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Ted Strickland's 'Disappointing' Record 'Politicizing Justice'

Governor Strickland Was Criticized For 'Blatantly Political' Ohio Supreme Court Appointment

"When it comes to state judicial nominees, Ted Strickland was deeply criticized by Ohio media for putting his own political interests over what was best for Ohio," campaign manager Corry Bliss said. "Once again, Ted Strickland says 'do as I say, not as I do.' Ted Strickland's flailing campaign is so desperate to distract from his awful record that they've resorted to hypocritical attacks that highlight Ted's failed term as governor when Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation."

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WHAT NEWSPAPERS SAID IN 2010:

Cleveland Plain Dealer: "A regrettable detour: Gov. Strickland fails to advance the cause of judicial reform with a blatantly political Ohio Supreme Court appointment" (April 18, 2010)

"The sudden death of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer this month gave Gov. Ted Strickland a chance to pass on politics as usual and do something classy – something that might have indicated he sees the Ohio Supreme Court as more than just another political prize."

Columbus Dispatch Editorial: "Politicizing justice: Governor's appointment of Eric Brown as chief justice dishonors the court" (April 15, 2010)

"Gov. Ted Strickland's move yesterday to fill the seat of the late Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer with Franklin County Probate Judge Eric Brown was surprising and disappointing.

"Strickland had options in dealing with this vacancy, and he chose the one that crassly interjects partisanship into the Ohio Supreme Court. Brown, backed by Strickland, is running for the chief-justice seat in November against Republican Justice Maureen O'Connor. ...

"This is the position of chief justice. It has been vacated after being held for nearly 24 years by a man widely revered for his integrity, professionalism and his concern for the court's reputation. And he died unexpectedly less than two weeks ago, leaving his colleagues and other Ohioans who knew him stunned and grieving.

"The governor had an opportunity to honor that legacy and rise above partisanship in filling this vital judicial post. He chose to do otherwise."