Ohio Democrats are “fired up and ready to go.”That was the victory cry two years ago; and this fall, they’ve dusted it off and put it to good use in rallies across the state. On Sunday September 26 a number of Ohio Democratic candidates were fired up at a Cincinnati Fight for Ohio Bus tour stop. The line up of Democratic dignitaries included Cincinnati Mayor, Mark Mallory and State Representative, Eric Kearney. Both men promised to sleep outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections Monday night to vote for Ted Strickland first thing Tuesday morning. Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland was present, as were candidates Alicia Reese, Steve Driehaus, Connie Pillich, Yvette McGhee Brown, Kevin Boyce, Tracie Hunter, Liz Ping, Jim Tarbell and more.
The event took place in the parking lot of Jordan’s Crossing, a church owned commercial development in Cincinnati’s predominately African American Bond Hill neighborhood. The United Steelworkers Union grilled hot dogs. The music was bouncy; and except for political banners and a busload of candidates stirring the crowd, it could have been a big family reunion.
The candidate appearances rounded out an afternoon of the kind of volunteer activity that helped put President Barack Obama in office. Volunteers canvassed door to door. They walked the neighborhood generating interest in the Democratic ticket. They encouraged voters to take advantage of Ohio Early Voting and left behind absentee ballot applications.
“Run, tell that!”
The crowd was fired up indeed. They cheered loud and long as the energetic Lieutenant Governor candidate, Yvette McGhee Brown, made “Run, tell that,” a Democratic victory cry.
Run tell that? That’s sort of a verbal “two snaps up” courtesy of African American culture. If you’re on a forwarding list for must-see videos, you may have heard “Run, tell that” from Antoine, a quirky Youtube viral video icon. Lieutenant Governor candidate, Yvette McGhee Brown, says she learned the expression from a Southern relative. Whatever the origin of “Run, tell that,” Ohio Democrats have now laid claim to that expression and Yvette McGhee Brown used it effectively to rally the crowd.
“We heard on Friday, Ohio’s unemployment decreased for the fifth straight month,” McGhee Brown said. “Go run tell that!” The crowd cheered. “In case you didn’t hear it…. Ohio has the sixth fastest growing economy in the country. Go run tell that!” “….I think you might not know, Ohio is the number 1 state for business in the Midwest and ninth in the country. Go run tell that!” “The experts have rated Ohio’s education system fifth best in the country. Go run tell that.”
The crowd cheered when she said, “….Take America back from whom? This is our country too.” As she left the platform, the energy swelled and the crowd chanted “Run, tell that! Run, tell that! Run, tell that!”
“Republicans peaked in August.”
“Run, tell that” is definitely not Governor speak, but in trying his hand at using the expression a time or two, Governor John Strickland proved he would go the distance to woo Ohio’s African American Voters. Yvette McGhee Brown introduced him, saying they weren’t coming to Ohioans with “empty promises and slogans.”
Strickland continued the momentum, talking about the two days until Early Voting and 30 days to find supporters and get them out to vote. He hugged Driehaus and told the crowd “We need him in Washington. You go tell that!”
The Governor spoke of the surprise coming. “Republicans peaked in August.”
Fight for Ohio Bus Tour Rally September 26, 2010