Northeast Ohio Democrats believe last year's fight over a Republican-led effort to clamp down on union rights will help Barack Obama reclaim the White House.
agreed in a survey that the Senate Bill 5 fight, which culminated in a decisive victory for union interests in Ohio last year, will galvanize party members and help Obama's re-election fight in this crucial swing state.
Not one Democrat surveyed thought 2011's union fight would hurt Obama or the party in this year's election.
The Senate Bill 5 effort was led by Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rising star who took a major hit after having his signature initiative defeated in November 2011.
Democrats surveyed said Kasich's over-reaching helped organize Democrats, and that much of that organization is ready to fight for Obama.
"The actions of the Governor and certain members of the General Assembly came off as extreme and heavy-handed as was evidenced by the voter reaction," said one influencer surveyed.
One influence said that two groups, teachers and safety force employees, will likely be more engaged and active now after staving off the anti-union initiatives last year.
One influencer suggested that Senate Bill 5 was a precursor to this election's debates over economy inequality.
"Maybe people will realize that they have to vote in order to protect the middle class," the influence said.
What do you think? Do you think the Senate Bill 5 battle will help President Obama?
This is the latest installment of our Red/Bue Ohio series, in which we gather opinion and insight from influential local Democratic and Republican activists, party leaders and elected officials in Northeast Ohio.
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