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Thursday, January 15, 2009

DISCUSSION: IS STARK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR JOHNNIE A. MAIER, JR SUPPORTING REPUBLICAN ROSEMARY DIAMOND OVER DEMOCRAT INCUMBENT "BUTCH" KRAUS?

The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) has learned from a Republican source that Stark County Democratic Party chairman Johnnie A. Maier, Jr may be supporting Republican 8th Ward Canton City Council in her bid to re-take the seat from Democrat Karl "Butch" Kraus.

The Report's source did not know what to make of the Maier/Diamond political alliance scuttlebutt going around in the Stark County Republican Political Party, but was furious at the prospect of Diamond carrying the Republican banner on seeing the adjacent graphic showing that Diamond has a record of supporting Democrats - especially the liberal, left-wingish Democrat Dennis Kucinich who is impossible for most Republicans to swallow.

If the information on Maier is correct, you can bet his support of Diamond will not be front and center. Rather, it will be through surrogates while maintaining the perfunctory political pokerface consistent with being the county party chairman.

Apparently, Maier and Kraus are not getting along very wall. That is one thing. But it is quite another that the relationship is such as to generate talk in political circles that the "not getting along" has devolved into opposition: obvious or not.

A Canton Democrat has told The Report that he is not surprised that that there would be difficulty between Kraus and Maier as both are strong-minded individuals. The Democrat source considers himself to be a friend of both Kraus and Maier.

Results from the 2005 race between Kraus and Diamond:

ROSEMARY DIAMOND
1,283 47.41%
KARL A. KRAUS, JR.
1,423 52.59%

Results from the 2003 race:

ROSEMARY DIAMOND                            1,795         55.15%
KARL A. KRAUS, JR. 1,460 44.85
%
This rematch could prove the be the most exciting political contest in all of Stark County. No?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Kraus will lose this time. Many of my neighbors are going to vote him out of office.

Anonymous said...

Rose Diamond is the answere? At least Butch cares and works to help his ward. Rose was there for 12 plus years and nothing ever got done.

Anonymous said...

Rosemary got PLENTY done. Check the record. Kraus hasn't introduced anything. Those donations to dems were made by her boss, liberal democrat attorney Allen Schulman. She was his personal assistant and her name was on the checking account.

Anonymous said...

1996, 1997, 1997. With the exception of 2004 (5 years ago), all of these are more than a decade ago and hefty political donations for any council person to be donating. What significance, if any, can be drawn from this?