Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) has accused her Democratic primary opponent of intimidating donors and officials so as to discourage them from supporting her Senate campaign. To make the point in a recent interview with the Columbus Dispatch, she likened herself to figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) to Kerrigan's infamous rival, Tonya Harding.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Fisher has attracted support from influential Democrats, most notably Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Brunner has accused Fisher and his supporters of heavy-handed tactics to thwart Democrats from endorsing her or contributing money to her campaign.
"If you're running a footrace, you can just run faster and run like the wind because you're better conditioned and you're a better athlete, or you can do the, you know, the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan thing ... have somebody go in and beat 'em up or elbow or kick 'em," Brunner said, a reference to the infamous attack arranged by Harding against Kerrigan before their figure-skating competition at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Fisher denies such allegations, challenging Brunner to provide proof. She replies that people afraid to contribute to her won't admit being intimidated.