The rally featured Brown, Clinton and two popular, young TV celebs.
By KATIE LIBECCO
AUSTINTOWN -- This morning's rally to support U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown's bid for U.S. Senate drew more than 1,000 people to Austintown Fitch High School.
The draw could have been the prominent guests sharing the stage in support of the Ohio 13th-district congressman: U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and TV actors Luke Perry of long-running "Beverly Hills 90210" -- an Ohio native, and Adam Brody of the current hit "The O.C."
At 8:30 a.m., there were already hundreds of people gathered around the doors of the auditorium entrance. Some carried signs supporting the person they were there to see, most bearing the name of Sherrod Brown or state Sen. Marc Dann of Liberty, D-32nd, who is running for state attorney general. Others had copies of the former first lady's book "Living History."
Other participants in the rally included state Rep. John Boccieri of East Liverpool, D-61st; U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th; state Rep. Ken Carano of Austintown, D-59th -- a former teacher and debate coach at Fitch; and state Sen. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-33rd."There is nothing wrong with Ohio that can't be fixed by what is right with Ohio," said Boccieri, who is running for the state senate seat being vacated by Hagan.
The C-130 pilot drew on his own experience in Iraq and Afghanistan in his speech, which brought the crowd to its feet several times before he concluded, "I'm John Boccieri, God bless you."
"We will give you a government you can be proud of in Ohio," Dann told the crowd, focusing on claims of corruption in the current state administration.
Clinton and Brown urged the crowd to vote and to encourage others to do the same.
Clinton likened northeast Ohio to the upstate region of her home state of New York, saying both have strong hard-working classes and industrial economies in transition. Brown, she said, would be a "strong ally" in the Senate to help these areas, and the nation, to change their current courses of action.
Perry, originally of Mansfield, noted he's known Brown literally all his life since being delivered by Brown's physician father.
"I'm not here because I'm an actor, I'm here because I'm an Ohioan," Perry said, noting he felt compelled to support Brown to help change the nation.
Noting he had never gone to college, he said he intends to eventually and expects to return to Ohio to do it.
As Brody took the stage, cell phone LCD screens lit up across the room and cameras flashed as the younger faction of the audience cheered.
The stop in Austintown was part of a four-day, 11 college tour for Brown.To view a gallery of photos of the event, click here: http://media.vindy.com/photos/hillary/