Ohio GOP to Rank and File: No Dinner For You!
Joe Hallett reports in the Columbus Dispatch blog "The Daily Briefing" that the Ohio Republican Party has canceled its state dinner planned for Friday and will instead have an afternoon of training sessions for county chairmen and other party activists.
Yikes! Do you think the party will at least feed them lunch?
The ORP says that it had planned to bring in one of the GOP presidential candidates, but none is available due to the fact that they are busy campaigning in states that have a primary of actual consequence. The Ohio Democratic Party, of course, featured Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at its state dinner.
Party spokesperson John McClelland points out that Republicans have not traditionally held a state dinner, and "we're probably better served by using the day to get our people ready for this time next year."
The lack of a presidential contender to grace the affair (and the lack of a tradition of such events) may fully explain the cancellation ... or they may not. Assuredly, it comes down to low ticket sales. Otherwise, the party would certainly not forego the fund-raising opportunity. Does the speaker issue alone explain low ticket sales, or can we infer a certain lack of enthusiasm at this time of low ratings for Bush, an unpopular war, and a general Democratic tide in Ohio?