Ryan missed a chance in Dayton

Ryan missed a chance in Dayton

I want to make it very clear that I have been a member of the Democratic Party for over 41 years. In my entire voting age life I have voted for one Republican candidate for county commissioner, and I was a registered Independent from November through May of one election cycle back in the early ’70s.

I have provided store fronts for Democrat candidates, I have worked on campaigns, even chaired a few. I have served as a Central Committee member and helped draft a revised set of bylaws for the Trumbull County Party. While I have never been an insider, I have believed in and upheld the genuine platform of the real Democratic Party, not this coalition of selfish special interests who have hijacked the political philosophies of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, McGovern and even Carter. Chuck Carney embodied leadership in a cause that held working men and women needed an equalizer. Traficant, when on his best behavior, was capable of the same. Now, we have Tim Ryan. Mr. Ryan has demonstrated a fair tactical capability of surviving in Washington and Mahoning Valley politics, but that does not prove his “Democrat” pedigree.

Last month, there was another in a string of House Subcommittee hearings on the Delphi salaried issue. It is my understanding that Mr. Ryan was invited by the host, Congressman Turner, to participate. Keep in mind that Ryan made a big “to do” about his co-founding of the Delphi pension task force, along with Turner. Ryan has 1,500 retirees and thousands more directly related salaried stakeholders living in his home district. Yet, Ryan refused to go to Dayton to speak for the retirees and to render the input that needed to be included in the record of what some observers have considered little more than a Republican dog and pony show geared more toward witch hunting than genuine injustice correction.

When I asked a Ryan staffer why his boss wasn’t going to participate, I was told that he had other previously scheduled items on his calendar for that day. Ryan turned a cold shoulder, again, toward the needs of his constituents when he could have provided significant emphasis to the bipartisanship that we so often hear about but never really witness.

John Vogel, Mineral Ridge