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OH Sen: Brunner Slams "Insiders" Pushing Her To Quit

There's probably no turning back now for Jennifer Brunner.

Any hopes that the Ohio Secretary of State could be convinced to abandon her Senate campaign to avoid a primary with Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) would seem to be dashed after Brunner excoriates Democratic "insiders," both in Columbus and Washington, for trying to push her out. Writing on her campaign Web site, Brunner repeats some of the entreaties she's heard -- including one from an unnamed Congressman who says she should quit even though he or she thinks Fisher can't win.

"She can't raise the money," said many. "You shouldn't run for the Senate if the Governor supports Lieutenant Governor Fisher," warned some Washington insiders in January. "You need to take one for the team, even though I don't think the Lt. Gov. can win in the general election," one Congressman cautioned. "I think you have the political skills to win this election, but you need the money," said a political mentor.

A poll released just today showed Brunner trailing Fisher by just three points, but Fisher is expected to build on his significant financial advantage when new reports are released. That factor is something Brunner confronts head on.

Public service for me has never been about the money. I know I must raise it. I always have, deliberately, steadily and having enough in the end to get the votes I need to win. For me, public service at its essence is about standing up for the kinds of things we as Democrats believe in and taking the fight of my fellow Ohioans to Columbus or Washington or wherever I can best help people in need.

And just as Ohio Democrats were thrilled when likely Republican nominee Rob Portman boasted in a recent interview of being a Washington "insider," Brunner hands the GOP a quote to fight back with in the event Fisher is the nominee.

If this race for the U.S. Senate is about the trappings of insider politics, then I suspect Lee Fisher will be your man. But if Ohio's Democratic faithful are willing to look toward a new way that is really nothing more than the old way of the Golden Rule, then Jennifer Brunner will be the first woman from Ohio to be both nominated and elected to the U.S. Senate.

She concludes her 1,300-word opus with references to the tough U.S. presidential primary Democrats saw play out in Ohio last March.

Women voters will be energized by this election across our state, because many of their hopes and dreams were piqued by the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and fueled by the election of our first African-American president, Barack Obama. Rob Portman introduces himself to the voters of our state as a former Congressman, Bush trade representative and budget director. I know that Democrats will fight to make sure that all voting Ohioans know he is not their man, and that their next U.S. Senator must be a woman whose courage has been tested and who has only just begun to help Ohioans earn a new respect for their state.

The last line: "I am in this race to stay."