CANDIDATE MUNGO ACCUSED OF DISSING AULTMAN HOSPTIAL
MUNGO & SMITH
CHANGES TO BE MADE IN COUNTY GOV'T
USING THE "BULLY PULPIT" TO EFFECT CHANGE
This blog is the sixth in a video-based series so that Stark Countians can get know the Republican candidates (recorded February 17th) for Stark County commissioner for the position vacated by "independent" Thomas Bernabei (12/31/2015) on his being elected mayor of Canton.
The SCPR wanted to do the same for Democrats but it proved problematic getting in contact with candidates Ferguson and Slesnick. Slesnick for sure is out right avoiding the SCPR.
The Report has interviewed Canton Ward 5 councilman Kevin Fisher (LINK).
Up until yesterday, it appeared to the SCPR that his campaign was more or less a "love-in" of sorts in that the candidates as seemingly are, confirmed by the video session of the 17th, highly respectful of one another. (Note: see links to previous five videos below)
However, yesterday in a conversation with a person, whom the SCPR views as being highly credible, shared with The Report an incident in which the source claims that after a joint appearance of Candidates Mungo and Smith at a Stark GOP women's organization event in February, Candidate Mungo in a chit-chat with the attendees on medical matters (Mungo is a prominent Alliance area orthopedic surgeon) expressed the opinion that Aultman Hospital is a terrible hospital.
The Report contacted Mungo and he responded to the allegation with these words:
Dave Mungo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Today at 6:39 AM
To: Martin Olson
That is ridiculous.
I may have talked about how I think alliance [sic] does a great job at some things compared to others.
I will have a discussion on healthcare if you want.
I chose to have Aultcare insurance and my wife and I chose to have her get a recent surgery at Aultman.
We had a choice also.
I also know there were some good friends of Bill's at that meeting too. This sounds like a very peculiar statement that is not accurate.
An interesting divergence of perspective, no?
To reinforce the SCPR's take on the apparent relationship between Smith and Mungo take a look at the following video of their February 17th interview on the posed questions:
- Changes that they might bring to Stark County government if elected commissioner, and
- The role of the "bully pulpit" in county governance,
Yours truly does not whom to believe on the matter.
The Report's source—to repeat—has always been right on the mark in terms of credibility.
On the other hand, Candidate Mungo has given no indication of going ugly like the dissing of Aultman suggests.
As a SCPR sidenote, The Report URGES readers to avail themselves of an opportunity to meet with candidates Mungo and Smith together with all other Stark County political subdivision candidates for office in the Republican and Democratic primary elections and, of course, in the November general election by attending a Canton area League of Women Voters candidates forum (LINK) to be held at Downtown Campus (formerly Timken Senior High School) of the newly restructured McKinley Senior High School next Thursday, March 10, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In this particular series, The Report will be publishing in digestible bites the nearly one and one-half hour videotaped interview of February 17th of Republican commissioner candidates Mungo and Smith.
Today's blog focuses on the candidates' responses to the SCPR posed question: Changes to be made in how county government is run and the role of the "bully pulpit" as a tool of governance.
Here are links to prior blogs in this series:
- Candidates' narrative on their backgrounds (LINK),
- Candidates on values/experience (LINK),
- Candidates on the role of private sector in county government (LINK),
- Candidates on their respective motivations in running for county commissioner (LINK),
- Candidates on the part that partisan politics plays in county government (LINK),
First, candidate Mungo's self-published background document:
Next up, candidate Smith's self-published background document:
LINKS TO CANDIDATES' SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE
Candidate Dave Mungo