HANOVERTON - FOX News analyst Dick Morris tolled the bell for Democratic control of Congress Saturday, predicting at least 30 races, including the one for the Sixth District, could make the difference for Republicans this fall.
"I think that in Ohio, I think the Republicans have an excellent chance to pick up six seats," he said.
In fact, he predicted the Republicans wouldn't just win both the House and Senate, but capture the House with room to spare.
Dick Morris, a political strategist who once served as an advisor to Bill Clinton, explains how he thinks the fall election will dramatically change the face of government with Republicans regaining control. Behind him are (from left) Sixth District congressional candidate Bill Johnson, of Poland, 18th District congressional candidate Bob Gibbs and Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman David Johnson, along with the backdrop of the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton during an event Saturday. (Photo by Mary Ann Greier)
"I'm seeing an enormous Republican tide going on," he told a crowd gathered in front of the historic Spread Eagle Tavern.
Morris shared his thoughts with the GOP faithful during an appearance in Hanoverton which served as a fundraising event for Republican congressional candidates Bill Johnson in the Sixth District, Bob Gibbs in the 18th District and Tom Ganley in the 13th District.
All three men are challenging incumbents who were among the wave of Democrats who took over Capitol Hill in 2007. This time, though, Morris predicted the wave will go the other way.
Bill Johnson, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Poland, will face U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, who represents 12 counties along the Ohio River, including Columbiana County and part of Mahoning County, in the Sixth District.
Gibbs, an Ohio state senator from Holmes County, is up against U.S. Rep. Zach Space in the 18th District, which covers parts or all of 16 counties in the southern and eastern part of Ohio.
Ganley, the president and CEO of the Ganley Automotive Group in Cleveland, is facing Betty Sutton in the 13th District, sometimes referred to as the Turnpike district, encompassing parts of Lorain, Medina, Cuyahoga and Summit counties.
The event was planned by Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine, Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman David Johnson, whose family owns the Spread Eagle Tavern, and fellow county GOP chairmen Mark Munroe of Mahoning, Alex Arshinkoff of Summit, Rob Frost of Cuyahoga, and Jim Smail of Wayne.
Besides the free rally in front of the Spread Eagle, attendees could pay to attend a reception at Hanover House on Plymouth Street or a private roundtable and VIP reception at the Spread Eagle Tavern which included photo and book signing opportunities with Morris, author of "2010 Take Back America."
He said there's no such thing as a conservative Democrat anymore, pointing to the fact that every time the Nancy Pelosi-led Congress needs the votes, they get them. He also commented on the Blue Dogs, the group of congressmen who consider themselves to be conservatives, including Wilson, noting there's no such thing as a blue dog.
"They're all yellow," he said.
He explained that people don't want government to grow the way it's growing, with higher taxes and a higher deficit. The stakes are high and according to Morris, people are catching on to what the Democrats have been doing.
"People are concerned about the economy," David Johnson said, explaining the races will come down to pocket book issues.
He said their polling shows Wilson and Bill Johnson neck and neck in the race for the Sixth District. He was pleased to have someone like Morris campaigning in Ohio for the GOP.
"The people are angry, they're paying attention and they're ready to throw the bums out and that's exactly what's going to happen in November," Munroe said.
Bill Johnson, Gibbs and Jim Graham, whos' running for the 17th District House seat, all spoke briefly. Graham said people are ready for a change for the better.