Ohio Democratic Party Chairman on Rob Portman: ‘He’s polite … not a pain in the ass’

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

The New Republic's Alec MacGillis quizzed Ohio Democratic leaders about rumored Romney VP shortlister Sen. Rob Portman. His find: Portman is well-liked among Democrats in his home state even though they disagree with him on most issues.

The most colorful response came from Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern:

"He's a disciplined right-wing ideologue," Redfern said, emphasizing the modifier. "He's polite. It's easy ... to dislike, say, Newt Gingrich, because he's a pain in the ass. Rob Portman is not a pain in the ass."

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