You may recall that Ohio Democrats had some optimism over the candidacy of state Rep. Todd Book, who announced in July that he would be challenging chronic underachiever Jean Schmidt in this R+13 suburban Cincinnati district. Looks like the Book has been closed:
State Rep. Todd Book- the Scioto County lawmaker who is a favorite of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Democratic Party leaders - is dropping out of the Democratic primary in Ohio's Second Congressional District.
Dave Lane, the Clermont County Democratic Party chairman, sent an e-mail to Clermont Democrats Monday night saying that the 41-year-old legislator from the Scioto County village of McDermott is withdrawing because of his legislative duties in Columbus. [...]
Book's campaign took a major blow about a week ago when the Tristate Building and Construction Trades Council - which represents 15 labor union in southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia - pulled its endorsement of Book after learning that his Portsmouth law firm was representing a non-union construction firm in Georgia.
Book's campaign never really got off the ground in an impressive way; he only raised $64K in the third quarter, and didn't really show much chutzpah overall. But it's difficult to blame him for taking a pass at what's looking like an incredibly daunting race in the face of a GOP headwind.
With Book out, it may come to pass that businessman David Krikorian, who gobbled up a large chunk of the vote as an independent candidate in 2008, may become the Democratic flagbearer by default. Former Apprentice contestant Surya Yalimanchili is also in the race (as an independent), but is striking centrist-sounding tones rather than any teabaggy bluster which would be of more use for Democrats hoping for a right-wing split.