So, on Saturday I got an automated telephone poll from a 614 (Columbus) number asking for opinions on everyone reportedly running or thinking about running for the 9th Ohio Senate district, and Republican Charlie Winburn. All of the other people on the list are Democrats. This is a solid Democratic district.
The poll was quit lengthy and ended with questions that matched all of the candidates against Republican Charlie Winburn. It was monotonous hearing Republican Charlie Winburn's name over and over again. As if I didn't know who Republican Charlie Winburn is.
Here's the wrinkle. Every time they stated Republican Charlie Winburn's name when matching up the candidate pairs, the poll called him "Independent Charlie Winburn." Yeah, that was the point. The poll was trying to create misinformation about Republican Charlie Winburn.
Call it a combination of testing the water for how he fairs on name recognition in the 9th and an effort to plant a seed in the public about Republican Charlie Winburn not being much of a republican. The poll is meant as test to see if he has any traction to run in that race and tests how he might try and spin it. It won't fly. Republican Charlie Winburn will not be able to run away from his Conservative view points. Is is a Republican and people in the 9th district will not forget it.
Who funded this? Was is Winburn himself or the Republicans? The message sounds more like Republican Charlie Winburn, not the party. If it was the party, then wow, someone had Machiavelli on their corn flakes the morning they came up with this idea.