Monday, May 11, 2009

Ohio Sheriff Gets Flak for Possible Congressional Run

Republican Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is getting flak from his own party as he announces he is considering running against House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). Sheriff Jones has long been an outspoken Sheriff in illegal immigration issues and has even put up billboards warning employers against hiring illegal immigrants. In an interview with The Politico Sheriff Jones is quoted “The party is in the toilet and in the wilderness. I don’t know where they’re going. Being an incumbent in Washington is not really the best thing right now,” Jones said.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones

Rep John Boehner has not faced serious opposition since he was elected in 1990 and Sheriff Jones would be the toughest opponent he has ever had. Sheriff Jones is considered strong in name recognition and well liked in his county who's population encompasses half the congressional district. However, the Sheriff is getting serious opposition from leaders in his own party who feel the Sheriff is premature in challenging Rep. Boehner. They feel the Sheriff should wait it out and run for the position when Rep. Boehner is ready to retire. Party leaders feel a primary battle can only hurt the Sheriff's Standing in the party. The Sheriff is not afraid to challenge conventional Republican Politicos, He once took out an ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer accusing Republican presidential nominee John McCain of being weak on immigration.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)

This will be an interesting race to watch however the race may never materialize. The Sheriff at this point says he is looking into whether he can raise enough money and support to take on the congressional seat. I think the Ohio Republican party will do all it can to assure the support and money is not found.


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