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Crowd boos Aey for criticizing Betras

Published: Thu, June 3, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

Related story: Polivka, Catello hoping to become chairman




The election to lead the Mahoning County Democratic Party is over, but the bitterness still lingers.

But the issue isn’t between Chairman David Betras and Georgiann DeCenzo, whom he handily defeated Wednesday.

It’s between Betras and Ed Aey, who failed in his bid to defeat Kenneth Carano for executive vice chairman.

Aey, of Boardman, devoted much of his nominating speech Wednesday to criticizing Betras for his time in late 2006 as treasurer of Marc Dann’s attorney-general transition account.

Dann and two of his former top officials were found guilty of ethics charges related to illegal expenses from the transition account.

Betras was never charged.

The crowd of Democratic precinct committee members, who voted for the party’s executive offices, booed Aey when he criticized Betras, of Boardman.

“When you run a positive campaign and work to move this party forward, you’re going to win,” Betras said after being re-elected.

“These people rejected the negative campaigning of the Aeys. They’re politically done in this Valley. The politics of personal destruction is over.”

“We’re not over,” Aey said. “I did nothing but tell the truth. I don’t call that negative politics. The Aeys/Ludts aren’t going anywhere.”

Aey’s uncle, David Ludt, a 12-year county commissioner, was defeated in the May Democratic primary by Youngstown Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti, who was endorsed by the county party.

Despite the nasty weather, turnout at Wednesday’s election at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman was strong.

There are about 284 precinct committee members.

Betras beat DeCenzo of Boardman 180 to 64.

Carano of Austintown beat Aey 182 to 59.

Incumbent Secretary John Vivo of Youngstown, who ran as a team with Betras and Carano, beat Beth Stanko of Boardman 186 to 55.

Maurina Hanna of Boardman withdrew as a candidate for secretary and publicly supported Stanko.

Before the election, Betras had said he wouldn’t work with DeCenzo because she challenged him.

But after the results, he said, “I’ll do anything to unite the party.”

DeCenzo said she wanted to work with Betras for the betterment of the party.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years ago

"The politics of personal destruction is over.”

A complete load of crap from Betras. He was poster child of negative campiagn for Marc Dann, and has been against GOP candidates.

"Before the election, Betras had said he wouldn’t work with DeCenzo because she challenged him.

But after the results, he said, “I’ll do anything to unite the party.”

What a tool.

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2PXGhost(51 comments)posted 6 years ago

"The crowd of Democratic precinct committee members, who voted for the party’s executive offices, booed Aey when he criticized Betras, of Boardman."

How dare you Mr. Aey! How dare you expect to exercise your U.S. Constitutional right to free speech! **sarcasm**

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Aey's are not dead... life support, but not dead. It is Mark Hanni and Debbie Taylor who are dead.

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4exposed(66 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Inspector General's report on the Dann investigation says on page 12:

On December 22, 2006, a $6,000 check was written to Feisty Dishes and signed by David Betras, the treasurer of the transition account.

The report went on to detail hundreds of thousands of dollars of spending from this account that Betras was the treasurer of. The report concluded that the logical conclusion is that these expenditures were for the personal benefit of the attorney general, his spouse and friends.

The report documents the abuse.

Was it unfair for Mr. Aey to raise this issue?

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5tkytown(43 comments)posted 6 years ago

Betras is an A-hole and everyone who comes in contact with him knows this, he self serving, arrogant and rude, he's a perfect example of how "things never change in politics" in this valley

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6ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 6 years ago

First of all, Ed Aey was not running against Chairman Betras but rather Vice-Chair Carano. So his statement was out of place and out of line. The FIRST rule of politics is to never attack the person but rather the issue. His issue should have been how, in his addled mind, he would make a better Vice-chair than Carano. Not how many kids he has or what his personal animosities are.
Now, one more thing. A statement was made by one of the candidates that she has not received a copy of the MCDP by-laws or constitution since 1999. At the 2006 meeting at St. Nick's Hall every committee person received a manila envelope with the by-laws and constitution as well as a handbook on their duties. Those not in attendance were mailed this. As we age we forget, or is it that we lie ? I hope it was just a case of memory loss.

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7BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Democratic committeemen that supported Decenzo & Aey need to stay involved, whether Betras try’s to banish them from the Party or not. They need to stay involved with what Betras is doing and hold him accountable, not just during the elections. Hopefully Betras will keep his word when he said he changed his mind about not letting non-Betras supporters stay involved with the Party - we do need to unite!

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8Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago


This headline should have read " Vindy's love fest with Betras "

Via such bias Vindy is / has shown a determination to fastly become / became such a serial joke that it's political perspectives are pathetic.

As an Independent I'm not in favor of sucking up too nor for any party nor playing patsy for any personal profiteer.

