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Gains, Macejko continue war of words

Published: Fri, January 27, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick



In a war of words, Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains says his Democratic primary opponent “clearly doesn’t respect the truth” and is running a “smear campaign.”

Youngstown Prosecutor Jay Macejko, Gains’ March 6 primary opponent, said, “It’s become more and more clear that Mr. Gains wants this campaign to be about anything but the poor performance of his office.”

Both camps were busy Thursday sending emails to media members criticizing the other for distorting facts.

In an email with “Gains’ Hypocrises” as the subject line, Macejko wrote his opponent’s demand to unseal evidence in a religious- discrimination settlement against Macejko and the city is “surprising and hypocritical in light of his own conduct.”

He also criticized Gains for “yet another example of ‘dropping the ball’” related to an aggravated-murder case.

Gains responded by calling Macejko’s email “nothing more than a compendium of half-truths, outright lies and misrepresentations of the facts.”

Gains added that Macejko’s “dropping-the-ball” comment is the “most egregious mischaracterization made by my opponent [Thursday].”

Macejko added that he is the better candidate, and “it’s no wonder Mr. Gains refuses to engage in a televised debate as he clearly cannot run on his record.”

Gains responded that is “an outright lie.”

Gains said his campaign plans to talk today to Mona Alexander, news director for 21 WFMJ-TV, about a debate with Macejko.

Because of “constraints and details involved in producing the broadcast,” Alexander wrote in a Wednesday email to Gains’ campaign that they have until the end of business Monday to commit to the debate.


1pgurney(270 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

oh boy... *sigh*

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2southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Always a "war" somewhere in Youngstown...

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3oef0102(5 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Paul Gains is likely the only truthful individual when it comes to politics in the Mahoning Valley. Macejko is going to do anything he can to persuade Valley voters to vote against Gains claiming he can run the Prosecuters Office on a much smaller budget- smaller budgets command individuals with less talent. Top talent is expensive. Do the research, vote Gains.

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4crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago



(A) A lawyer shall not:


(3) Engage in illegal conduct involving moral turpitude.

(4) Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

(5) Engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

(6) Engage in any other conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer's fitness to practice law.

A Lawyer Should Assist in Improving the Legal System


EC 8-8 Lawyers often serve as legislators or as holders of other public offices. This is highly desirable, as lawyers are uniquely qualified to make significant contributions to the improvement of the legal system. A lawyer who is a public officer, whether full or part-time, should not engage in activities in which his personal or professional interests are or foreseeably may be in conflict with his official duties.



(A) A lawyer who holds public office shall not:

(1) Use his public position to obtain, or attempt to obtain, a special advantage in legislative matters for himself or for a client under circumstances where he knows or it is obvious that such action is not in the public interest.

(2) Use his public position to influence, or attempt to influence, a tribunal to act in favor of himself or of a client.

(3) Accept any thing of value from any person when the lawyer knows or it is obvious that the offer is for the purpose of influencing his action as a public official.

Someone got some explaining to do Lucy!

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5crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 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.

Robert Bush, Jay’s good buddy, subpoenaed the records, was it he who was protecting them?

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6CHARLIEHORSE(4 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

All voters must ask themselves why Macejko is so opposed to the release of any information regarding the lawsuit against HIM! What might we find? Ask yourselves this question @ the polls on March 6!

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