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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, September 30, 2004

    Pomp and circumstances 

    Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart gets his reward Saturday for being the loyal soldier in Good King Alex Arshinkoff's Summit County Republican army. George W. Bush will become the first sitting president to visit Robart's city. The president could, of course, have visited Democratic Akron, home of U.S. Conference of Mayors'
    president, Don Plusquellic. It might have been enlightening to have the president discuss how he might help to improve the nation's economic engines - its larger cities - during a second term.

    Instead, Bush will visit the new natatorium in the Falls, displacing a Senior Expo that had been scheduled and, with the presence of the Falls' Octoberfest celebration, creating logistical problems that would have been minimized at other Summit County sites.

    Once, Cuyahoga Falls was a workingperson's city that would not have warmly embraced a campaigning Republican president. Circumstances have changed. Robart has dominated city politics. Republicans control city council. And Saturday, George W. Bush will recognize by his presence the greatest success story of Arshinkoff, Summit County Republican Party chairman and Bush fundraiser.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:13 AM

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