Cranley’s Spending Under Scrutiny

“Know thine enemy” is a proverb that local political candidates are taking to heart as campaign season begins heating up.

Political campaigns typically research the backgrounds of their opponents to use as fodder in TV ads and stump speeches, and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) is no exception in his bid to retain the 1st Congressional District seat he’s held for the past 12 years.

Three staffers who work for Chabot’s campaign spent several hours in the council clerk’s office at Cincinnati City Hall last week combing through expense vouchers submitted over the past few years by City Councilman John Cranley and his staff. Cranley is the Democrat running against Chabot, and Cranley’s campaign is slated to get an influx of cash from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this fall as the party attempts to regain control of the House from Republicans.

Earlier this year the Republican National Committee put Chabot on a list of vulnerable incumbents and used a Tom DeLay-created political action committee to raise money so Chabot can go on the offense. Expect to hear ads about Cranley’s spending at City Hall soon.

In their first match-up during the 2000 campaign, Cranley’s first campaign for public office, he lost to Chabot to 44 percent to 53 percent. Cranley has since been elected three times as councilman.

— Kevin Osborne

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2 Comments on “Cranley’s Spending Under Scrutiny”

  1. rgblogging Says:

    It’s good to see Chabot forced to reconnect with the voters in Cincinnati, too bad it took a credible challenge by John Cranley to make him start working hard for the people of Cincinnati.

    If Cranley is generating cash, it’s because 2006 is time to get rid of Chabot and elect someone who is willing to stand up to the Bush Administration.

    Take Back Cincinnati:

  2. MJF Says:

    The Republican hierarchy has suppressed competitive Democratic politicians for too long. Cincinnati has suffered as a result. I say congratulations to Cranley for having a competitive race, and even being in the lead in some polls!!!

    Check out the poll at: or

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