Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras wrote a letter to the editor in today’s Boardman News in response to attacks by the Chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party (because the Mahoning County Republican Party apparently doesn’t exist.)

Apparently, the editor of the paper felt that Betras was ignoring an “elephant in the room” so he decided to add this “special” comment at the end of Betras’ letter:


Yes, what kind of message does it send to have the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee come into our community, with children present, and speak at an overpriced rubber chicken dinner?

Won’t someone think of the children?

You can reach the editor of the Boardman News at:

Phone: (330) 758-6397

Fax: (330) 758- 2658

Or at: 8302 Southern Blvd., Suite 2A, Boardman, Ohio 44512

Incidentally, Chairman Frank helped raise a reported $75,000 for the Mahoning County Democratic Party at the Dinner last Friday.

What kind of message does that send?

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  • mvirenicus

    Wow. Gotta love this state. I wonder where this idgit went to school.

    OH — IO
    Mississippi of the midwest!

  • No

    What a lout. Being gay has about as much to do with financial aptitude as having brown hair indicates how well you can swim. It’s not like it would affect his ability to do his job, as would, oh, for example, a crippling level of bigotry would hinder you in, say, being a newspaper editor.

  • Heathrobinsonfolk

    I can’t wait to see what kind of job this soon-to-be-jobless “editor” will be able to find.

  • It sends the message that the chairman of the Columbiana County GOP is wildly out of touch with reality. Sadly, I doubt he is far out of touch with his electorate. I love our state, but parts of it really need to join us the 21st century.

  • Jaladah3895

    Is the Chair of the Republican party claiming gay members of his own party, say like the daughter of the former Vice President of the United States? The reason people of color, women, and any other disenfranchised groups of people vote Democrat was proven by Mr. Johnson's comments. It's 2010 Rs! Oh, for the record, we didn't have rubber chicken. My steak was wonderful!

    Jaladah Aslam,
    Vice Chair of Labor
    Mahoning County Democratic Party

  • Modern, I'd have to second Jaladah's comment. I was there and the filet mignon was excellent. One thing about Youngstown political events: the food is always excellent. People in Y-town aren't going to spend $500 a head without getting some serious food in exchange. If only the rest of the state could follow the Valley's example on this!

  • Anthony C

    To say the Republican Party of Mahoning County doesn’t exist is like saying the Democratic Party of Mahoning County has yet to field a slate of candidates where at least one of them has not been indicted for something. The one thing I can say for the Republicans of Mahoning County is our officials are not sitting in jail. Things have not changed since 1997, only the players.

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