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Betras, Humphries exchange barbs over Humphries’ support of Kasich

Published: Fri, October 8, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m.

The Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman calls the head of the area’s chamber of commerce “an ungrateful hypocrite” for co-hosting a fundraising event for John Kasich, the Republican candidate for governor.

“To be frank, take your precious chamber and shove it up your commerce,” Democratic Chairman David Betras wrote in an email to Tom Humphries, president of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

Betras has withdrawn his law firm as a member of the chamber, he’s personally resigned from its government affairs council and wrote in the e-mail that the agency “can expect no support from the local Democratic Party as long as I am the chairman and [Humphries is] the head of the chamber.”

Humphries said the e-mail fits with Betras’ personality of “shoot first and then aim.”

Humphries said he’s had issues with the administration of Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.

One of the key problems, Humphries said, is Strickland’s administration refused in 2007 to hire his Warren-based company, Data Voice Systems Review, for a contract with the state’s lottery commission. Humphries said his proposal would have saved the state $5 million, about $3.4 million more than the one selected and Data Voice was the only Ohio company to submit a proposal.

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1DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago


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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago


This isn't cute and unless Strickland can refute that claim of not hiring instate and rebut the alleged savings Humphries is pattering.

Then Strickland needs a story like this to get out about as much as he needs a Dave Betras stressed alignment to be served on valley voters

Here's that hapless chamber committee { read the bios and affiliations },.. http://www.regionalchamber.com/Newsro...

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Does anybody care about anything Betras says? He makes a fool of himself every time he opens his big mouth.

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4lastsamurai(4 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

i agree with 1970mach1....i have the unfortunate pleasure of seeing this "fool" almost everytime im in youngtown. maybe i should go to different venues....i remember the good ole days when the dems were led by hanni-a man head and shoulders above the current "leader".....

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Betras will be long remebered for his fine choice in bringing Barney Frank to The Valley . Dave has long been known for unusual choices . His logic doesn't support the majority in The Valley .

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6borylie(949 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Once again I offer this fact: Without business owners,entrepreneurs,risk takers and investors would you need any workers? Union or non-union? Now granted once you start a business you may need workers,but try being a worker without a business, This isn't what came first the chicken or the egg. Business comes first. This is why business for the most part died in this area and in the state of Ohio. Make it business friendly with fair taxation and non-radical unions and we may get businesses to locate and stay here. Mr. Humphries and Mr. Kasich understand this. Betras is unfortunately only able to see this thru ideological eyes. I wonder if he runs his business or if his employees run his business. Did a secretary hire him and start a law practice or did he start a law business and hire a secretary?

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7faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I commend David for his letter. The Chamber has not made endorsements in 117 years. Kasick wants to "move obstacles out of the way for business". That means he wants to get rid of things like OSHA and safety in the work place. Strip workers of their rights and give more tax breaks to business to move jobs abroad. In the meantime Strickland has focused on brining jobs to this valley. AND ITS WORKING! Our regional chamber should be ashamed. Tom should have sat on the sidelines on this one.

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8faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

borylie; YES you would still need workers! We built this country, literally. We are the #1 consumers. We tried the trickle down theory and it didn't work. Now everyone is taking pay CUTS. How will business survive if no one has $ to spend? We are in a race to the bottom and Kasick will help speed that up, Strickland has stopped the free fall. HELLO?

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9Aware(255 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Humphries is a doofus. I attended a meeting where he was raving about how 'meaningful' state (school) scores are. When I cornered him and questioned his 'numbers', he squirmed. He is big on charts and his own opinions. He is an unpleasant bore and needs to go. Betras is correct in saying that Humphries is the 'face' of the Chamber. Whether or not you are a fan of Betras, he is correct is reacting to this ignorant Chamber rep.

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Betras can lip sync with Strickland all he wants but the fact is there are no jobs being generated beyond a token appearance . We have lost far more jobs than what jobs have been created . ACTION IS NEEDED as the BS isn't very nourishing .

