Ohio: Clinton Pens Last-Minute Money Appeal for Fisher

Posted September 30, 2009 at 6:33pm

Former President Bill Clinton is lending his name yet again to help fundraise for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary for Senate. Clinton sent a fundraising appeal Tuesday by e-mail to Fisher supporters, following up on the fundraiser that he hosted for Fisher in June. The appeal came in the final hours before the third-quarter fundraising deadline, as Fisher is trying to post another strong showing.

“I’ve known Lee Fisher since he helped me win Ohio, and the presidency, in 1992,— Clinton wrote. “Since then, I’ve followed Lee’s tireless commitment to public service, as attorney general, president of the Center for Families and Children, and as lieutenant governor. With Lee, we have a chance to send someone who has devoted his life to helping Ohio families to Washington.—

Not only did Fisher serve as state chairman for Clinton’s campaigns in the 1990s, but he also supported now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential primaries.

Fisher and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner are running for the Democratic nod in the race to succeed retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R). Preliminary public polling shows Brunner and Fisher in a good position to defeat former Rep. Rob Portman (R) next year, although the surveys also show a majority of voters undecided.