Jennifer Brunner's campaign promise

Tom Jackson
Apr 26, 2010

A few days ago when I got to work and checked my e-mail, I found a long press release from the Jennifer Brunner campaign, criticizing Lee Fisher, her opponent in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. 

The subject line was, "Jennifer Brunner exposes rival's donations from Wall Street." This fits Brunner's recent campaign theme that she is the candidate who can be trusted by the voters.

One way to win trust, though, is to keep important campaign promises. When Brunner ran for secretary of state four years ago, she promised to concentrate on the job, run the office in a bipartisan manner and not use the job as a stepping-stone for a higher office.

I remember  Brunner saying those things when she campaigned in Sandusky, but I haven't blogged about it because I couldn't find her key campaign promise in any of my old clips.

Since then, though, I've found a Dec. 26, 2006, article in the "Columbus Dispatch," headlined, "Brunner wants voters' trust."

The article notes, "The secretary of state's position recently has been a steppingstone for higher office, with Brown becoming a congressman and U.S. senator, Taft being elected governor and Blackwell running for governor.

" 'That wasn't my motivation in stepping up to run for this,' Brunner said. 'I want to do this job for eight years and see what happens.' "

Under that timetable, she'd start looking around for a new job in 2014.

The article also records Brunner's statement that "Unlike Blackwell and previous secretaries of state, she pledges not to get involved in any partisan or issue campaign."

Wouldn't running for months for the U.S. Senate count as a "partisan campaign?"