Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), the Buckeye State’s senior senator, announced today that he would not be running for reelection in 2010. Check out this sentence from his statement:
I must devote my full time, energy and focus to the job I was elected to do, the job in front of me, which seeking a third term – with the money-raising and campaigning that it would require – would not allow me to do.
Wow, that’s a refreshing dose of fundraising honesty from Capitol Hill. He’s probably right. His 2010 campaign would be expensive. In 2004, Voinovich raised $10 million for his re-election against a token opponent that raised just over $1 million. The 2006 Senate race in Ohio though, is a different story. The two candidates spent over $23 million on the race. With a changing electorate over there in Ohio, the 2010 contest would probably match that or cost even more.
It’s time to end the money chase. Tell Congress to make Fair Elections a priority.