COLUMBUS -- “Karl Rove had a bad night,” said Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown, at a press conference in Columbus Wednesday, fresh off his victory over Republican Josh Mandel. Karl Rove’s “Crossroads” organization gave $12 million to help defeat Brown in his race for U.S. Senate.
That’s $12 million of the estimated $40 million used to plaster T.V. and radio airwaves over that past year.
“Karl Rove doesn’t know Ohio as well as he thinks he does, and his brand of politics is discredited,” Senator Brown said this election proved Ohioans can’t be bought.
Both sides benefited from “outside” dollars with $80 million spent collectively, that’s the most in U.S. history.
"What we tried to do last year with the Disclosure Act was to report where the money came from -- it was filibustered by Senate Republicans. I'm hopeful they will see how insidious this is for American politics. I know voters don't care about process, but voters should care when an oil company or a bank can intimidate a member of Congress and he or she might be the next target of those millions of dollars," the Senator explained.
Brown thanked his army of volunteers and all of the people who donated to his campaign. He said his average donation was only $70. But the key to winning this election was the auto bailout.
"The importance of the auto rescue was not only from Chrysler Jeep in Toledo and Youngstown…or the Honda plant in Marysville, Ford in Avon…it's about the entire chain from the waitress across the street to the plastics manufacturer in Akron that makes pieces for the Chevy Cruz...I think the voters get that," he said. One out of every eight Ohio jobs is tied to the auto industry.
When Brown heads back to Washington, he says he will focus on better communication with republicans. He wants the tax cuts on the wealthy to expire, and will not approve raising the age of retirement.