Saturday, August 9, 2008
DISCUSSION: THE EDWARDS AND DANN "FALL FROM GRACE" RELEVANT TO STARK COUNTY POLITICS?
Readers of the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) will recall that The Report was first on board when Canton attorney Allen Schulman decided he wanted to be Canton City Council president.
Schulman is a very talented local trial attorney who The Report believes has the intellectual wherewithal and political clout to help Mayor Healy get Canton moving in a positive economic direction.
But with the passage of time and no reported earth moving contributions by Schulman on council, The Report is beginning to wonder if Schulman is deflected from the primary task at hand by being mired in state and national politics.
At first glance, The Report did not see the breaking news of yesterday of former presidential candidate John Edwards problems as being particularly relevant to Stark County politics.
But on second consideration, The Report does see a local connection. And, the Edwards' factor is not the only one. The other that stands out is the Marc Dann tumble from power.
What is the connection?
It is this.
Canton City Council president Allen Schulman was a big campaign contribution supporter of both. In the case of Edwards, Schulman actually hosted local events supporting his candidacy.
The point for consideration is this. Obviously, one would think, Schulman would like to do take backs on both. Because it does make one ponder on Schulman's ability to make sound political judgments. Doesn't it?
What do you think? Is Schulman's political judgment suspect. Or, is he like most politically involved people, sometimes you get it right; sometimes you miss the mark? But is Schulman, consequently, diverted from his primary task of getting Canton headed in a positive economic direction?
Posted by Martin Olson at 10:15 AM