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Hagan scores half-truth in earthquake comments

Published: Tue, January 24, 2012 @ 10:05 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, scored a half-true rating on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter for comments he made about earthquakes and Gov. John Kasich.

Hagan on Jan. 10 made a reference to the governor in a statement about a brine-injection well in Youngstown suspected of causing a magnitude-4.0 earthquake on New Year’s Eve.

“We never had an earthquake in Youngstown until John Kasich was elected governor,” Hagan said.

PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners that aims to uncover the truth in politics, said Hagan was “half-true.”

Youngstown had not had an earthquake with an epicenter in the city until March 17, 2011, but had felt earthquakes from places like Ashtabula and Mercer County, Pa.

“But regardless of the timing of the quakes, Hagan makes a rhetorical stretch to imply that the earthquake happened because Kasich was governor,” said PolitiFact writer Aaron Marshall.

Read the entire report here: http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2012/jan/24/robert-hagan/bob-hagan-says-youngstown-never-had-earthquake-unt/


1AtownAugie(882 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Hagan's comment likely was given from his corner office at The Lemon Grove.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

While we are at it, Kasich is responsible for the large unemployment rate in The Valley, as well as the reason all the steel mills left the Youngstown area, and why the Cleveland Browns have never won a Super Bowl Championship.

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3sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Using Hagan's logic you could also say:

"We never had an earthquake in Youngstown until Barack Obama was elected President."

Hagan's idiocy never fails to amaze.

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4redeye1(5612 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What did you expect from Buckwheat Bob? The whole truth.

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

All you people want to do is point fingers. how about facing the truth. No earthquakes in Youngstown until FRACKING.

Point fingers, laugh all you want, until one day we all wake up to a large earthquake. Then you can again blame Hagan for not helping YOU.

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6taliwacker(54 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

you people obviously love to vote for delusional lunatics here in the Mahonning Vally.. i can find these types of politics in nut houses across the country.. Lay off the crack Hagan..

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7redeye1(5612 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

AAC Buckwheat Bob isn't doing anything else to help us. The only reason he's on this is to get his name out in the news. It's all about himself. He has his eye on another elected office. Its time he goes back to the RR. There he might actually work.

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8faith(200 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

and this quote from Kasick got "pants on fire";
"They talk about this problem with binding arbitration. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to have somebody from Los Angeles fly into Zanesville and impose a wage settlement on you ... and then they’re on the plane back to Los Angeles."

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


technicalities, Thats all. We are only injecting the waste water in the ground in Ytown. Complain all you want. Hagan got the injection drilling in Ytown stopped. Thats the important thing. And for you repubs that must have TOTAL PROOF, I don't know how most of you can be called religious. There is no TOTAL PROOF in that either.
I guess John Dick kasich saying fracking/drilling will create 200,000 jobs in Ohio is way less then 1/2 truth. Nobody seems to question him.

Thank You Bob for getting the injectionrilling stopped for now. Hopefully for all of OUR sakes, it will not continue.

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10southbelle22(16 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

it was very easy to find that this was taken out of context. he didn't say all of ohio. he was referring to youngstown and to man-made earthquakes. bob is one of very few politicians who are working to make sure that we leave our children water that is safe to drink and air that is safe to breathe. right now he is one of the last hopes to stay living here. he certainly would have my vote for governor.

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