
  • The Cuyahoga Board of Elections document may have made an error listing Ms. Mulcahy as a Democrat.


Update 2 (10/24/2006): More cause for suspicion...

Another name on the Republicans for Strickland site is Sue Ruppert of Franklin, Ohio a town with 12,000 residents.

Now, it's a possibility that there is more than one Sue Ruppert in this small town, but finding that at least one of those is the Treasurer for the Democratic Jeff Ruppert for Representative campaign is...well, suspicious. On the other hand, she just might be a Republican treasurer for a relative that is a Democratic state representative candidate.

It's also interesting that Jeff Ruppert's site has a Republicans for Ruppert group as well:


Update 3 (10/24/2006):

Jeff Ruppert's campaign responded to an email request and provided information confirming that Sue Ruppert is Jeff's mother and a registered Republican in Warren County, Ohio.


Blogger Modern Esquire said...

Do you have any evidence they are or is this just blind hope?

How many polls show Blackwell losing over twenty, to as much as a quarter, of the Republican vote?

October 23, 2006 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Matt Hurley said...

Remind me...polls showed Reform Ohio Now winning by well over 20 points. How'd that one turn out again?

Don't count your chickens before they might just lay an egg...

October 23, 2006 at 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modern Esquire:

Not 100% yet...but check the update and the research done on the name Kathy Mulcahy listed on the Republicans for Strickland site.

October 23, 2006 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Modern Esquire said...

Polls? One poll. One. Columbus Dispatch's poll showed RON winning by over 20 points.

Several polls (in fact, every poll that includes this as a crosstab)shows Blackwell has problems with his base. Less than 80% of registered Republicans supporting him. Nearly a quarter supporting Strickland.

There's a reason that Blackwell is campaigning in rural Republican areas in the final days of the campaign. He's doing triage.

If you honestly think Ken Blackwell is going to win, feel free. I'm more than happy to wait the next fourteen days.

Pork'o: Thanks, for the update.

October 24, 2006 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger VikingSpirit said...

If I'm not correct, the Univerity of Akron's Bliss Institute also did polls last year that showed the RON amendments passing by wide margins.

October 27, 2006 at 2:02 PM  

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