Mike "Who?" Turner Raises His Profile
We call Mike Turner of Dayton, the congressman from Ohio's 3rd district, Mike "Who?" Turner because he's so faceless. It's hard to think of anything he's taken leadership on, bad or good. OK, he's been fairly loud in support of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but as one of the district's major economic engines, that's de rigeur.
But look at what transpired yesterday:
Says the staid U.S. News & World Report,
The House Armed Services Committee has long taken pride in a spirit of cross-party cooperation. But when Jeffrey Zients, the White House's budget chief, bluntly said House Republicans should endorse tax hikes to pare the federal deficit, a partisan brawl ensued. ... Republicans members like Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio and Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia responded with a display of partisan bitterness rarely seen inside the Armed Services Committee's hearing room.
Isn't that special?
Longtime defense experts who served in the halls of the Pentagon and White House and where watching the hearing quickly took to Twitter to state their disgust.
Ohio can be so proud — NOT.
After this year, the Dayton area represented by Turner becomes part of the new 10th district. The Miami Valley district includes all of Montgomery County and Greene County and Northern Fayette County. Fortunately for voters there who don't like to be embarrassed, this is the district that Sharen Neuhardt is running in.
Sharen is rational, level-headed, and you can pretty much count on her not becoming a screaming maniac when someone presents opinions at a hearing that she disagrees with.
Turner sounds like he could use a break. Let's give him one.