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