Gov. Steve Beshear has to be watching Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland eat into his state’s House Republican majority by hiring away GOP incumbents in close races.
“Gov. Ted Strickland might have found a new formula for helping his fellow Democrats capture control of the Ohio House this year: If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.”
“Strickland already has been plenty helpful to House Democrats, particularly in their fundraising efforts. Now, in a move that has angered Republicans, he’s taking a new tack by hiring away GOP lawmakers in key districts.”
“In one day, House Republicans lost candidates in two swing seats that suddenly became much more competitive. Democrats need a net pickup of four seats to take control of the chamber for the first time since 1994.”
Legislators voted themselves a powerful incentive to become susceptible to such an offer in 2005.