Thursday, December 25, 2008
1ST ANNUAL "LUMP OF COAL" AWARDS
In the spirit of bipartisanship, the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) makes two awards for Christmas, 2008.
First on tap is Stark County Democratic Party chair Johnnie A. Maier, Jr. for the following reasons:
Maier failed to field a Democratic candidate against Republican Scott Oelslager in the 51st House District.
Maier did field a candidate for the 50th Ohio House District but chose personal political loyalist Celeste DeHoff (who he had to know could not win). He not only supported DeHoff . He went out and helped her raise over $200,000 and brought leading state Democrats (e.g. Strickland, Brown, Cordray, Glenn) to Stark County to campaign on her behalf and made robo calls for her.
What he didn't do was get Lawrence Township trustee Michael Stevens to wholeheartedly support DeHoff after he narrowly lost the Democratic primary to her.
Maier has always made a big deal out of being a political realist. But it must be that everyone has their exceptions.
Sad thing for Democrats is that this was a winnable "open seat" with the right candidate.
Second up, John P. Hagan (Republican - Marlboro).
Senate Bill 221 is this politician's legacy. The bill that was suppost to protect electric users from gigantic increases.
SB 221 was a monumental failure and consequently many Stark Countians have a 52% (residential users), 62% (commercial and industrial users) American Electric Power (AEP)/Ohio Power increase in electric rates on the table.
On the other hand, Hagan opposes a proposal by Commissioner Todd Boxley to impose the Stark County sales/use tax by 1/4% to fix 9-1-1 deficiencies and to provide county revenues to match 2007 levels.
It is truly astounding that John Hagan had the temerity to run for county commissioner (after being term limited out of the Ohio House - 50th) with a track record like this.
Posted by Martin Olson at 6:00 AM