Betras, Humphries exchange barbs over Humphries’ support of Kasich

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Betras has withdrawn his law firm as a member of the chamber, he’s personally resigned from its government affairs council and wrote in the e-mail that the agency “can expect no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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