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Cantalamessa to become commissioner, but Trumbull Dems spat continues



Published: Thu, July 31, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

An administrative process to certify Enzo Cantalamessa as interim Trumbull County Commissioner was nearly complete as of Wednesday afternoon, which will allow him to be sworn in as early as late this week.

That process involved getting a certification letter from the Trumbull County Democratic Party, which was then forwarded to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, then to Gov. John Kasich, then back to the Ohio Secretary of State.

The completed certification was being mailed to Cantalamessa Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office said.

The controversy over whether the county party’s Central Committee acted legally when it voted in secret to elect Cantalamessa on Saturday continues, however.

On Wednesday, the county party’s chairman, Dan Polivka, said he continues to believe that Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern can’t back up his demands for the county party to hold a new vote to comply with the state and national Democratic Party’s rules.

The state party is removing the county party’s access to reduced-price bulk mailing and access to a database of voters for refusing to vote in public, but Polivka said he doesn’t know yet whether those removals will have a significant impact.

Polivka said he doesn’t believe the state Democratic Party Executive Committee can remove him as chairman in late August, as threatened by Redfern and William Demora, the state party secretary.

Polivka said Demora actually told him he was removed immediately — just after Polivka announced that secret balloting would take place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Demora released a letter Wednesday relating to the Democratic National Committee’s stance on public voting.

Patrice Taylor, director of party affairs and delegate selection, wrote to Redfern Tuesday, responding to Redfern’s request for clarification, saying public voting has been required by the National Committee’s charter since 1974.

“All meetings of the Democratic National Committee, the Executive Committee and all other official Party committees, commissions and bodies shall be open to the public, and votes shall not be taken by secret ballot,” Taylor said, quoting the charter.

She added, that the national party has interpreted that over the years to apply to “any Party meeting — including state and local central committee meetings and state conventions.”

Demora’s press release attached to the national party letter adds, “The chairman of the Trumbull County Democratic Party has two options: Either he petitions the DNC to change its rules, or he can resign if he cannot enforce them.”


Comments

1cycler(33 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Open voting; i.e. open to intimidation and humiliation, even retribution, seems about as Undemocratic a process imaginable. About par for the course of keeping the minions in line I guess.

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2cardinal(25 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

So the train wreck of Trumbull county politics continues down it's rickety track with Enzo as it's new caboose.

After 30 years of seeing how this county works(from inside & outside), I'm glad I'm gone.

Since Mahoning county is about as bad(even after the cleanup), I surmise it must be something in the Mahoning River or the Mahoning silt.

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3cardinal(25 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This is not the same as American citizens voting.

These votes are by representatives of the citizens and the citizens have a right to know how their representatives represented them.

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4DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Trumbull County is run like a joke no matter who is sitting in the commissioner's chair. They can't even get the owner of the old Delphi plant on Dana St. to tear the place down. And don't even ask about the conditions in the jail and juvenile detention center. Overcrowding, unsafe conditions for the staff and when something bad happens (like when staff was injured during an escape attempt) they just hush it up. The streets are horrible and bridges are ready to fall down. Being a commissioner just means your road gets plowed first and you don't get parking tickets.

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5CongressWatcher(160 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This whole thing is undoubtedly brought on by one of the loser's in the process who just wants to know who she needs to brow beat over their vote.

Perhaps, it could have been done by raising hands instead of casting ballots, but all in all this is pretty small potatoes in the year of a Governor's race.

Some of these rules of the DNC really need reviewed in the first place after it was determined that gender requirements for the committee were put in place.

Here is a valid question. Do each of the charters vote on changes to the national rules or are the rule changes made by a select few?

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