A week ago I attended a forum on the role of the county council in the new Cuyahoga County government, and I asked Judy Rawson, a self-proclaimed “framer” of the new county charter if there are any records of the discussions leading up to the drafting of the charter, specifically regarding the role of the county council.? Rawson answered, “There are no written records.”

I asked why.? Rawson said, “because we were all volunteers, and no one thought we were gonna succeed.”? I then ask who the “we” is when Rawson refers to “we” discussed this and that regarding the new charter.? Rawson then lists herself, Marcia Fudge, Harriett Applegate, Eugene Kramer, a “number of mayors”, and calls it a “pretty diverse group”.? Fudge and Applegate both endorsed against the new charter, and instead endorsed competing Issue 5.

I ask again, “there’s no record of the drafting of this charter?”? Rawson answers again, “that’s right.”

Here’s the video.? It should start at the right point when you press play.

  • adrienne

    Good question. No one seems to be able to answer that among many others. Looks like another corrupt system before it even gets started. Completely ridiculous!

  • anastasjoy

    This is shameful horseshit, and Rawson should be ashamed. Neither Marcia Fudge nor Harriet Applegate was involved in the drafting of this charter. They were among the people brought in after the charter was written to (hopefully) provide the window dressing of support from diverse constituencies. Those people were invited to comment on an already-prepared charter; as I understand, most of their suggests were shot down and they were told those points were “non-negotiable.” (As I recall, one was the very high salary of the county executive.) We still need to have a list of the group of people who actually WROTE the charter in private meetings especially since we now have the PD prattling about what the “founders” want or intend, as if this were the framers of the constitution. But we have no idea who they were. Marcia Fudge and Harriet Applegate are not among those responsible. And I suspect the only mayors there may have been Marty “Who Gave Me the Power” Zanotti, and MAYBE Bruce Akers.

  • MarkKeating


    Nobody took notes, nobody passed an attendance sheet, nobody circulated drafts of the charter. Oh, and nobody ran the meeting or was in charge of the process or approved the final version.

    To paraphrase Monty Python: anonymous organizers distributin' petitions is no basis for wielding County executive power.

  • baggeroh

    Hey Tim,
    Who the two guys sitting in front of you, one that turned around to look at you while you were following up and the bald black guy that held his head when you pushed the question?

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