It is not the Democrats nor the Republicans fault. However, continuing to vote Democrats into office, especially in Washington & Columbus, is having a significant effect on the area. Not because of what they do or do not do, but because of the message it sends.
Put yourself in the position of those in Washington who are deciding to which communities to give money. You have the choice of 3 areas: one that always votes Republican, one that always votes Democrat and one which can go either way. It does not matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, you are likely to give the most money to the 3rd one in hopes of swaying their votes toward your party. (It's all about winning elections.)
How did Traficant get the money for the Chevy (now Covelli) Centre when neither party wanted him? They may not have wanted him but they wanted his vote. Sure there are going to be times when you reward a community for being faithful to your party, but it will not be significant. In reality, the money Jim got for us was not that much when compared to what gets handed out.
So what we need to do is "bite the bullet" and elect some Republicans. Sounds like an easy fix but hold your horses; it is not as simple as that. Where do we find a qualified Republican to run for office?
Whenever there is a Republican on the ballot, I question their intelligence. This sounds very mean but you have to ask, "Why would you waste your time & money to run as a Republican in a community that strictly votes Democrat?" I am not saying the Republicans who run for office are stupid or not qualified. We just need to realize the first Republican elected from the area (in 30 years) may not be the "best" the party has to offer. Therefore, if the first one turns out to be a screwball, don't give up.
And for those of you who count Rep. Johnson as a Republican from our area; Mahoning County did not elect him … it was the counties south of us. But it could be a start.
November 9, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
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