Cincinnati Republican Considering Challenge Steve Chabot

The list of candidates who are considering a run against Steve Chabot is growing – and it’s not just Democrats trying to change the face of Ohio’s 1st Congressional District.

Cincinnati City Councilor Amy Murray explores the challenging chabot in the 2020 GOP primary, and may prepare for an intriguing battle in an election cycle where both parties view suburban college graduate Republican mothers as the key to victory.

Hamilton County GOP Chairman Alex Triantafilou confirmed on The Enquirer’s That’s So Cincinnati podcast this week that he and Murray had spoken about running against Chabot, but the party leader said “it would be a mistake to prioritize the longtime congressman”. (Click the Audioboom icon at the top of the article to listen.)

While Murray didn’t deny being interested in a Congressional run, she told Politics Extra, “I’ve been on the city council for two and a half years and I’m focusing on it now.”

Chabot has never had a serious major opponent in a congressional race in his 12th term.

Murray, 55, isn’t the only Republican with an eye on Chabot’s seat. 700 WLW host Rocky Boiman has tried to position himself as Chabot’s successor in recent months, but the former NFL linebacker and Green Township trustee has no interest in an elementary school. Boiman – Recently Recognized by U.S. Senator. Ted CruzMaverick PAC as one of the nation’s rising Conservative stars – hopes to occupy the seat after Chabot retires or loses.

Murray’s interest stems from the fact that Republicans and Democrats are waiting for a US Supreme Court decision to redraw the Ohio Congressional District map before next year’s elections. This decision is expected by the end of the month.

Several Greater Cincinnati Democrats, including Aftab pureval, Alicia Reece and Jill Schillerwait in a queue pattern for the Supreme Court decision. If the Supreme Court upholds the Lower Court’s decision to create fairer districts, the 1st district lines will be redrawn to most likely favor the Democrats. This will create a wild, free democratic elementary school, and the winner would be the favorite who would travel to Washington.

But if the district continues to be favored for Republicans spanning western and northern Hamilton Counties and all of Warren County, most Democrats currently considering a run will not challenge Chabot.

Democrats will likely still run a candidate in hopes of addressing suburban mothers who will be shut down by Donald Trump and upset with the Republican Party for supporting the President.

I can see why Murray is at least investigating this. The Mount Lookout resident seems to fit the target audience – a mother of two college graduates and a Procter & Gamble alum. Murray will also be banned from council in 2021 and she is looking for her next move in politics.

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Murray could make a nice general election candidate, but it would be difficult for her to pass a primary. She is temperate and has never won a neck and neck race. She has not said publicly whether she supports Trump despite having supported the president’s policies. Murray does not live in the current district, but there are no residency requirements for a congressional race.

Chabot is not the ideal candidate to challenge in elementary school. He is a staunch conservative and a respected representative of the GOP. He is a master at exploiting his opponents’ weaknesses in a campaign.

In an elementary school, Chabot could appeal to voters by promoting the fact that he has long been one of Capitol Hill’s top pro-life leaders. His strong base of pro-life supporters has already given a glimpse of how things could go if there was a Murray Chabot elementary school.

Pro-life advocates used social media to question Murray’s stance on abortion in December 2017 after she was selected as then-gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacciis a running mate. Months earlier, Murray had abstained from a council vote to honor a longtime Cincinnati Planned Parenthood doctor.

It was a meaningless, non-binding resolution and the Council has absolutely no say in abortion laws. But pro-life advocates believed Murray should have voted against the resolution instead of bypassing it.

“The primaries are won on the sidelines – left and right – and there is no one who gets any more to the right of Steve Chabot,” said Triantafilou.

When asked if Murray might be up and running, Triantafilou added, “I love Amy Murray. We’re good friends. She has a great future at the party. We’ll leave her there.”

MICROSCOOPS

SABOTAGED: Members and supporters of the Cincinnati Teachers Union have foiled Ben Lindy‘s efforts to win Democratic Party’s approval for this year’s race for the board of directors of the Cincinnati Public Schools. Lindy lost with one vote after a controversial Endorsement Committee meeting last weekend. He runs Teach for America in the greater Cincinnati area, an organization that unions dislike despite the backing of the former president Barack Obama and mostly run by Democrats. However, don’t be surprised if Lindy wins the backing of the powerful Cincinnati Business Committee. Lindy is likely to raise more money than the entire field put together, and the Hyde Park resident has a good chance of winning in a year when nothing else is on the ballot to raise an entire list. The Cincinnati Democratic Committee will have a final vote on the endorsements of the school boards at the end of the month the incumbents are serving Ozie Davis, Carolyn Jones and Eve Bolton are expected to receive official support from the party.

EXTERNAL AID? Another indication that Hamilton County is heading for the most expensive prosecutor’s race: Local Democratic leaders have held preliminary talks with them George Soros‘Representative through the liberal billionaire financier joining the 2020 effort to unravel Joe Deters. This is no surprise when you consider that Soros has for the past three years supported progressive candidates in local prosecution races to “overtake the US judicial system,” Politico said. Soros ‘PAC for Justice and Public Safety has put millions in prosecutors’ races in Philadelphia and suburban Washington, DC. The Democrats hope to defeat the longtime prosecutor Joe Deters essentially completing their takeover of the Hamilton County government. Deters raised a staggering $ 500,000 when he launched his campaign last month. Expect outside money to go to Deters and the Democratic challenger Gabe Davis.

SINGLE VOTE: Kudos to Murray for being the only council member against giving the Health Gap Center $ 750,000 in Wednesday’s final budget vote. The council continued to allow the nonprofit – while reviewing its effectiveness and spending on taxpayers’ money – to avoid going through the United Way review process like any other city-funded social service. “All human services funding should go through the United Way process,” said Murray.

CONGRATULATION: Two democratic political families in Cincinnati have taken in new boys. Congratulations to the city council PG Sittenfeld and his family upon the arrival of George Pete Isaac Sittenfeld on June 12th. So did Hamilton County Democratic Party first executive co-chair Alex Linser and his family at the birth of Franklin George Linser on Monday. Congratulations also to the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation for receiving a President’s Award for Compassion from the National Emergency Numbers Association.

Cincinnati.com political columnist Jason Williams

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