Even Many Republicans Didn’t Want Heimlich

To paraphrase Richard Nixon, voters won’t have Phil Heimlich to kick around anymore. Until next time, that is.

Just as many people wrote the political obituary for Nixon after his defeat to John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election only to be proven wrong later, dismissing Heimlich’s prospects also might prove to be premature.

As Heimlich, a Republican, prepares to leave his seat on the Hamilton County Commission after his defeat this week to Democrat David Pepper, it will mark the first time in 13 years that Heimlich hasn’t held a political office. But residents shouldn’t expect his exile to last long. Regardless of who wins this year in the tight race for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District seat, Heimlich probably will make a bid for the office in two years, political insiders say.

Republican incumbent Jean Schmidt and Democratic challenger Dr. Victoria Wulsin are battling it out for the seat now. Initial counts put Schmidt ahead by less than 3,000 votes, with provisional ballots yet to be tallied. But Heimlich has long eyed that office, and Schmidt is vehemently opposed by the same conservative Republican cabal that supports Heimlich, mostly the anti-tax, anti-abortion faction led by activist Christopher Finney and State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr.

Meanwhile, Heimlich has tried to couch his defeat Tuesday night with an argument that cold, hard facts don’t bear out.

Heimlich blamed his defeat on the anti-Republican mood that has swept the nation, primarily as a backlash against President Bush and the Iraq War. Statistics, however, show that voters in Hamilton County overall defied the national trend and remained true to the GOP.

Hamilton County voters, after all, still provided more votes to state attorney general candidate Betty Montgomery, state auditor candidate Mary Taylor, secretary of state candidate Greg Hartmann, U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot than they did to their Democratic challengers. In fact, the only statewide Democratic candidate to receive a majority of the county’s votes was state treasurer candidate Richard Cordray.

As one political observer noted about the results, “Even those people said they don’t like Phil Heimlich.” A closer analysis reveals that Pepper got more votes in the county commission race than fellow Democrat John Cranley received in his race against Chabot in heavily Republican areas like Anderson and Green townships — meaning some GOP voters made a conscious decision to snub Heimlich.

To end with another paraphrase: The fault, dear Phil, lies not in the party but in yourself.

— Kevin Osborne

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7 Comments on “Even Many Republicans Didn’t Want Heimlich”

  1. Rich Brockelmann Says:

    Humpty Heimlich sat on a wall,
    Humpty Heimlich had a great fall;
    All of King Carl’s millions, and all of King Carl’s men,
    Couldn’t put Humpty Heimlich back together again.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    THIS GUY SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS OR RIDIN OUT ON A RAIL AT LEAST. Phil Heimlich went against the voters will and over turned the Drake Levy. He sold it to the Health Alliance in a no-bid deal that took property valued at $43 million on the county auditors site and sold it for $30 million. Some estimates are $100-150 million and this SOB has the nerve to say he saved the taxpayers money. Drake was ranked top 16th in the country and now the poor people in the county will pay the price.

    If Todd Portune and David Pepper had any balls what so ever, they would’ve gone after this guy. It’s not enough punishment for these crooks to lose their seats for a year or two. Bengal Bob Bedinghaus should be behind bars and so should Ken (jim crow) Blackwell.

  3. one advocate Says:

    if the county does explore the tactics of heimlich and his co-horts regarding improper interference with gov’t operations in order to influence the outcome of an election—then heimlich wilkl have no chance in any political office,ever. mt bet is finney and company will be implicated.
    no matter what – the dems clearly have alot of educating to do in this community – they don’t get it then they need to back it up with real results in good goverance

  4. mark day Says:

    Now the Democrats are controlling the house, what am I supposed to do with my refrigerator full of Congressional pork?

    http://markdaycomedy.wordpress.com/2006/11/10/the-democrats-have-taken-control-of-the-house/


  5. Kevin!

    How hard is it to CHECK YOUR FACTS? Phil Heimlich was elected to City Council in 1993. He was re-elected 3 times — in 1995, 1997, and 1999. Heimlich left Council in 2001. He was elected to the County Commission in November, 2002. So, Heimlich’s departure from the Commission will NOT “mark the first time in 13 years that Heimlich hasn’t held a political office.” He didn’t hold a political office from the time he left City Council in December, 2001 to the time he was elected to the County Commission in November, 2002. (If you want to be technical, he wasn’t sworn into his position as County Commissioner until January, 2003.)

  6. Anonymous Says:

    “A closer analysis reveals that Pepper got more votes in the county commission race than fellow Democrat John Cranley received in his race against Chabot in heavily Republican areas like Anderson and Green townships — meaning some GOP voters made a conscious decision to snub Heimlich.”

    Cranley didnt run in Anderson Township… but the point is well taken. Perhaps look at Colerain, Miami or Delhi townships

  7. Westside John Says:

    All I can say is ” You’ve got the ball now, let’s see how you run with it!”


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