It is no secret that I am not a fan of Jon Husted.
I have said all along that I expect Husted to be found to be within the letter of the law while shattering the spirit of the law.
That said, I must admit that I too was more than a bit surprised by Jenny Brunner's decision yesterday.
And while I do think that the spirit of the law has been crushed by Mr. Husted (and others), I believe that in the end, Mr. Husted ought to be vindicated on this charge. This is a political issue, not a legal one. That Brunner has decided to string this out does show her partisanship, but that was entirely expected...
That doesn't let Mr. Husted's supporters off the hook though. This issue has been brewing for quite some time and everybody knew it wasn't going to go away. Even if the Ohio Supreme Court sides with Husted, Democrats will use the GOP dominated Supreme Court ddecision as ammo against Husted and the entire Republican ticket. They will call it "politics as usual" and the facts of the case won't matter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer when the time comes. They may have an editorial out today that sets the story out right, but mark my words, the 527 Meida in this state will hit Husted and the Republicans HARD for their incompetence in handling this matter.
This will go down as yet another of Brunner's Blunders...but the GOP is not entirely without blame. Had somebody told Jon Husted that we didn't need this distraction while we are trying to convince Ohio voters that we have learned our lesson and are ready to lead again, we'd all be better off.