Democrats have accused the Republican candidate for state auditor of conducting a poll with a racially motivated question intended to point out that her opponent is black. The telephone poll on behalf of Republican state Rep. Mary Taylor asks a series of questions about the voting record of Democratic state Rep. Barbara Sykes of Akron. Another question asks voters for their opinion of Sykes being president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.
Shady politics? You be the judge:
"Our candidates would not engage and have not engaged in race-baiting, and it is disingenuous for Democrats to suggest otherwise," said party spokesman John McClelland, who pointed out that the GOP's candidate for governor, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, is black.
It will be interesting to see just how many White Republicans vote for Blackwell after pointing out how Black he is.