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Running for office is tough



Published: Fri, January 20, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)


On the side

Comeback bid: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is confident ex-U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville will win back his seat representing Ohio’s 6th District. Wilson is among the first group of 18 “Red to Blue” candidates, and the only Ohioan, the DCCC believes have the strongest chance of beating incumbent Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Marietta, beat Wilson in the 2010 election.

The program recognizes candidates who surpass fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals. The DCCC says the program introduces “Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.”

Wilson, a former two-term House member, is hardly new. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel acknowledges that by calling Wilson “a proven fighter for Ohio families.”

During his successful 2010 campaign, Johnson was selected by the National Republican Congressional Committee to a similar program, called “Young Guns.”

After failing to win the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s endorsement, four candidates in three races have withdrawn.

Party Chairman David Betras had discussions with all four before they made their decisions.

But don’t confuse discussions with strong-arm tactics.

Betras spelled out what it takes to win the party’s primary — money, time, attending candidate forums, going door-to-door — particularly for those who aren’t endorsed.

Betras said he’s not “trying to short-circuit anyone,” or apply pressure to candidates who didn’t get the party’s endorsements.

“It’s a daunting task to run countywide,” Betras said. “They’re not running for class president. They don’t realize what it takes to run a campaign in a big county. It’s diverse. We’re rural and urban. You have to go to events, deal with the media, take positions on things.”

The withdrawals reduce the choices Democratic voters have when they go to the polls March 6.

There is no contested county treasurer and engineer races, and a reduction in the number of those seeking a commissioner’s seat.

Those who’ve withdrawn since the Jan. 7 endorsement vote are: Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker and former Youngstown Councilman Jerry McNally for commissioner; Mark G. Klacik for treasurer, and four-term incumbent Engineer Richard Marsico.

Marsico has run successful countywide campaigns.

But he lost the party’s endorsement to Patrick Ginnetti because of concerns with his age, being in office for too long, and primarily, because of $70,242 in salary increases he gave his staff last year.

And like the other three who quit, Marsico was going to have to compete against a candidate endorsed by the party.

As I wrote last week, the party’s endorsement gives candidates access to the Ohio Democratic Party voter database, the ODP’s heavily discounted bulk-mail rate, the ability to run a coordinated candidate with others endorsed by the county party, among other benefits.

Those who withdraw can receive money from the local party to pay off “legitimate debts” they incurred running their campaigns, Betras said. So far, no one has sought money, he said.

This is the first time in at least 20 years that this many candidates withdrew before the Democratic primary.

It’s also only the second time that the party has endorsed candidates in about 20 years.

The first time was 2010, and all of the party’s endorsed candidates won the primary and general elections.

For years, serving as a precinct committee member meant you voted on filling vacant elected positions, and little else.

With the return of endorsements, it means a lot more.


Comments

1crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I would like to know why no one is questioning Jay about a cover-up with a former treasurer at the local state university. Does it not matter to people that there is someone still working there who stole money, had Jay's wife as her attorney and NOTHING was brought to light here in any of your columns of this newspaper or on the news? Where is lady justice and when will justice be served to people of this valley?

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2gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Cmon you gutless wonder name names. Dont come on here and make some vague accusation without saying who. What treasurer, who is still working where at what local university. Grow a pair why dont you, you slander the guys wifes rep by saying shes somehow involved in a cover-up that no one has heard anything about. Punk coward

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3crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

What rock are you under? Let's think about this, what university is local? Does YSU come to mind? Are you just trying to bully so the truth can't come out for the sake of your Bud, Jay?

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4gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

First Mr. Cranium I dont even know the guy. But I take exception to any coward like you trying to backhand insult some mans wife. So Richard I mean you dont mind if I call you Richard do you. Leave the mans wife out of your attempt to bolster your candidate.

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5Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

So, basically in Democratic primaries the candidates have to do all of the work the Republicans have to do for a General Election. Door to door, going to events, actually campaigning, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention SPEND MONEY.

In light of that reality, then I am 100% against Democratic endorsements. Put the time in and do the work. It keeps you honest.

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6crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Here are the facts:
Jay Macejko was behind subpoenaing the financial records from YSU – ACE Union. He did this with the help of his long time friend Robert Bush, who is now working in the Jobs and Family Services. State Highway Patrol Trooper Halligan and Lt. Cretella from YSU Police tried to strong arm the current treasurer for the financial records of the union. When the treasurer refused to comply, the state trooper handed the current treasurer the business card of Jay Macejko and his phone number hand written on the back. This happened May 4th of 2010. Her instructions were to call Jay, he wanted to talk to her privately. She refused so they went to the Grand Jury. The subpoena can be found on line.
Jay Macejko’s wife represented Carol, the former treasurer, in Federal Bankruptcy court, where she claimed some of the embezzled money as a loan from the union. The Bankruptcy case was closed in May of 2010. The Grand Jury subpoena came out on June 8th. On June 11th the criminal forensic audit was released and it was clearly stated that Carol embezzled the money. In a number of emails, Carol admitted to taking the money and that if anyone had any questions they should contact Jay Macejko’s wife, her attorney, at her law office. The county has these records. I am sure a public records request can subpoena them. The two involved in the cover-up were Jay Macejko and Robert Bush, let’s not forget there were colleagues when they both worked for the city.
FYI: the amount taken was $17,000.00
If you look at similar cases that have been in the news over the last 18 months, ALL were sentenced to jail, probation and had to make restitution.
Alright Vindy, let’s do the story BEFORE the March primary.

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