Governor Ted Strickland today announced his pick of Yvette McGee Brown as his running mate for lieutenant governor, replacing Lee Fisher, who’s running for U.S. Senate.

Ohio Republican Party chair Kevin DeWine wasted no time revealing either his ignorance or deliberate duplicity (you decide): “He’s had nearly a year to make this selection, and the best he could come up with in the face of an unprecedented fiscal emergency is a social worker with no experience in public finance or state government,” said DeWhiner-in-chief at GOP headquarters.

Well, not exactly. Brown, a lifelong Columbus resident, is an attorney and former Franklin County common pleas judge where she served in the domestic relations and juvenile divisions. She is founding and current president of the nonprofit Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A bio posted at Columbus’ TV 10 News site adds, “In her role at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, she leads a team of 400 child abuse, medical, and behavioral health professionals that in just five short years has become a national model for integration of multi-disciplinary services.

It also notes, “She serves on the boards of Ohio University, the Ohio State University Medical Center, the Columbus Academy and the Community Shelter Board. She also serves on the boards of M/I Homes, Inc. and Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio.”

She isn’t, as far as I can tell, a social worker (as if that were a bad thing.) Apparently, DeWine just doesn’t like the fact that she seems to have dedicated much of her life to making other peoples’ lives better — especially kids. It’s also an oblique way of suggesting that she’s maybe just a bit too female to handle a tough job.

If anything, she sounds overqualified for the job, especially compared to Republican candidate John Kasich’s choice of Ohio state auditor Mary Taylor, an Akron CPA who has shown a tendency to use her office to single out Democratic officials.

But let’s look at Kevin DeWine’s own impressive résumé, shall we? With a B.S. (good degree for him!) in business from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Wright State, he toiled in middle management at the Dayton Light and Power Company before becoming a state legislator in 2000. He moved up from deputy chair to chair of the ORP in early 2009. And … that’s pretty much it. Kev, here’s a tip: Disagree with peoples’ policies all you like, but when you demean a record as stellar as Brown’s in this manner, you sound like a raging sexist boor. — Anastasia Pantsios

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