Which clearly this is beyond party and clearly a Betras own publication. Which it does a great disservice being the only leaflet being printed in town locally.

It's quiet clear the populous is waking up and recognizing it and no longer being so misinformed and mislead by it.

Where I'm no big fan of Betras nor am I a fond follower of Aey either. But this isn't news it's a partisan smear campaign launched by whats postured as a newspaper?

One has to wonder what directional path their subscription membership numbers are on.

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9valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years ago

Because we live in a one party town, this is sadly news.

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10Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago


You're right,..

I'm no fan of any of them but parity keeps everybody honest.

See the democratic party has been taken over by the Cafaro owned corruption arm and Dave Betras apparently is their posterboy.

Where it's appalling on the bright side surely it's only serving to open the door for non affiliated candidates to enter some of these races and crush them at the polls.

Aside from Tim Ryan they've launched and produced nothing but absolute frauds and failures. Which as an Independent that's not bias it's irrefutable fact.

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11Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago


You're right to a degree,..

But it's not a " One party " town it's a one mob owned town.

See I like many others could care less what political designation a candidate aligns with. I / we just want quality candidates with values we can support.

Where unfortunately neither Independents nor republicans haven't caught on. To the fact that trying to continue merely shuttling in opposite thieves aren't going to derail the corruption cabal.

For her views I saw DeCenzo as a shill candidate and or non competitive at best.

Where as we speak that campaign of corruption that's seized the democrat brand locally. Has a lock on every dime, dollar and every form of deliberation being conducted.

That's got to stop and as a collective body of voters it's " our " duty to change it.

Which means we have to start becoming more like minded in valuing truth and honesty and not being tricked nor fooled by a mere party designation.

To include lastly some of us have to step up and get out of our comfort zones. To run for some of those offices ourselves and not have self serving agenda's to orchestrate for said office[s].

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12AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years ago

Typical Betras, if you don't support me get out of "my" party. I don't understand how people can follow him, let alone do it with a straight face.

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13valleygal(25 comments)posted 6 years ago

Before we can vote for some good candidates, good / talented / educated / competent people have to be willing to step up and run for office. Most people are too busy complaining from the sidelines to want to get involved - and then if they do, they get muscled out by party politics.

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14Billybob21(96 comments)posted 6 years ago

I am glad betras is in there the aey's and ludts are a bunch of liars and i wouldnt trust anyone of them.

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15ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 6 years ago

What could Dicenzo or Aey bring to this valley? The Governor, Obama, respect from the ODP? Whether we like it or not it takes money, lots of money to run campaigns. Two to one, 3/4 of the naysayers do not vote or volunteer in the community. You want change? Look in the mirror.

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16Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 6 years ago

" Whether we like it or not it takes money, lots of money to run campaigns."

Your right LadyDee, and it would be the Cafaro's money, so we all need to do what they tell us right? Go ahead and kiss the ring of the corrupt system, and do what JJ and Anthony tell you to do. The heart and soul of the corrupt Democrat party.

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17redvert(2238 comments)posted 6 years ago

In support of many of the above comments I like to remember the old cliche, "when nothing changes, nothing changes"

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18Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 6 years ago

Wow, I just realized that I inferred they have a soul by using that old cliche, sorry.

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19BeefyOsito(7 comments)posted 6 years ago

I'm fairly new to Youngstown, but I grew up in NYC/Northern New Jersey. It's pretty corrupt there too. I think it's pretty ridiculous to elect a lawyer with bad hair and a unibrow who's female business partner looks like a drag queen.

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20Millie(192 comments)posted 6 years ago

What a tool for a chairman. He announces he is taking all his marbles and going home and will never talk to his challenger. Suddenly after the victory dance he is kissing and making up with his oponent.
If the audience protested during Aye's comments as indicated by Vindy's reporter, perhaps the group did not want to hear anything bad about Betras and especially if it is the truth He will be just like Obama - one smooth talker with no substance.

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21captainlinger(663 comments)posted 6 years ago

Rather than, "Crowd Boos...", maybe the headline should read, "Crowd Booze"!

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22Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago


You're bias ply NUT'S,..

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23m__dogg(12 comments)posted 6 years ago

Betras will be the next Dann associate to go down with disgrace. He has just avoided the initial clean-up process, but he will be in the next wave of allegations. He's good at putting on that fake smile, but the things he has done and said behind closed doors (so he thought) will do him in. There are key people (not Aey) that will not let him get away with his deceitful and dishonest ways. What comes around always goes around, he will get what he deserves, so he better savor his short lived Democratic leadership role, because it will be his last political job before the charges start rolling out.

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24Jake(112 comments)posted 6 years ago

Keep voting the same way, electing the same people, while expecting different results. Way to go, Mahoning Valley.

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