By Marc Kovac
The head of the Mahoning County Democratic Party is among a group of Democrats going on the offensive to defend Presi-dent Barack Obama’s record.
Dave Betras has signed on to be part of the Obama campaign’s new “Truth Team,” working to counter any false assertions they believe are being made by Republicans challenging the president.
“I feel very loyal to President Obama, and I want him to know that I have his back, and the whole infrastructure of the Mahoning Valley has his back,” Betras said during a press conference in Columbus on Monday.
Betras joins about 20 Democrats statewide in the effort. Others on the list include Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, former Congressmen John Boccieri and Zack Space and Dave Green, president of UAW Local 1714 at General Motors Lordstown plant.
Those involved will be touting Obama’s accomplishments in addition to responding to ads from Republicans hoping to unseat the president. Information is available online at www.barackobama.com/truthteam.
For Betras, that likely includes telling voters about Obama’s role in ensuring the Lordstown General Motors plant remained open for business.
“That’s not rhetoric; that’s reality,” he said. “And the reality of it is that the Mahoning Valley has been on its knees and just clawing its way up for 30 years out of a huge job loss. [It’s] finally been given a hand up and a hand out by President Obama. For that reason and that reason alone, the people of the Mahoning Valley should rally around President Obama.”