Here they are:
Gov. Kasich, McKees Rocks, Pa., 6,118
Secretary of State Jon Husted, Village of Montpelier, 4,071
Senate majority leader, Tom Niehaus, New Richmond, 2,582
Atty. Gen.. Mike Dewine, Cedarville, 4,033
(I purposely left out this list of small-town politicians House speaker Bill Bachelder, who, compared to the others, arrived in Columbus from the megalopolis of Medina, pop. 26,827.)
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As Mitt Romney continues to back away from his 47 percenters and other odd numbers, is it possible that he might be suffering from percentile dysfunction? After all, as he has shown, percentages aren't for everyone. If side effects persist, he should call his doctor, but only if he has coverage for pre-existing conditions.
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The Sunday Plain Dealer reported at length that Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been hit b y a $19 million avalanche of radio and TV ads that have made the race closer than it deserves to be against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. The money is from outside groups , including Karl Rove's vault. I haven''t heard much from Josh's cheering section, which says it's an up-and-down race about Brown by Super PACs and corporate interests who care little about the challenger and would be satisified to replace Brown with Donald Duck without a pleasant nod to Mandel. If Mandel's money machine happens to pull an upset - Good heavens, don't even think about it! - will he stand up in the winner's circle on Election night and declare that he built the victory himself. He will because he has a very inventive mind when there is a need to say, "I am Josh Mandel and I approve this message."