I’m not hearing anything from any Republican candidates in the 13th District except for Paul Burtzlaff (who I endorse). Is it because the other candidates have no money left? Or is their network of supporters and volunteers not up to making phone calls or sending out mailings? It looks like the other guys are riding it out until the primary on Tuesday.
Craig Foltin, the guy the Ohio GOP has anointed as their chosen moderate, did send a mailing to my parents this past week. They live in the district too, not far from me. But I’m a registered Republican, and I’ve seen nothing in the mail. Nor have I gotten a phone call. Ken Blackwell’s campaign found my phone number easily enough. Why haven’t Foltin’s people called?
Absent any serious effort from Foltin, he seems to be relying on a single issue to get himself elected by the Republican base: “Newspapers and Republican bigshots have endorsed me, so vote for me!”
Meanwhile, Burtzlaff and his volunteers have been making calls and sending out mailings. Here’s the introductory brochure that went out last week:
Here’s the Burtzlaff vs. Foltin comparison mailing that went out yesterday and today:
It’s nothing fancy; just an issue-by-issue comparison. But combine these targeted mailings with the Burtzlaff campaign’s phone banks and door-to-door stumping, and you’ve got a classic ground campaign for a U.S. House seat.
Could there be an upset in the offing? Stay tuned. I’ll have details from Paul Burtzlaff’s Meet The Bloggers session, and some more “inside baseball” stuff in the next couple of days.