The Cuyahoga County Executive race, once expected to be a very high profile campaign, is almost a footnote to tomorrow night’s result. I think it’s chief effect will be to bring out Republicans and independents who vote for Ken Lanci and Matt Dolan, and perhaps some disaffected Dems who end up voting for Lanci. Those Lanci voters might also split their ticket and vote for Ted, though, so that’s good news.
I decided a long time ago to vote for Tim McCormack. First, you have to give this guy a ton of credit for getting enough signatures, over 4,000, to […]Full Story... →
PD reports the FBI is investigating the hiring of Bill Mason crony Strongsville councilman Pat Coyne at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office.
The FBI is investigating whether Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason forced the county coroner to hire a political ally, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Bob Reid confirmed the investigation Friday in response to a Plain Dealer editorial urging his office to take action. Reid declined to comment beyond saying his office has consulted with the FBI.
We have passed the Scene Magazine deadline, which reported in September that Mason would resign in mid-October and face […]Full Story... →
I’m sure Susan Goldberg judges her 3 years as editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to be triumphantly crowned in glistening gold, engraved with her name, for her newspaper’s role in passing Issue 6 in the fall of 2009. A fine feather in that cap, indeed, which I’m sure Susan relentlessly sold in her job interview to become an editor at Bloomberg.
The rest of us won’t really know how much metro editor Chris Quinn’s relationship with Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason resulted in the PD’s complete ignorance of Mason writing his job into perpetuity as the sole remaining […]Full Story... →
Either somebody is having a blast playing us all for suckers, or….something.
We reported on an imminent resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason in January. Despite epic blog traffic for weeks and hundreds of people searching some combination of “bill mason” and “resignation”, nothing happened. Last week, Scene Magazine in Cleveland reported with near gospel certainty that Mason would resign by the second week in October, then face federal charges. We’re closing in on the first week of October.
Mason is the last remaining pillar of the old machine in Cuyahoga County. In a PD op-ed, a […]Full Story... →
Scene is reporting that sources tell them Mason is about to resign over involvement in the federal corruption investigation.
according to sources with close ties to county politics. Mason is expected to resign by the second week of October, the sources say. Federal charges against him are expected within the next two months.
“There’s a reason why they’re not included [in the federal indictments] at this point,” says one of the sources, who spoke with Scene on condition of anonymity. “They’re collecting more information.”
ResignationPalooza is back on! You’ll recall that we at Plunderbund reported an imminent Mason resignation […]Full Story... →
This is how revolting the Cuyahoga County Democratic party has become. Bridget McCafferty, who this party has promoted endlessly up the chain because of her Irishness, who has presided over a courtroom for an entire 3 terms, was sitting today in HANDCUFFS, before another judge, and still, incredibly, DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO ENTER A PLEA.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty, in a red suit, arrived in the courtroom in handcuffs.
She had several spirited discussions with her attorney, Henry Hilow, because she did not want to simply answer “yes” or “no” to the standard […]Full Story... →
Two years later, almost to the day, another swarm of FBI cars goes on a tour of Cuyahoga County, this time picking up perps instead of documents. Much has been written about Jimmy Dimora & Frank Russo. Not much about Judges Bridget McCafferty or Steven Terry. However, McCafferty may become the key to what’s left of this case, and my money is on this lady singing like a bird.
McCafferty got her start working with former Ohio state senator Pat Sweeney, who is now a professor at CSU and a lobbyist. Sweeney was McCafferty’s chief backer early […]Full Story... →
Is it time to start ResignationPalooza all over again? Whatever the case, it’s long past time for a little update on all the Bill Mason resignation rumors.
Since ResignationPalooza hit the fan way back in January, I’ve lost count of the people who have come up to me to ask WTF. Some folks think Plunderbund started the rumors out of whole cloth…nope. In all cases, people have confirmed that the rumors were out there well before we posted them here at Plunderbund. We just made the rumors public, which in turn sent everyone into a tizzy.
In the […]Full Story... →
Ok, this is finally bloggable.? After our very own ResignationPalooza a while back, people were wondering what the hell happened….why didn’t Bill Mason resign?? Who knows.? But this weekend, there appears to be some blood in the water, and the sharks are circling.
WOIO Channel 19 ran a two part series in the 6pm news slot on patronage in Bill Mason’s office yesterday, and today (which isn’t online yet).? We’re hearing that a few more stories are about to drop, perhaps a big one in the Sunday PD.? We’re staying tuned, so should you!Full Story... →