One would think that Mayor William J. Healy would be happy that he defeated Republican Janet Creighton for the mayoralty of Canton in November, 2007 and just move on.
But it appears to the SCPR that he wants to keep Creighton in his political picture for some reason.
The Report was down to the Golden Lodge union hall on Harrison earlier today to take in Healy's formal announcement that he is running for reelection.
One of the Ohio Democrat's big political guns was in town today to endorse Healy in his run. None other than Chris Redfern who is chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.
His speech was a typical chairman-esque speech until he got to the place where he teed off on former Mayor Janet Creighton (R - now county commissioner). Now that was sort of surprising to the SCPR.
Then when Mayor Healy himself went after Creighton in his speech (to be published in its entirely in tomorrow's blog), yours truly got to thinking why all this Creighton bashing. And The Report asked Healy about it. Of course, he denied that Creighton would be a focal point of his race against Councilman-at-Large Bill Smuckler. But then why the gratuitous attack on Creighton?
By the way, The Report talked with Creighton after the Healy meeting and she had two things to say:
First, she did not leave the cupboard bare for the Healy administration (ask Canton auditor employee Gary Young, she says) and, secondly, she is proud of her service in the Bush administration.
Here is the Redfern video from earlier today: