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Betras apologizes for text messages to candidate



Published: Tue, February 21, 2012 @ 4:39 p.m.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras mocked a county commissioner candidate about his appearance, his chances of winning the March 6 primary and used a variety of insults, including expletives, in a series of text messages.

The candidate, Richard "Oz" Ouzounian, provided the text messages from Nov. 15 and Feb. 14 to the media today.

Betras apologized to Ouzounian “for the tone and tenor of the messages. The language I used is unacceptable and I take full responsibility for drafting and sending them.”

When told of Betras’ apology, Ouzounian said he didn’t accept it.

Ouzounian said a Feb. 14 text from Betras is a threat. The text reads: “Let me know who your lawyer is bc [because] lawsuits are forthcoming but only after primary.”

Betras said he sent the text because of his “utter frustration” with Ouzounian, a former employee, for his “continued and unsubstantiated and egregious attacks on my actions and character.”

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


Comments

1republicanRick(1248 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Betras should be fired for the threats.

Democrats expect more professional behavior than Betras' juvenile actions.

He is a detriment to Democrats and Youngstowners.

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2Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Betras needs to resign, He never carries himself professionally. He is becoming desperate to get his endorsed candidates elected and will resort to any tactic to do it.

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3commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

HOW can Betras be on the Board of Elections when he is sooooo BIASED??

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4vinglass(243 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't see people jumping up to defend Betras. This guy uses pretty poor judgement . How did he manage to become Dem Party Chairman and now get appointed to the Board of Elections? I do think it was a good idea to break up the Sonny Smith cabal at the Board though....

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5valleymom(38 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I wish Husted had stuck to his original decision and kept Betras off the board. Then again, maybe he was doing it for the good of the Dem party. Betras is an embarrassment all the way around and needs to shut his mouth, but we all know he will never learn.

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6vinglass(243 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Is Betras backed by Cafaros? Is that why he is not backing Gains? I know the Cafaros want to replace Gains with their own man. Remember the $120,000 given to Gains last opponent...That ended badly

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7Ypublius(21 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The Cafaros have donated ZERO to Gains' opponent this time! And, BTW, Gains and Trafficanti were WRONG in the handling of Oakhill.

Oakhill is a disaster that is going to cost the county tens of millions of dollars and the legal advice provided by Gains' office to breach the lease at the McGuffy Mall was horrible and reckless. Although the Cafaros have been painted like the bad guy, Mahoning County owed them money for leaving early. Plain and simple.

Oakhill may bankrupt Mahoning county but people on these threads want to act as if Gains did something good???? HAHAHAHAHA.....Doesn't anyone wonder why Traficanti is secretly helping Gains? Because those two are the only morons who think Oakhill was good and AFTER GAINS LOSES, Big Ant will be alone (just like high school lunchtime!).

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8Ypublius(21 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Oz will have my vote! He is about the only decent candidate.

Ditzler is a dude from Austintown with a false sense of entitlement but he has really accomplished nothing in life rather than being an Atown trustee.

Pishkur? A dude who sold Mahoning county water rights to a FOR PROFIT Aqua Ohio? Really? Who would get involved with a company that is bent on taking our second most needed comodity (next to air!) and turn a profit from it? This guy also bankrupted Forum Health and split town. Pishkur must be running for commissioner to sell MVSD to Aqua!

Teague. Yea, ok. lol

Only Oz has ANY qualifications and he is a nice and knowledgable guy. At least with OZ we will get some experience, youthfulness (although he is not "young"), and energy to try new things.

Either way, Betras is wrong and these types of texts are unexcusable.

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9faith(200 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Oz is a poor candidate. He has no substance and no ideas. I do think Betras is a good layer and a good person. His problem is that he is so outspoken on his opinion that it is easy for people who disagree to throw stones at him. I predict Oz will loose by more than a lot. We will see. I also predict that after the loss, he will run as an Independent.

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10CantStandYa(160 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Betras is a PUNCHLINE.

Everytime I see him in public I laugh. he doesnt even have to say anything. I just point and laugh.

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11joebag09(265 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Tip of the iceberg folks, tip of the iceberg! It's just a matter of time before Betrus is named in some other issue that will be another blemish on the Mahoning Valley! Get him out!!

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