In this LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO Congressional candidate William Smith provides his opinion of who he believes made mysterious “robo-calls” in the last days of the March primary on his behalf. The “robo-calls” are credited with Smith’s surprise win, but Smith disputes that the calls made a difference. He cites as proof, the tally of votes that were cast before the calls were made.
This is part of the first video interview Smith has granted since he won the Democratic Primary in March. He will face Brad Wenstrup for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing Ohio’s 2nd District - the seat that will be vacated by Jean Schmidt after losing to Wenstrup in her primary election.
Smith, from Waverly, won the primary, beating Indian Hill resident, David Krikorian by 61 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.
Who made the calls, and did they violate federal election laws, is still being investigated by election officials. Smith speculates, but denies any involvement or direct knowledge of who made the calls.
Click here to watch the first installment (Will Voters of Ohio 2nd Congressional District Send William Smith to Washington?) of this in-depth interview with candidate Smith. This first installment of the conversation is about 21-minutes long; Smith talking about his surprise win, why he decided to enter the race, why he is staying in the race despite pressure to get out, and what he feels he has to offer voters in the 2nd Congressional District.
Smith is the “Unknown” candidate that barely a seasoned politician had heard of, and most still don’t know. Democratic party leaders here in Hamilton and Clermont County admitted the morning after Smith’s surprise election win that they did not know him, and in fact never spoken to him. No photos were available for publication. Smith had no campaign site where reporters could go to to gather information.