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Secret Service scours factory, Zoldan home for Biden’s visit

Published: Sun, October 3, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.




Secret Service agents and White House staff are spending a lot of time at Astro Shapes in Struthers and the Canfield home of Bruce and Rori Zoldan, preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s Monday visit to the Mahoning Valley.

The agents and staff arrived Thursday at Astro Shapes in Struthers and at the Zoldans’ house in Canfield on Friday and will be at both places through Monday.

Astro Shapes is where Biden, a Democrat, will speak at a rally from about 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Also at the rally will be Gov. Ted Strickland and Yvette McGee Brown, his lieutenant-governor running mate.

Besides making security checks, a stage is being built and plans are being finalized for the rally, said Bob Cene Jr., co-owner and vice president of the aluminium extrusions company.

The company employs 470 workers, he said.

The presence of Secret Service agents and White House staff isn’t distracting, Cene said.

“It’s no big deal; everyone’s working,” he said.

Biden is making his first visit to the Valley as vice president, campaigning for Democratic candidates on the November ballot. In particular, Biden is here for Strickland’s re-election effort.

The vide president’s first stop Monday is to be at a diner in the Youngstown area.

The original plan was for it to be the Golden Dawn Restaurant on Youngstown’s North Side, but that may change.

A decision by the White House on the diner location could come today.

Also, Biden will attend a fundraiser for Strickland about 5:30 p.m. at the 11,871-square-foot Zoldan home on Sugarbush Drive.

The Zoldans have hosted numerous political fundraisers at their home.

Among those who have visited the Zoldan home for such events are former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

This is the first time the Zoldans have had a sitting vice president — they’ve never had a sitting president — attend an event at their home.

“It’s very exciting,” Zoldan said. “Whether it’s Republicans or Democrats, if I can host somebody in my home of national stature who can help our community, I’m honored to do so.”

About 100 people are expected at the event, Zoldan said.

The goal is to raise $150,000 to $200,000 for Strickland’s campaign, said Michael Morley, a lawyer and former chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party who is co-hosting the event.

The other co-hosts are Atty. David Betras, county Democratic chairman; and Michael Bruno, owner of a major commercial fitness company.

John Haseley, senior adviser to Strickland’s re-election campaign, discussed the fundraiser a few weeks ago with Zoldan and Morley in Columbus.

“It’s huge to have a vice president visit the area,” Morley said. “There have been times where the Democratic Party has been accused of taking the local voters for granted. But this administration has substantively delivered.”


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Wouldn't it be great if that $150,000 to $200,000 were plowed back into our community instead of going to prop up some politician? How many college educations would that buy at YSU? How many meals would that provide for the needy this winter? But it will instead come out of the pockets of valley residents to be spent on attack ads. How sad!

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2joly1584(25 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why not Golden Dawn?

What has this administration(Strickland or Obama) delivered to the Mahoning Valley?

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"But this administration has substantively delivered.”

Thats a joke right??

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4Marjie(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I always like when a politician from Washington comes to visit but it never changes anything for us. Warren in particular is becoming a ghost town. As for the Zoldens you go rich guys! And there are 2 truths in this, all the politicking keeps our country afloat w/the money spent and all this money spent could pay up the deficit.

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Biden and Strickland are hoping that Good old Mike Morley can summon the magic to find a 90,000+ voter majority at the Mahoning County Board of Fixxed Elections.

Would rather see the power brokers in Mahoning County raise that type of money for Ed Port or 24/7 private security for the wild, wild south side.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"Astro Shapes is where Biden, a Democrat, will speak at a rally from about 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. "

This speech should be impressive !

So Joe is at the bottom of the heap ?


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7mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Give Joe a tour of the Southside, Northside, and so on. See what he has to say. Do you think he cares? He, like all politicians, will make promises and nothing will change. All he wants is your vote. If this area is going to change------we have to change it-------not the so called politicians.

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8Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"Why not Golden Dawn?"

Chris Vitello refused to give up his seat which left only three other seats in the bar for the Vice President and his group.

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91970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Working class Morley and Betras are taking Biden to working class Zoldan's house. Why can't they ever find any place else to go other than Zoldan's house?

They should use that $ to tear down some more abandoned houses in Youngstown.

As an aside, do you think Morley, Betras, and Zoldan use tax deductions on their 1040's or do you think they pay the full rate that they are so enthusiastic about?

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10Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Joe Biden = Chauncey Gardiner

An idiot savant, without the savant part. I don't believe Joe is mentally retarded (IQ <70), but he is close. A glaring example of how the electoral process selects out ruthlessness and power junkies over virtue and intellect.

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11Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What's in it for Zoldan? He is a big bucks man. And someone is right..what has the Obama administration done for not only Youngstown but for Mahoning County? What did the Bush administration do for Youngstown? They are all politicians and I will bet most who are involved in this have something to gain personally...even if it is their own ego being inflated. And are we common folks impressed by them or the politician? I certainly am not impressed by either.

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12redvert(2238 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Do you think that the politicians from both parties look at this area and it's politics, the lack of a attempt to clean the place up, and it's lowlife culture that rules the streets and see that any attempt to infuse money into the area would probably be wasted?

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13candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

unlikely to meet the $150k goal...even the rich have been taken out...

poor taste

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14seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

It's all about how it looks for the Dem's, and look how Idiot Joe is rolling in this town: yucking it up with someone who is not representative of the area. This guy owns a house that looks like a space ship, has $ out his a--. Typical of the Dem's to put lipstick on a pig...

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15seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

penguin, why must the left always go back to what was, not what IS? Look at what your boy is doing to this country. Hindsight is 20/20, but in the Dem's case, it's from a small peep hole in their rears. Focus on the destruction your boys regime is doing and what they will continue to try to do. The people (at least the intelligent ones) have realized the error in their ways and your money spending pompous goofs are soon to get bounced out of the White House. And please, cut the grass and pick up the trash before you leave...

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16Billybob21(96 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

All the republicans do are bad mouth the democrats. You don;t here them talk of how they would do anything different other then send are jobs overseas. If we don't vote for strickland we will lose more jobs. Just what this state needs. Vote for jobs vote strickland

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