As everyone in Cuyahoga County politics knows, The Lancer, the legendary African American community hot spot in Cleveland for decades, burned down recently. ?George Dixon is re-opening The Lancer in a space across the street with a big event tomorrow, and Jennifer Brunner will be a guest of honor. ?I’ll be attending.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

7804 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

This event is filled with symbolism. ?The Lancer has been at the center of African American politics in Cleveland for decades. ?Its destruction was mourned throughout the state. ?That George Dixon is making a herculean effort to re-open this quickly says a lot about the resilience of this city and the black community in Cleveland.

Jennifer Brunner is a hero among African Americans in Cleveland for her work as Secretary of State. ?No segment of the Democratic Party more appreciates her efforts to clean up Ohio elections, and specifically Cuyahoga County elections, than Cleveland’s black community. ?Brunner is well on her way to locking up this segment of the Cuyahoga County Democratic primary electorate.

That Lee Fisher will not be at this event, in his home county, at a location which he likely passes almost daily on his way home to Shaker Hts., says a great deal about Lee Fisher’s campaign. ?The black community in Cleveland has a long memory, especially within the Democratic Party. ?To this day, you will hear people repeat their shock at watching Bill Mason and Pat O’Malley shout down Stephanie Tubbs Jones at the ODP chair election in December, 2005. ?That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Lee Fisher is tied to all of that, not just through his endorsement of Issue 6 last fall, taking sides with Bill Mason against practically every black elected official in Cuyahoga County, but through Lee’s own relationship with ODP, the perception that Lee is an ODP darling, and the reality that Lee Fisher’s career is defined by disengagement with his own home county Democratic Party.

Hope to see you there.

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