News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




How far is too far in tracking candidates' private lives?
Ohio Congressman Renacci says Democrats have crossed that line
Story by JASEN SOKOL AND M.L. SCHULTZE
This story is part of a special series.


 
Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci has been targeted by campaign trackers who have posted video of his house and businesses.
Courtesy of Chris Wallis
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Political campaigns have used trackers to record opposing candidates for years. But one Ohio congressman says people tracking him have gone too far.  And one from the opposite end of the political spectrum says he’s right. WKSU’S M.L. Schultze has more.

SCHULTZE on campaign tracking

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:46)


Videos of Congressman Jim Renacci’s Wadsworth home and businesses can be seen on a YouTube page called “O-H 16 Raw Footage”along with recordings of his campaign stops and appearances in the media.

Renacci’s Chief of Staff James Slepian says the congressman is used to trackers showing up at events, but showing up outside his house has no place in the campaign.

“The only word that comes to mind is creepy. It creates a bit of an alarm and a security concern when you have strangers outside of your home it’s obviously upsetting to the neighbors and now that his family’s aware that this is going on, it’s upsetting to them as well.”

DCCC response: 'Quit hiding'
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s website includes a link to the controversial videos. It’s statement in response to Renacci’s complaint  doesn’t exactly address the practice. Instead, it condemns House Republicans like Renacci who “have spent this entire Congress trying to hide that they’re protecting benefits for millionaires and perks for themselves instead of protecting the middle class.”

Not all Democrats think alike
But one Northeast Ohio Democrat differs with the committee.  Outgoing Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich also disagrees with Jim Renacci on everything from healthcare to the stimulus. But in his statement, Kucinich says he’s written to the chairs of both the Democratic and Republican national committees to protest the tapings.

He says, “I hope we can all agree that no candidate should have to give up the right to his or her safety at home or the safety of family.”

And finally, there’s a statement from Betty Sutton, the Democratic incumbent whose district has been merged with Renacci’s and who’s running against him in the fall. She says she hopes trackers will respect the personal privacy of Renacci and other candidates so the focus can remain on the issues.

 


Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University