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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    Good leaders and bad, Northeast Ohio has got 'em 

    Northeast Ohio always has had extremes in political leadership, from the responsible performers by such as U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Navarre) to the laughable former Congressman James Traficant, current jailbird.

    The same holds true in local politics. On Monday the Akron City Council passed a resolution supporting the city playing host in October to the Leadership Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic serves as president.

    The flip side of the accomplished Plusquellic, possible candidate for governor in 2006, is former Brook Park Mayor Tom Coyne. Coyne was sentenced in Rocky River Monday to 10 days in jail as a result of going on a drunk that left him ``passed out
    and lying nearly naked in a North Olmsted driveway,'' reports The Plain Dealer's Michael O'Malley.

    Coyne, who recently returned from 30 days of treatment at the Betty Ford Clinic near Palm Springs, Calif., also was ordered by Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons to attend daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, to which responded: ``I'm probably the only alcoholic in Northeast Ohio who is not anonymous.''

    Not exactly what Dr. Bob had in mind.

    - Steve Love



    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:36 AM



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