Let's do this for fmr. Senator DeWine...
Mike DeWine, U.S. Senator (1995-2007), Lt. Governor (1991-1995), U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1991), Ohio State Senate (1981-1983)
Mr. Dewine is not sure what he wants to run for, but he's sure it's for state-wide office. There are, then, three potential positions open for him: U.S. Senator (again, filling Voinovich's seat), Ohio Governor (against Ted Strickland), and ... get this ... Ohio Attorney General? The last position there seems to put him into a good elected government job that he will excel at in the hopes of future runs when the GOP is poised to make better gains.
How, then, is Mr. DeWine on gay issues? Project Vote-Smart has taken him out of their databases, temporarily, since he does not currently hold any office and is not officially running yet. So let's turn to his Wikipedia article and his OntheIssues score sheet (and, hold on, it's going to get weird):
- On Marriage: Voted YES in 1996 for DOMA, and YES for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 to ban same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, he was against the statewide referendum on gay marriage (Issue 1) because he felt that it limited heterosexual couples.'
- On Sexual Orientation Protections: In 1996, he voted NO on adding sexual orientation job protections.
- On Hate Crimes: In 2000, he voted YES on expanding hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation, but vote NO on a similar bill two years later, in 2002.
Right, did you catch all that?
But the most important thing that we need to keep in mind, in all of this is simple:
Mike DeWine was one of the co-sponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006.
You read that right, kids.
Go back to your hole, Mr. DeWine. We don't want you here.
Trust me, we'll keep you up to date on this one.
On the flip side, Mr. DeWine may be good for the GOP. Though he has a mixed record on civil rights -- rated 40% by the ACLU -- he is scandal free, intelligent, everything-else-moderate Republican from Ohio. That seems to be something in desperate need for that party, right now. Too bad he is so freakin' unattractive... At least Boehner is good looking.
And his name is Boehner. Ha-ha.
The more I read, the more I think I'm going to call it: Mr. DeWine will run for Attorney General in 2010, barring unforeseen scandal or sudden drop in the Dems' approval ratings.