“And now I am told the brain trust who LOST EVERY SINGLE STATEWIDE OFFICE IN 2010 is back and in charge,” he wrote. “Run people. Run. The inmates are running the asylum.”
Contacted by phone, O’Neill said he stands by his words. “I’m concerned about the future of the Ohio Democratic Party,” he said, adding that the party over the last three cycles has “amassed a history of losses that is an embarrassment to those of us who have worked inside the party for the past 40 years.”
“I think they have badly wounded Ted Strickland’s chances of becoming a U.S. Senator,” he said, saying that Strickland will spend the next 12 months not being challenged on anything.
“We’re giving him a free ride to the nomination, and by doing that, we’re telling all the young people who wanted to get involved in that race to get lost,” he said.
He said he is a close friend of Strickland, and Strickland was one of the first people who called him when his son returned injured from Iraq in 2008.
He called for the resignation of the appointed members of the Ohio Democratic Party executive commission, saying many are high-paid consultants for the party. “They should all resign,” he said.
“Turn your back on ODP,” he said. “They have turned our back on us.”