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The missing ballot option

Published: Thu, September 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

The missing ballot option

A front-page story Aug. 25 asked the question “Who is ‘right’ in race for 6th district?” Democrat Charlie Wilson or Republican Bill Johnson. My answer is “neither”.

In 2006, Wilson failed to submit the required minimum 50 (!) valid petition signatures to run in the Democratic primary. He had to mount a write-in campaign just to get on the ballot. After Wilson served two terms as U.S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District, Johnson defeated him in November 2010. As he was leaving office, Wilson stuck taxpayers for more than $119,000 in parting gifts he handed out to his staff.

Johnson, a political novice, rode the coat tails of the Republican Tea Party express to victory in the 2010 general election. The major topic on his agenda was the repeal of Obamacare. Even before he was sworn in, Johnson announced his decision to decline health care benefits afforded to members of Congress. Johnson’s offices said the decision was “based on his belief that members of Congress shouldn’t have access to premium health care benefits when millions of Americans are struggling just to make ends meet.” What he failed to mention was that as a military retiree, he was still covered by a generous government-funded health care program. Magnanimous? Hardly. Deceptive? You be the judge.

It is sad that the voters of the 6th Congressional district must choose between these two undistinguished partisan politicians.

Too bad Ohio does not permit “None of the Above” as a ballot option.

Stephen Hanzely, Youngstown


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