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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, August 25, 2004

    Mr. Mayor, where did you say that pass is from? 

    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,
    told David Skolnick of the Youngstown Vindicator.

    McKelvey and the president have been playing nicey-nicey for some time. Bush even played
    his own version of "Guess who's coming to dinner?" recently, inviting McKelvey
    to the White House.

    Among the reasons McKelvey gave for his decision is that the Democrats have failed to
    deliver the economic beef to the Mahoning Valley. ``We don't even get the bun,'' McKelvey said.

    The eighth largest city in Ohio, Youngstown has the state's highest unemployment. Yet among the attributes McKelvey finds appealing about the president is his economic policy.

    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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