In an Ohio district that national Democrats are bullish on winning back this year, Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks (D) has won the backing of political action committee EMILY'S List. Brooks is taking on Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R).
"Paula is a common sense, hardworking leader with a commitment to fiscal responsibility," the group's president, Stephanie Schriock, said in a release announcing the endorsement. "As President of the Franklin County Commission, Paula worked tirelessly for her constituents and she will do the same in the House."
With the endorsement comes solid financial backing, giving Brooks the ability to tap into the group's national donor network. EMILY's List is poised to spend more than $40 million on races across the country in 2010.
Part of the optimism for Democrats in Tiberi's district is geography. Franklin County, where Brooks serves as commissioner, makes up a solid portion of the district. Brooks is also on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) "Red to Blue" candidate list, which the committee expanded this week by another 11 candidates.
Since his election in 2000, Tiberi hasn't had to endure a close reelection contest. His lowest reelection margin was two years ago when he defeated Democrat David Robinson with 55 percent of the vote. That was a race many local Ohio Democrats thought was winnable, had Robinson gotten some more attention from the national party.