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Sunday, February 11, 2007

ODP Chair Chris Redfern Profiled

There's a good read in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today - a lengthy front-page profile of Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island), Ohio's brash and energetic state Democratic party leader. One thing that caught my attention was that Redfern recruited a slate of about ten candidates to run for intra-party offices last May against established party insiders, many of whom opposed Redfern's election as state party chair. Most of them lost. The incident reveals a strikingly aggressive dimension to Redfern's political ambition, but also the practical limits to his ability to consolidate power in the notoriously fragmented state party apparatus.

Another significant item: last week Redfern gained a seat on the national Democratic party's executive committee. This will help him shape the presidential race in the Buckeye State in 2008, and lends weight to the suggestion by reporter Mark Naymik in this week's podcast on the Cleveland Plain Dealer blog Openers that Redfern's future may be in national rather than state politics.

The article also details an intramural spat between Redfern and the Senate campaign of Sherrod Brown (R-Avon). Redfern told the New York Times less than a week after Brown won the primary last May that national Democrats should "focus on the governor's race above all" because it was the Democrats' best chance of success in the fall. Brown campaign manager John Ryan complained angrily about the remark, saying it could scare off donors, but Redfern refused to back down.

Overall an interesting article that captures Redfern's dynamic but brusque personal style very well.



At February 12, 2007 4:18 PM , Anonymous said...

Noticed there was no mention of how Redfern ignored the Ohio Supreme Court races in November and gave the GOP a full house.

Redfern's lack of insight and effort to put forth and support strong Democratic candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court is telling.

But then, as a representative he's been nothing but "guns, god and gays" with all the other Republicans in the Ohio House.

I find his politics to be more in line with the Republicans than the real Democrats. I fear he is nothing but a fast talking DINO.

At February 12, 2007 11:15 PM , Anonymous said...

If only Redfern worked as hard to get Dems elected in Ohio as he does to advance his own career.

Same pattern as many previous ODP leaders, in it only to advance their own career. They usually fail on both counts.

Are there any good ODP chair candidates on deck who are able to take over?

At February 13, 2007 10:40 AM , Anonymous said...

uh... didnt we just win? give me the name of one previous chair who did as well. just one name... stop hating on redfern just to hate.

At February 16, 2007 11:51 AM , Anonymous said...

Hating Redfern just to hate? Don't think so.
Have you checked Redfern's Guns, Gays and God voting record?
Check it out and then tell me why he is chairman of the Ohio DEMOCRATIC Party.
Did we win many offices. Yes.
But the reasons we won have little to do with Redfern and more to do with the corruption that has be rampant in our State and Federal governments.
Redfern had an opportunity to do more than tag along for the ride and then take credit. It's his MO.
But, as you probably work for him, you know that already.


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