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Politicians stump for votes at Labor Day picnic
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- It was a day for sandwiches and solidarity at the 26th annual Labor Day picnic of 2014, at Cincinnati's Coney Island.
The AFL-CIO event was a time for sports, games, and cookouts. As well as the usual Labor Day staple of politics. When Local 12 headed out there Monday morning, it looked like the event would be soaked. Not from the ice bucket challenge, but from the rain.
But the sun broke through, the eating and game playing commenced, and nobody seemed to care about the occasional puddle. About 15,000 people were expected at one of the largest Labor Day picnics in the country.
Unions traditionally back democratic candidates. This year, the gubernatorial candidacy of Democrat Ed Fitzgerald was pretty close to dead, with revelations about his not having a driver's license for ten years. But Fitzgerald's running mate, who stopped by Coney Island to stump for votes, maintained Fitzgerald still has the issues on his side.
Sharon Neuhardt (D), Lt. Governor candidate, said, "The reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated. We are going to run a great campaign and get out the vote. For that we are going to be relying on all the good democrats, the labor folks here, the people who know what's really at stake."
The Fitzgerald campaign has been plagued by problems from the start. His original choice for Lt. Governor, Cincinnati State senator Eric Kearney, dropped off the ticket after revelations of unpaid taxes.
With Republican Governor John Kasich holding a double-digit lead over Fitzgerald, Democrats have focused their attention and their money on the so-called down ballot races, like state treasurer, where Montgomery representative Connie Pillich will take on incumbent Republican Josh Mandel.
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