When Donald Trump flew into Akron-Canton Airport the other night, it was an elite in-and-out milk stop for a $25,000-a- head fund raiser at Brookside Country Club. The private event was hosted by Jane and Tim Timken, the iconic Republican industrialist family whose powerful name represents a company town called Canton.
I found it quite a challenge to get more details than that, although I did learn that two of the names on the small guest list were former First Energy commanding officer Tony Alexander and Summit County Republican executive committee chairman Bryan Williams. After repeated calls to Stark County Republican chairman Jeff Matthews were not returned (the new normal for the GOP?), I did manage to talk to Wayne Darlington at the Summit County party headquarters.
He insisted that Williams’ name in the mix did not in any way reflect the local party’s endorsement of Trump.
“We don’t endorse,” Darlington said.
I could understand his defense. But in the many decades that I have known Alex Arshinkoff as the party’s megaphone, that was also said to be true, with one caveat: Arshinkoff never hesitated to get involved in primary contests, and since he WAS the party who ruled by dollars and fiats, it served as a party endorsement.
So I’ll leave it that. Trump came in and swiftly went out.
Re the Republican nominee’s visit, it reminded me of Warren Buffett’s secret of success: “One’s objective should be to get it right, get it quick, and get it over…your problem won’t improve with age.”