Thursday, April 21, 2011
(VIDEO) LWV FORUM: CICCHINELLI, CATAZARO-PERRY (DEMS); OSER (GOP), VIDEO SHOWS CANDIDATES SQUARING OFF ON HAMPTON INN FINANCING ROLE BY CITY
In a terrific job of reporting earlier today, Matt Rink of The Independent (Hampton Inn becomes political football in mayor's race) deals with a hot button issue between the candidates that should get further treatment at tonight's debate at the Massillon Lincoln-Lions theater which begins at 7:00 PM.
In the video that follows, Mayor Cicchinelli go so steamed up about the issue that he could not contain himself and violated League of Women Voters (League) rules on the "discussion of the issues forum" the League hosted on Monday evening.
Cicchinelli's (Mayor) miscue got moderator Richard Kuhn (a Canton attorney and League official) all worked up. He, several times, admonished the Mayor and tried to stop the Mayor from proceeding. But he was unsuccessful. Cicchinelli, being the bulldog he is, pushed through until he rejoined on the issue.
Cicchinelli was at his finest. He offered a bit of sarcasm in saying: "I have always been against annexation and I will always be against annexation." The fact of the matter is that Cicchinelli has demonstrated that he is the foremost Stark County annexationist. Cicchinelli is even more into annexation that Canton's director of annexation: Sam "Darth Vader to the Townships" Sliman. A week or so, the SCPR talked a little bit with Sliman at a Canton City Council meeting and he indicated to yours truly that he believes Cicchinelli overdoes it in Massillon.
Andrew Oser dealt with a question of whether or not as mayor he would promote the Oser family interest in a long term effort to get property rezoned on the south side of Lincolnway on the east side of the city.
There were a few other issues (e.g. TIFs - tax increment financing, the budget et cetera) discussed as well.
Here is the second of two videos published by the SCPR (the first being the opening statements of the candidates with Candidate Brunckhart's being delivered by his wife).