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Springer talks it up in Boardman

Published: Fri, April 15, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.


Oscar Aslam, 14, of Austintown snaps a photo of himself with TV talk-show host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer during the Mahoning County Dem-ocratic Party Hall of Fame dinner at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman on Thursday. Springer was the guest speaker.

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Talk show host and political figure Jerry Springer was the featured speaker at the Mhoning County Democrat Party Hall of Fame dinner.

Talk show host and political figure Jerry Springer was the featured speaker at the Mhoning County Democrat Party Hall of Fame dinner.

TV show host says country is ‘in the midst of another civil war ... a class war’

By David Skolnick



Jerry Springer, the host of one of TV’s most outrageous talk shows and a former Ohio gubernatorial candidate, says the United States is involved in a civil war.

“One-hundred-and-fifty years ago this week was the beginning of the Civil War,” the former Cincinnati mayor said Thursday during his speech at the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame dinner at Mr. Anthony’s. “I’m here to say I profoundly believe we’re in the midst of another civil war; certainly less violent, obviously, more polite, but just as insidious. The civil war we are involved in is, truthfully, a class war.”

Springer said Republicans in Washington, D.C., want to cut programs for seniors, the poor and the middle class to continue to give tax breaks to the richest 2 percent, including him.

“This war against the middle class — it is so sinister,” Springer said.

Springer, a Democrat, also pointed to Ohio as a place where Republicans have worked to take away the rights of the middle class. He specifically mentioned last month’s passage of Senate Bill 5, the new law that reduces the collective-bargaining rights of public employees.

“They’re trying to screw you,” he said.

In an interview with The Vindicator before the event, Springer said Ohio remains “a critical state” in next year’s presidential election, and that the effort by organized labor, which traditionally backs Democrats, to repeal the new collective-bargaining law should help that political party.

When asked about Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who backed SB 5, Springer said, “We are now paying the price of having elected him.”

Before Springer spoke, county Democratic Chairman David Betras joked that “we won’t tolerate any chair-throwing or fist-fighting and everyone has to keep their clothes on.”

Springer has hosted his own talk show for 20 years. The show is known for its outrageous guests who talk about their dysfunctional lives. Often, guests end up throwing punches or chairs.

Springer has visited the Mahoning Valley often over the years, including hosting the first hall of fame dinner in 2003 and the party’s 2007 Spring Fling. Springer lost the 1982 primary for governor. He considered running for governor in 2002 and 2006.

Those inducted Thursday into the county Democratic Party’s hall of fame were:

Dr. Richard J. Billak, chief executive officer of Community Corrections Association in Youngstown.

Youngstown State University board trustee Harry Meshel, the former Ohio Democratic Party chairman and Ohio Senate leader.

The Rev. Lonnie Simon Sr., retired pastor of Youngstown’s New Bethel Baptist Church and a civil rights activist.

Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court Judge Beth A. Smith, the first female judge in the county.


1outsideobserver(31 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

"On a lighter side - Ambulances were called to the scene after the show ended in a chair throwing match."

Yes but Attorney Betras was there handing out business cards..........

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

“They’re trying to screw you,” Springer said.

No Jerry, SB5 and the Republicans are trying to stop the public employees from screwing the property tax payers, over and over and over.

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3republicanRick(1578 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Why in the world does anyone listen to what Jerry Springer thinks?
He's famous (or infamous) because he's a buffoon and his show highlights the foibles of the low and uneducated class. Why do the Democrats care what his political thoughts are?

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4AugieTx(15 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Seems quite appropriate that the CEO of Community Corrections Association -- aka jail supervisor -- is honored by the Dems. Just sayin' ....

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Jerry Springer is a douchebag ! He likes to provoke the lowest of the low and then profit from it . Jerry sez . . .. How low can you go ? The libs have always taxed the crap out of the working class and told them that it was in their best interest . The liberal leaders don't practice austerity but are sheltering themselves from the tax fallout .

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6spinman(70 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Springer is the best the DEMs can get to represent them. What a joke. .

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7James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe Betras will fill in for Jerry someday...

Or even replace him :^)

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8rumppy(119 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

terryz34, what in world are you speaking of? I am sorry, but is all welfare recipients black? Are they the only people getting ass't? As a white man, I see that we have to blame and put others down as if we are better and different and we are not. Are you one of the 2%ers? What are you? Middle Class, rich ? Which one? You are in no better shape than anyone else. Blame us. We made the laws. Stop looking to put others down when its the likes of us that has the country in this shape.

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9walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I can't wait until the Mahoning County Deocratic Party opens up the Don L. Hanni wing of the Hall of Fame. I can see it now! To enter, you will get in a large automobile and crash through a large aluminum and glass post office door. The walls will be decorated with all the famous and infamous. Traficant, Dann, Philomena, Chance, Kerrigan, Cronin, Bailey, Pope, Fergus, Polovischak, Emrich, Lordi, and more. Of course, their pictures will be on display from the front ... and the side!

And having Jerry Springer speaking at the function is absurd?!?!?

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