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McNally wins Dem endorsement, party supports gay marriage

Published: Wed, February 27, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick



While Mahoning County Democratic Party precinct and executive committee members from Youngstown were divided about endorsing a mayoral candidate, when they made a decision they overwhelmingly backed John A. McNally IV.

The 66 members who attended Tuesday’s endorsement meeting at St. Luke Church in Boardman voted 33-33 on a proposal not to endorse.

But the proposal needed a two-thirds majority for the members not to endorse, said Kenneth A. Carano, a senior executive vice chairman and party parliamentarian.

After that failed, McNally, a former city law director and county commissioner, was endorsed by a 50-16 vote over council President Jamael Tito Brown. Matthew Smith, who also is running in the Democratic primary for mayor, didn’t receive a single vote.

“I’m very happy and thankful for the endorsement of the party,” McNally said. “The endorsement kicks off the campaign season, and getting the victory [Tuesday] is a good way to kick off the campaign.”

As for the vote on not endorsing, McNally said, “I think there were certain precinct committee people who would have been happy to not select either of us as they like both of us. But when it came time to vote, everyone took their vote seriously.”

Party Chairman David Betras said some didn’t want to pick, but when they had to, they “overwhelmingly supported” McNally.

Brown said he’s still a proud Democrat, so losing the endorsement is “kind of disheartening. But we’re ready to continue on. We’re not going to stop. We will move forward. We’re not giving up.”

The primary is May 7.

Before the vote, Betras said about the next Youngstown mayor: “I promise you it will be a Democrat.”

The seat is open with Charles Sammarone — appointed mayor in August 2011 after Jay Williams resigned to join President Barack Obama’s administration — opted not to seek election. Instead, Sammarone is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for his old seat as council president.

Betras had proposed significant changes to the party’s bylaws, but county precinct and executive committee members voted 108-36 against considering any of them Tuesday.

The proposals would have placed restrictions on precinct and executive committees members, the party’s executive officers, among others, on supporting candidates not endorsed by the party.

Also, convicted felons couldn’t serve as precinct committee members, and those who commit malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance also could be removed.

Precinct committee members from Struthers endorsed three of the four candidates running for three council at-large seats.

Endorsed were Joseph N. Rudzik, Ronald Mathews and Mike S. Patrick. Patrick had to go to a second vote to beat Milton Gonzalez 7-4 after they both received six votes in the first round of voting.

The party also voted 100-46 in support of a proposed gay-marriage issue seeking to get on the November ballot.


1DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The gay marriage thing is a feint. It won't mean anything because of state law. esides it will eventually be the law of the land when DOMA is overturned. Even Dick Cheney endorses it as long as waterboarding is performed at the ceremony.

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2mvgaystraightcoalition(3 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

We want to thank the Mahoning Valley Democratic party for supporting gay marriage, not only in our state, but in our country. We are at another milestone in our country's history, where we are moving equal/civil rights forward. And while we may not have as hard a road as women and blacks may have had, it has been a hard journey none the same. We are not looking to weaken marriage in our country, but only strengthen it by bringing 2 people who love each other profoundly and want to have the same legal rights as any married couple in America, together to live and grow old together.

Gay marriage does not infringe on the institution or the rights of anyone else that is married. I also strongly support the clauses a lot of states are putting in marriage equality laws that does not compel any church to have to provide a marriage service if it is against their religious beliefs. However, I do believe that God loves us all, and would celebrate the joining of two loving people that want to declare their commitment to each other, and that any church should welcome this joyous occasion, gay or straight.

In July, we will see a historic pronouncement by the Supreme Court of the United States on the constitutionality of gay marriage. I believe they will be on the right side of history and agree that the time has come to recognize that gay people are equal and protected under the constitution and cannot be denied any rights that does not infringe upon another's as it is for any citizen of the United States. Hopefully when that happens, a collective sigh of relief will reverberate through our country and our GLBT Community will not have to be hidden in any closet and our Straight friends and allies will see that we are their brother, sister, neighbor, friend, and maybe, just maybe we can all get along.

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3redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This vote for gay marriage just goes to show that the demoncrat party is full of FRUITS and NUTS, along with a few closet queens

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4endthismess(463 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Very nicely said...thank you goes out to mvgaystraightcoalition...people understand something here....we are ALL children of God, which ever way He made us...do ya get it.... that includes all of you negative posters...too. WE have ALL got to get along here on this earth....do ya get it.

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5RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Kumbayah, kumbayah...

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6vinglass(295 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't care who you sleep with, unless you're a local politician in bed with the Cafaros

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7ipaidattention(68 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

and mcnally is in bed with the cafaros! That indictment is still looming!

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8DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I guess that makes the democrat party the new "sweet hairy butt party". Congratulations to the party. It helps to see your priorities.

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9TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Okay I paid attention, obviously you didn't pay attention to this. ALL CHARGES AGAINST MCNALLY WERE DROPPED AT THE REQUEST OF THE PROSECUTION. He wasn't acquitted of the case that Gains and Tablack corruptly used the power of their offices to create, THEY asked the judge to dismiss the charges. I am sure your legal expertise rests upon reruns of Law and Order, but in layman's terms he spanked that issue raw. As for pending indictments, we've all been hearing that for two years now. The Feds are thorough, but 2 years? Just because your praying for something doesn't mean you'll get it. Hey I paid attention ever consider this, maybe, and I know this kills you, you're wrong.oooooooooohhhhhh

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