The wiseguys at the Ohio Republican Party have decided to diminish yet another judicial campaign. A week or so ago, they unleashed a reckless television ad accusing William M. O’Neill, a candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, of expressing “sympathy for rapists.”
Now they have launched a mailing in the race for the Summit County Probate Court. Perhaps there are questions to raise about the judgment of Elinore Marsh Stormer or the fund raising of the local Democratic Party. This isn’t the way to do so, especially in a campaign for a judgeship, the ad dripping in the familiar ugliness and distortion.
The Akron Bar Association gained pledges from all judicial candidates this fall to stay away from ads that impugn the integrity of the judicial system or candidates. No surprise the bar association finds the mailing “malicious and mean-spirited.” Alison McCarty, the supposed beneficiary of the mailing, has disavowed its content.
The Republican Party didn’t help McCarty anymore than it abided by the reprint rules of this newspaper, using our content without our permission. All that was accomplished in this final-days-of-the-campaign attack is the reminder of how low these operatives will stoop.