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11Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Ease up on Tom Humpheries. It is his right as an individual to hold a fundraiser for whomever he wants. The people at the Chamber are doing the best they can given the circumstances, and so what if they are Republican leaning. God forbid, we can't have that in Mahoning County, CAN WE?

My oh my, it might be too much to bear. We can't have Republicans in Mahoning County, so at every opportunity lets bash the hell out of them because it serves the interests of the Democratic leadership much more so than the people here. For the Democrats, it is all about keeping power, and they will attack any Republican developments as soon as they can.

It would be like saying just because Bruce Zoldan hosts a fundraiser for any of the numerous Democrats over the years that I would refuse to buy fireworks from him. It is crazy. I may not like it, but Zoldan, as Humpheries, has every right to hold a fundraiser as a private citizen.

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12Progress(58 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Get over yourself Betras.

Seriously???? What a hyprocite. Betras bleats on about these trade deals that cost us jobs but yet rubs elbows and holds fundraisers with Zoldan who imports nothing but chinese goods??

If it wasnt for Humphries and the chamber, the V&M deal wouldnt have happened. They kept the eye on the prize and kept pushing the issue despite Melfi's attempted sabatoge of the project. The chamber has delivered when it has come to development and jobs in the valley, havent seen Betras deliver anything but alot of rhetoric.

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13Adams(14 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Well Wednesday you are correct when you say that Mr. Betras is acting like Pugsley when he is mad. Pugsley always takes his ball and goes home because he doesn’t want to play anymore.
Learch……”You Rang?” Yes old buddy. Do you remember when Mayor Hansen told us this would happen? He said that when Chairman Betras decided to have the party endorse a commissioner candidate as opposed to the sitting commissioner that trouble was ahead. He said this is dealing in macabre for the Democratic Party in the Valley. Now look old buddy there are at least 5 separate parties in the Democratic Party itself!
The Chamber has not made endorsements in 117 years hmmm that’s probably the last time the Dems turned on themselves! This all began when they broke up the party by kicking a sitting elected individual to the curb because he didn’t play the way Betras wanted them him to play. I am brilliant!

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14faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

The chamber gets millions from FOREIGN companies. Now they can use that money to influence our election process cuz the DEMS want to stop this FREE trade. Vote for FAIR trade, vote for Strickland.

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15borylie(949 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Faith,why don't you go out tomorrow and get a bunch of workers and then pay them. No business,just you and your workers and let me know tomorrow night how it worked out for you. GOODBYE!!!

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16candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh, yes indeed there is joy in Mudville.

... The Globe is reporting Kasich is the father of a 2 headed alien baby.

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17ThatsFineWithMe(3 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

This is a non-story. Humphries endorsed Kasich as a private citizen, and has every right to do so. Have we really gotten so ridiculous in this area that we lose sight of that basic right of American citizenry? Betras also has every right to resign from the chamber, a PRIVATE organization, if he is unhappy with it. It is just a shame that union workers do not have that same right when they are unhappy with endorsements made by their leaders.

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18borylie(949 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Thatsfine,well put.

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19Aware(255 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Dump the Hump. A new leader is needed for the Chamber.

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20JaQuanNuby(8 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

The Republican / Tea Party is the adversary of the working middle class people of this country.
Tom Humphrey is a puppet of the Republican Party.
John Kasich is a puppet of Big Business and the Corporate world of Wall Street just like the Chamber of Commerce is. It is the Republicans under Regan/ Bush/Bush who wrecked this country allowing the Corporate heads to dictate what they wanted the Government to do to all the workers by lowering the working man's standard of living while the Rich hoard and monopolize the government policies.
Republicans are anti work and anti middle class.
The Working people- Middle Class/ Democrats are the "Coffee Party" because they have to work everyday just to survive the Republicans beat downs on the working man!
Go Coffee Party rise up against the Teabaggers!

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21Handala(38 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Any clients of Betras law firm NOT a Democrat better pucker up!Hmm?

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