Gov. Strickland rallies the Cuyahoga County DemocratsBY JAMES O'MALLEY
Oct. 14, 2010
The recent county corruption cases have sent the Democratic party in a scramble to retain control of the county and the state offices. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Central Committee met at The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Oct. 9 for the purpose of approving the appointment of David Reines as the new county auditor, given the recent resignation and indictment of former auditor Frank Russo. The meeting assumed an added significance due to the presence of Gov. Ted Strickland who attended in a move towards party solidarity.
County Executive candidate Ed Fitzgerald who originally opposed county reform, but was the first to announce his candidacy after it passed-something his opponent Matt Dolan, Republican candidate, has been quick to point out.
Strickland treated Precinct and Ward leaders of the Democratic Party to a keynote address that focused more on attitudes than it did on the issues.
Strickland spent the first half of his speech blaming the state of the economy on policies put into place by the Bush administration and ‘shenanigans on wall street’. He then went on to criticize Fox News.
“These folks don’t want to ever give legitimacy to a Democrat in the White House,” said Strickland. “They’re just mad about it because for a long time they thought the government of the state of Ohio belonged to them, and when that changed it got them a little stirred up”. Strickland then quickly changed the subject to his own race.
“This is a very close race, it will be decided by whether or not we get our people out to vote and every day from now until Nov. 2nd is election day,” said Strickland. He went on to state that this particular election would have a great bearing on the 2012 Presidential election.
“It’s a national battle and one that we have to win.” Strickland concluded his speech by painting an unattractive portrait of his Republican opponent John Kasich.
“My opponent worked on Wall Street, his company went bankrupt, and he walked away with a $400,000 bonus the year they went bankrupt. He had a contract with OSU for $50,000 a year and he worked 4 hours a month and he votes against increasing the minimum wage. I mean, we have a word for that kind of behavior, don’t we?,” said Strickland. This particular statement struck a chord with many in the crowd, as the rising cost of a college education has been a key issue for many Ohioans.
Voters will decide who the next Governor of the state of Ohio will be when the November 2nd election results are counted.
Writer is a member of Democratic party.