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3 mayors praise governor, criticize opponent



Published: Thu, September 16, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Democratic mayors of three Mahoning Valley communities praised Gov. Ted Strickland, a fellow Democrat, for his assistance to the area during hard economic times, while criticizing John Kasich, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, for what they called his “Wall Street values.”

The Wednesday press conference took place outside Youngstown City Hall on the two-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. With $600 billion in assets, it was the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history.

At the time of the bankruptcy, Kasich was one of about 700 managing directors for Lehman, a major financial services company.

Lehman’s collapse “was part of the trigger to what’s been deemed the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression,” said Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams.

He was joined Wednesday by Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien and McDonald Mayor Glenn Holmes.

Kasich repeatedly has said that to blame him for the collapse of Lehman and the economy is wrong and unfair.

The Youngstown event was among 12 organized by the Ohio Democratic Party on Wednesday to criticize Republicans, particularly Kasich, for his Wall Street ties.

The mayors complimented Strickland for his involvement in helping Mahoning Valley businesses, including V&M Star and the General Motors complex in Lordstown.

As for Kasich, Williams said the Republican “will always stand on the side of Wall Street and big corporations at the expense of everyday Ohioans.”

Kasich’s campaign referred comment on this matter to the Ohio Republican Party.

“Gov. Strickland has embraced the financial services industry throughout his entire term as governor, and Ohioans just aren’t buying his newfound hatred of Wall Street,” said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine. “It’s time to give up these ridiculous tactics and start focusing on what matters to the people of this state, and that’s creating jobs.”


Comments

1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Way to stand up Mayors ! Kasich and his Wall Street ideas. He has stated he'd hire some of these people from Wall Street to straighten Ohio out. They would work for nothing and once Ohio has rebounded they would receive a bonus! But not for Public viewing. Sound familiar!Thanks mayors.

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2faith(200 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Kasick will take us back where we were a few years ago. Ted will win and he should, after 16 years of bad management, we finally have a Governor that gets it! The Republicants are the socialists with their redistribution of wealth - take from the poor and give to the rich.

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3pepe(4 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Vote for new people.

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4walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Strickland is a nice guy that you would want for a friend or neighbor, but he is in over his head. He was swept into office with the entire movement for change but he hasn't accomplished anything. (How's that school-funding issue going?). It's time for a change again. Let Ted go back to the pulpit.

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5venuschild(21 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Vote for ALL new people, all these political ads on TV are expensive lies! Come on people, wake up and smell the coffee, the Dems arent going to do anything for us except mandate we purchase services and tax the hell out of us, and dont count on the Repubs either! Time for a real change!

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6Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Faith
"Kasick will take us back where we were a few years ago"

I had a good paying good "a few years ago" Heck yeah I want to go back.

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7Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

And if the economy was booming I bet all you leaches would love Kasich and his "wall street ideals".

Time to get the Dems out of office, they've done nothing but ruin our economy. Leave it to the Dems to get a good photo-op when things go right, and when they go wrong, run and hide under their safety blanket and point fingers at others.

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8theotherside(332 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I think John Kasich should come clean on the income he earned while a managing partner at Lehman. He wants to hide that information and is ducking it by claiming he is following the law on disclosure. How about following the spirit of the law and disclose instead of only the letter of the law John? Fact is, John Kasich earned a cool $432,000.00 commission from the toxic Lehman investments he sold to Ohio public pension plans in 2008, which caused a loss of $480,000,000.00 (yes, that's millions) from those plans because of the Lehman bankruptcy. What do you have to hide John? Millions in commissions from the sale of those toxic investments? I don't know about anyone else, but I have a little problem with someone who wants to run the state after costing it the losses it suffered because of his influence, and then his refusal to come clean on the money he made as those systems lost that money.

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9candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Vote smart...don't fall for politicians making promises that can never be reached financially.

Today 70% of 18 year olds will have a lower standard of living.

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10Adams(14 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Gadiva ….Thanks for reminding me Lurch. You all know I studied to be a lawyer and I was the worse student in the class. I was even voted “least likely to pass the bar” but we need to keep Ted and Barack and Nancy and Harry for 4 more years. That way they can also socialize the legal profession. I want them to set rates of service at 24.75/hr for every lawyer. No claim over a million dollars and no lawyer can keep more than 10% of the award. That would be great to help all the middle class wouldn't it? After all we need to share the wealth. Maybe we should tax legal services. Ha I'm brilliant!

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11TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

kudos to tos for asking the tough questions

I forgot...the state was in such good shape when taft left.

i guess the nfl's disease of replacing a coach after a year or two has now entered into politics. way to stay the course! have it your way!

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