Congressional candidate ruffles feathers of party leaders

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — To the chagrin of local Democratic Party leaders, their nominee for Congress in southern Ohio’s 2nd District is once again a truck driver who lives with his mother, does little campaigning and doesn’t like politics.

William Smith has won the Democratic nomination in the heavily Republican 2nd Congressional District in two out of the past three elections, only to go on to lose each time.

Despite his aversion to campaigning and relative lack of recognition, Smith continues to get votes. Party leaders suggest Smith’s simple-sounding Anglo-Saxon name is partly to blame along with a mysterious robocall during the 2012 primary.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) that among the perceived problems that Smith’s candidacy seeks to rectify include the downgrading of the middle class and pay-to-play practices in politics.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,