Licking County Pro-Active Citizens: Are Democrats up to the test?

Democrats aced the test in 2006 and 2008 but this year’s election is the party’s final exam, Senatorial Candidate Lee Fisher told local supporters here today.

“This is our test, the final exam, a measure of how committed we really are,” Fisher said during brief remarks during an appearance at the Licking County Courthouse Square. Democrats face a tough challenge this year but the party can bring home victories on Nov. 2 if both candidates and volunteers double and triple their effort, he said. “This year the wind is in our face, so we have to work four or five times as hard.”

Fisher, currently Lieutenant Governor in the Strickland administration, is running against Republican Rob Portman for the Senate seat now held by retiring Republican George Voinovich. He won the Democratic nomination this spring by defeating Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

In Newark, Fisher said he’s encouraged by the support he’s getting from many Democrats who voted for Brunner. He acknowledged that Portman is raising record amounts of cash but said the Republican has to since he’ll need to overcome his record during the last Bush administration. As Bush’s trade representative, Portman negotiated unfair and often dangerous trade agreements with China and as Bush’s budget director, Portman engineered tax breaks for the wealthy and promoted investing Social Security funds on Wall Street, Fisher said.