06/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Case of Jennifer Brunner: Does Ohio Reject Women Candidates?

It seems that the Ohio political establishment doesn't want women in power. We've been talking about how Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was told from the beginning not to run--to stay in her place and wait her turn. But she decided to run anyway--and was even further abandoned and sabotaged by Democratic party leaders.

Now we learn that there was a Republican woman (Ohio State Auditor, Mary Taylor) who considered a run for U.S. Senate as well. She was quickly strong-armed out of the race--but told Brunner not to let the same happen to her.

Jennifer Brunner told us this story last year at Netroots Nation:

Why are Ohio political leaders on both sides of the aisle deliberately keeping women out of higher office? Is this yet another case of the old boys' club saying No Girls Allowed?

And how long will we let these kind of bullying, exclusionary tactics fly? The intimidation against female candidates may occur behind closed doors, but that doesn't mean we can't bring it to the forefront.

This kind of strategic obstruction of women's rise to higher power should not be tolerated or ignored any longer.

Crossposted from Women and Politics.