President Barack Obama came to Ohio for the 17th time since his election. And Wednesday, he appeared before an enthusiastic crowd that included some other Democrats who will be on the fall ballot – among them Congressmembers Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur, who will run against one another in the March primary for the 9th district in northeast Ohio. But one Ohio Democrat who was absent from the president’s visit to Shaker Heights High School was US Senator Sherrod Brown. But Brown, who was in suburban Columbus looking over specially-equipped RVs that will help care for Ohio veterans, said he had his own event today.
Brown, who is a strong ally of Mr. Obama, has taken some heat from Republican critics for not being alongside Obama on his last few visits to Ohio. The most vocal of them is Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel, who will most likely be Brown’s opponent in the race for US Senate this fall.