As is the case with just about any lawyer who runs for office, an effort is made to confuse representation of a particular client by that lawyer–or that lawyer’s firm–with a political endorsement of some kind. This is silly when one considers the various duties of representation a lawyer or his/her law firm may have, but desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess. If all Rob Portman’s opponents have on Rob Portman is that the very large law firm of which he is a part are representing the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in a trade dispute, then Portman ought to skate to victory easily if there is any justice in the world.
Kevin Holtsberry is properly scornful of this line of attack:
. . . Here is my question for the lefties pushing this story: Do you really want to follow this path?
Are you saying that if you work for a firm then any and all cases handled by that firm reflect on you? That this guilt by association should be equally applied to Democratic elected officials and candidates? Are you saying, for example, that anyone Barack Obama worked with or whose issues his firm supported are fair game? Joe Biden? Hillary Clinton? You get the idea.
No, I am pretty sure this is in fact a giant case of hypocrisy. Given that there are a great many law firms and companies that handle cases that cross ideological and party affiliation. Lobbying, consulting and law firms in particular often represent a wide variety of clients and issues; some who are likely on different sides of any given issue.
No one who has experience in government and the law is going to buy the argument that what a large law firm does is reflective of everyone who works there. Heck, lawyers don’t even agree with their individual clients all the time. This is how the legal system works.
No, what is really going on here is that Democrats are afraid the Rob Portman is exactly the type of center-right experienced and appealing politician that Ohio voters support. They know there is no real scandal in his squeaky clean background and they can feel the political ground shifting under their feet.
So they are simply throwing whatever slime they can find at him in hopes that some of it sticks. Portman = Bush must not have been working so now they are trying to find some other distraction.