There are four Republicans vying for nomination to the race for Voinovich’s seat, Robert Portman, Tom Ganley, Jason Howard, and James Lundeen, and one Independent, Eric Gregory.
Portman is a former Congressman, G.W. Bush cabinet member (Office of Management and Budget and United States Trade Representative), and was also an adviser to G.H.W. Bush.
Portman resigned abruptly from the OMB on June 19, 2007, less than a year after accepting the position, stating he wanted to spend more time with his family. Portman has been involved in politics since 1989.
During this time, a public corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff, his associates and members of the Republican Party was underway in which Portman was involved, causing Portman to return $4000.00 in campaign donations linked to Abramoff.
Abramoff and his associates were convicted of bribery related charges as were several high ranking Republicans between 2006 and 2008, all the while Abramoff was cooperating with the FBI, with several indictments coming down in 2007.
Portman’s campaign website lists his stance on the issues being balancing the budget, lowering healthcare costs, and a number of businesses he’s visited. All in all, not very informative.
Tom Ganley is the President and CEO of the Ganley Automotive Group in Cleveland. Ganley worked his way up from an employee at a car lot to owning 32 dealerships which employ over 1000 people. Ganley works closely with the Cleveland Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol, in programs such as “Buckle up Cleveland” and “Crime Stoppers of Northeast Ohio” earning him many local awards as well as Congressional recognition.
Ganley’s stance on the issues are common sense, a business like approach to government. Ganley states, “When a business borrows money, it knows it will have to repay that debt plus interest in the future.” This simple statement has gone over the heads of politicians for quite some time and is more apparent with current legislators.
He also lists as important; parental involvement in education, non-taxation of health care benefits, protecting our borders and the illegal entry involved, and “Peace through strength” among many other examples of common sense approaches to government.
No information is available to TCCE currently regarding Jason Howard or James Lundeen.
Eric Lamont Gregory is an anti-war, pro-socialist healthcare liberal. His stance on the issues mirror those of Obama, perhaps a little left of Obama.
Of the candidates listed, only one stands out and that is Mr Ganley. The rest of the candidates have only regurgitated old rhetoric, whereas Ganley took a different approach to government. Common sense.