December 9th, 2009
01:53 PM ET
7 months ago

Plouffe backs Fisher in Ohio Senate primary

David Plouffe managed Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
David Plouffe managed Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

(CNN) – Barack Obama's former campaign manager is taking sides in a high-profile Democratic primary.

David Plouffe sent a fundraising appeal Wednesday to supporters of Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the frontrunner for the state's Democratic Senate nomination, calling Fisher "a champion for Ohio workers."

Fisher has garnered support from the party establishment in his bid to replace Sen. George Voinovich, who is retiring next year. But before Fisher can take on the likely Republican nominee, former Bush administration budget director Rob Portman, Fisher must first defeat Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in the Democratic primary. Brunner trails Fisher in statewide polling and has struggled to raise money since announcing her candidacy.

But Plouffe is keeping his eye the general election. He wrote that Portman's policies under Bush cost Ohioans jobs and helped spark "the worst economic recession in our lifetimes.

"If Karl Rove was the 'architect' of Bush's campaigns, then Portman was the 'architect' of Bush's economic agenda," he wrote in the e-mail. "We can't go back to the same failed policies that got us where we are today. And that's why we need Lee Fisher."


Filed under: David Plouffe • Lee Fisher • Ohio • Rob Portman
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. wg

    Good job dave

    December 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    A former Bush administration budget director would certainly be on the wrong side of Ohio workers. Although, there are wingnuts who long for the republican culture of corruption, I would hope we not go there again.

    December 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Joe from Ohio

    Plouffe should really learn a little something about Ohio before he opens his mouth a supports anyone. Lee Fisher has not been able to win a state wide office in decades. If not for Strickland he would be living off the the Ohio taxpayer in some government job.

    At least Jenifer Brunner is a winner. The best thing for the Dems in Ohio is if Fisher goes away. But his EGO will prevent that from happening.

    Congrats to Senator Portman!

    December 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Reggie

    Porter, the republican, will easily win the election no matter who the democrats send.

    December 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. chubby

    President Bush did not cause the massive wave of job losses this year. nobama will continue to blame the past administration for his incompetence three years from now. nobama has spent our treasury plus our grandchildren which are not even born yet. He talks about reducing spending but there again plans massive spending. The money repaid to the tax payers for loans to the banks by law are required to be used to pay down the deficit or debt but yet he plans on spending it. He does not care about the law, the constitution or anything else except running this country into the ground. Time to send this fool home or impeach him.

    December 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. chris l

    thank god the republican is going to win. Not really a surprise since the Radical Fringe anti-American Democrap party will DEFINITELY lose their majority in 2010 and quite frankly at the rate Obama Bin Laden is running this country into the ground, Republiicans could run a tin can against him in 2012 and win by a landslide. Spin Away Libtards the end is near for you and the rest of your fringe cohorts. You will soon be sent back to the cesspool you crawled out of. COUNT ON IT!

    December 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Dave

    Let's see bush kept us afloat with low taxes and Obama has seen unemployment skyrocket due to the astounding incompetence he and his adminstration has shown when it comes to basic economics.

    It is simple, they are either the dumbest group to ever run this country or it is all a big plan to break us down to become a fascist liberal state.

    Either way: VOTE THEM ALL OUT

    December 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Linda

    Never believe anything Plouffe says.

    After all, he makes secret pacts to take out other Dems and smear them. What was it "any and all means to take Dean out".?

    Oh, the woman hater doesn't endorse Brunner? What a SHOCKER there!!! WOOO. Yep.

    Thanks loser, you just helped Brunner win. Ohioans remember you and your"osama bin laden ads.

    Anyone assoc with Obama is poison. Don't take the bait.

    December 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Hope to Change

    Yeah!!!! kick her out of there

    December 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. WIlly Brown

    More Chi- Town Thugs Ohio. Watch out!

    December 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Phil of Licking Co, Ohio

    Brunner needs to drop out. Unfortunately, during the last election, she made some decisions to reform the voting system that were not popular with the Republicans. Providing more access like same day registration caused an uproar with the Repubs. Fisher has a lengthy resume and would make a good senator.

    December 9, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. David

    Um, you guys know Fisher is an AKPD client. Right?

    December 9, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |