When I received an email requesting donations for Laura Ellsworth's campaign for Pennsylvania governor, I thought: She's doing a Linda McMahon.
Essentially, what McMahon's strategy had seemed was to create a presence in GOP politics. Before that, she had been the wealthy co-founder of WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut.
A political unknown, McMahon ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in CT. Of course, she lost. But everyone came to know her name.
Currently she heads the U.S. Small Business Administration. The path to public service has many back doors.
A partner at Jones Day's Pittsburgh, PA office, Ellsworth ran as a Republican. Another email came in informing that she was being supported by Carly Fiorina. That, I had a hunch, wasn't a plus. The problem with businesspeople going for public office is that they are used to telling people what to do. A professional politico knows to tell people what they want to hear.
Today, Ellsworth received 18.9% of the vote. The winner Scott Wagner received 43.9%. In between was Paul Mango with 37.2%. That means Wagner goes up against the Democrat Tom Wolf, who ran unopposed. Here is Wagner's platform.
The odds are that Ellsworth will continue to pursue politics, either directly through running in another campaign or indirectly through supporting other candidates.
I first encountered Ellsworth when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance second trial (November 1, 2005 - February 22, 2006). She represented defendant Sherwin-Williams. At the time, the litigation was high profile because corporations feared that lead paint could become The Next Tobacco.
The jury did convict Sherwin-Williams. But, years later, the RI Supreme Court tossed the case. That was a major victory for Jones Day.
However, in California, in a similar lawsuit, Sherwin-Williams can't shake the conviction. The CA Supreme Court even refused to review it. The question is if Jones Day's lawyers can have the U.S. Supreme Court review the conviction. This has been a stunner of a loss for Jones Day.
Reflection: What will we hear will be Ellsworth's next political moves?
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