The nasty campaign that Ken Blackwell made is not going away anytime soon and we now get more insight into who has helped this flame war:
Columbus — With polls showing him so far behind that he could drag the entire Republican ticket down to defeat, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell launched an attack last week that took political discourse in Ohio to unplumbed depths.
In the last of four debates, Blackwell accused his Democratic rival for governor, Rep. Ted Strickland, of covering up for a campaign staff member who exposed himself to children and supporting the platform of NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Busy fanning the flames of this conflict has been an unlikely Blackwell supporter – Scott Pullins, a Mount Vernon lawyer who heads the Ohio Taxpayers Association. A former ally of ex-House Speaker Larry Householder, Pullins frequently clashed with Blackwell in 2004 when Blackwell and federal authorities were investigating the fund-raising practices of Householder and his top aides. No charges were ever filed.
Pullins has repeatedly questioned Strickland’s sexuality in interviews and on his political blog. Recently, he took his attacks to a new level, publishing lurid allegations about Strickland without any evidence.
Pullins said as much in a disclaimer he included: “WARNING: As I stated above, these are entirely rumors at this point with no substantiation whatsoever!”
Ok we need to stop there for a minute. He thinks this little disclaimer is giving him some kind of cover? This guy is a disgrace to blogs. If a left-wing blog posted something like “Ken Blackwell caught having sex with farm animals this weekend”, you can bet it would not only cause an uproar, but also calls from some attorneys. Strickland also agrees with this:
Strickland expressed disgust Tuesday when asked about the postings.
“This guy is an attorney? Unbelievable,” he said. “And then he puts out that warning, I guess because he thinks it gives him some kind of legal cover.
“These people are moral midgets. It’s just incredible.”
Pullins responded angrily when asked to produce evidence for his claims.
Of course Pulls responded angrily. Pullins has no evidence. This is the kind of attorney this guy is. As matter of fact, what about this part:
Pullins said Strickland is lying when he says he was unaware that the campaign worker was convicted of public indecency in 1994 for exposing himself near an elementary school in Athens. Strickland says he received an anonymous letter in 1998 during a heated campaign, asked the man about it and dropped the matter after the staffer denied it. After the campaign, the staffer accompanied Strickland on a trip to Italy. He left Strickland’s staff in 1999.
The Plain Dealer is not identifying him because his misdemeanor conviction was sealed in 2002.
So an attorney is going around publishing things that was sealed by a judge in a court of law. I believe Pullins should be called to Columbus and answer about this to the Ohio Supreme Court. I am not an attorney, but I got a feeling actions like this can lead to a suspension of his law license or even being disbarred.
So what if someone started calling Pullin names? How would this great GOP attorney respond then? Well this same article even gives us a taste of that
Although Pullins has alienated many Republicans (he sued GOP Rep. Thomas Collier this year after Collier called him “a scoundrel, liar and cheat” in a newspaper interview), he said he supports Blackwell because Strickland “will increase government spending and look for ways to raise taxes.”
OHHH so someone calls Pullins names and he has to sue. I guess that is appropriate – if the suit was made in order to protect scoundrels, liars and cheats. Pullins is much worse than that and I will produce evidence. The evidence is in this article and on his blog.
And for the Ohio GOP people that may read this blog, remember this. When you lose this year (and you will lose), you can thank people like Tom Noe, Bob Taft and now Scott Pullins. You have spent the past several years defending scum like this and now judgment is upon you.