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With Friends Like These. . .Who Needs Supporters?

November 11, 2008 - Joselyn King
In Ohio County, Republicans took two elected offices in last week's election -- but these wins likely were the gifts of outside forces.

As I heard someone say at the City/County Building on election night, "I underestimated the effect of the third party in these races."

The third party? There weren't Independent or Mountain Party candidates running?

Oh, yeah. There were "third parties" -- those working outside the Ohio County Republican Party to get candidates elected or unelected.

And their efforts worked.

It didn't hurt the campaign of Republican Sheriff-elect Pat Butler that his current boss, popular Democratic Sheriff Tom Burgoyne, helped to push his campaign in the county.

A mass mailing and oversized posters denouncing Magistrate Rose Humway also had to help get Republican Joe Roxby elected magistrate.

The Ohio County Republican Party, itself, had very little presence this election despite its tallies showing some success.

In fact, the county party's Website evidently hasn't been updated for more than two years. The list of candidates there still shows Chris Wakim running for Congress (he was a state senate candidate this time) and Scott Reed and Gil White running for the House.

Maybe there isn't enough interest in the party for anybody to look at the Website to notice.


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