Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Youngstown embraces weird, maverick politicos. Before he got himself sent to prison, James A. Traficant represented the area in Congress. (We use "represented" in the loosest possible terms.)So it comes as no shock that Youngstown Mayor George M. McKelvey has assumed the Traficant buffoon role and endorsed the re-election of President George W. Bush. This is big news. McKelvey is a lifelong Democrat and says he will remain a donkey. Of that, Ohioblog has no doubt.
``I have a 24-hour pass,'' McKelvey told Joe Gorman of the Warren Tribune Chronicle.
McKelvey said at a press conference that he would spend a day next week at the Republican National Convention, speak if asked, appear in ads with the president and just generally make a total fool of himself and the heavily Democratic Mahoning Valley.
``What an amazing piece of work he is,'' Lisa Antonini, Mahoning County Democratic chairwoman,
McKelvey and the president have been playing nicey-nicey for some time. Bush even played
Among the reasons McKelvey gave for his decision is that the Democrats have failed to
As the Beacon Journal suggested in an editorial, ``the far wiser course for McKelvey would have been to work with (Akron Mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors president Don) Plusquellic to change the course of federal policies.''
- Steve Love
posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 5:41 PM
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