It's not quite the Vote for Change Tour in 2004 — when Rock stars like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and others toured to help promote Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid — but Carole King is performing in Cincinnati Sept. 12 to raise funds for U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown's race against Sen. Mike DeWine. She'll do a set at the Aronoff Center's intimate Jarson Kaplan Theater downtown at 7 p.m., with Brown appearing and speaking as well.
Tickets are $250 for standard seating and increase to $500 and $750 for the best seats. "Gold Plus" level seats are $1,250 and include a private reception with King and Brown following her performance.
King's appearance has been arranged by Democratic Party backers Allan and Jennie Berliant, who organized a benefit lunch for Brown in June that brought Sen. Barack Obama to town (see Porkopolis, issue of June 7). Tickets can be ordered by contacting the Berliants at 513-221-4443.
Kerry, by the way, seems to finally understand that the 2004 presidential election in Ohio was a fiasco; it took him only two years to get it. In an Aug. 29 e-mail to Democrats, Kerry criticizes Ken Blackwell, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, "who has used his office to ."
"This isn't just rhetoric," Kerry writes. "As you know, in 2004, while serving as a co-chair of George W. Bush's 2004 Presidential campaign in Ohio, Secretary of State Blackwell oversaw the state's 2004 election.
He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote. Is he ashamed of what he did? No — he's emboldened by it."
No wonder he's emboldened. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, ignored pleas from his own party and refused to contest the Ohio vote, conceding to Bush within hours of the polls' closing.
But at least the rest of Kerry's e-mail is timely. He's trying to encourage contributions to Ted Strickland, the Democratic candidate for governor.
Democrats can only be frustrated by the behavior of Stan Chesley, who has provided copious amounts of money to Democratic candidates but now is helping re-elect arch-conservative Hamilton County Commission President Phil Heimlich, a Republican. Campaign finance records show Chesley has donated $12,500 to Heimlich's campaign. Heimlich is running against Democratic challenger David Pepper, a former Cincinnati city councilman.
Chesley's contribution is at odds with statements he made about Pepper in a Nov. 21, 2001, column in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Chesley reminisced about when Pepper mentioned he first was planning to run for city council: "I wanted to gobble him up as a Democrat as quickly as I could, before the evil forces of the other side took him."
Financing Heimlich's campaign isn't Chesley's only work on behalf of the dark side. He earlier held a fundraiser for Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro in his failed Republican gubernatorial bid. Heimlich was briefly Petro's running mate; Petro later appointed Chesley's law firm to represent the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority in its lawsuit against a pension investment fund.
Chesley has also given $4,000 to the Hamilton County Republican Party's judicial campaign fund this year.
Notable Anniversaries and Foibles
Over-the-Rhine has something to celebrate: the 60th anniversary of Tucker's Restaurant. Maynie Tucker, 86, still works at the restaurant she opened with her husband, E.G., on Sept. 19, 1946. Her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Carla Tucker, are the current owners.
Mayor Mark Mallory will present Maynie Tucker a key to the city on the anniversary date.
"Mrs. Tucker sets an amazing example for each of us," says Brian Muldoon, a longtime friend of the family. " 'Treat your brother as you should be treated' is a guiding credo for her. She wants all who come into the restaurant to know and feel respect, no matter what their station in life. Her humanity towards all, particularly her Over-the-Rhine neighbors, is remarkable and legendary."
In honor of Tucker's anniversary, Greenwich Tavern hosts a party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $10, with all proceeds benefiting the SID Network of Ohio, in memory of Adam Tucker Cappel, Joe and Carla Tucker's first grandchild.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) held a prayer vigil in front of Cincinnati City Hall Aug. 29, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. ACORN hoped to use the anniversary to draw attention to poverty here as well as in communities hit by Katrina.
"In case anyone is missing it, here in Cincinnati we have an economic disaster, with many people living in poverty and many people with no health insurance," said ACORN spokesman Leroy Ferrell.
Fact is, almost everybody missed it; only two people showed up for the prayer vigil.
County commissioners got their math wrong last week, and congressional candidate John Cranley tried a new campaign gimmick. Read about these and other political foibles in CityBeat's Porkopolis blog at citybeat.wordpress.com.
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