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Robyn Gallitto's political tin ear

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published December 4, 2008

Here's one explanation for Boardman Township Trustee Robyn Gallitto's failure to win the approval of the Mahoning County Democratic Party's executive board for the vacant 33rd District state Senate seat: Her political instincts failed her.

Going into last Saturday's meeting of the Democratic Party elders, Gallitto certainly seemed to have one of the three inside tracks (the executive board submitted the names of three individuals to the Democratic caucus in the Senate) —  by virtue of her winning election in a major community in the county.

However, she stumbled — by submitting a letter of recommendation from county Prosecutor Paul Gains.

Did Gallitto forget (or choose to forget) that during the November general election, Democratic Party Chairwoman Lisa Antonini supported Gains' opponent, Marty Yavorcik, even though the prosecutor was the party's nominee? Did she also forget that Antonini hand-picked some of the members of the executive board, and still holds sway with a goodly number of precinct committeemen and women?

And, how could she have forgotten that Antonini has a close political relationship with shopping center magnate Anthony Cafaro, and that Cafaro and Gains locked horns during the Job and Family Services controversy?

Gallitto's political tin ear not only cost her a finalist slot in the 33rd District sweepstakes, but it has all but assured her an opponent next year should she run for re-election in Boardman.

The trustee is no doubt aware of a governing rule of Mahoning Valley politics: A friend of my enemy is my enemy.


1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

And, of course, an enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. And the rhetorical fog suddenly lifted and everyone was seen to be full of crap! Politics here sucks! It seldom considers the people that pay the bills.

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes, Tugboat it does suck here. Seldom might be optimistic. I think it never considers the people who pay the bills.

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3Believer(1 comment)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

You are partly correct about Robyn Gallitto, but mostly wrong. You are listening to the wrong people. The selections were decided weeks ago. Engler was Cafaro’s choice (dad & daughter) and they feared the press might make an issue of Engler’s past, so they needed two hacks to be there if Engler fell apart. Robyn was a threat; she is a party person, but independent of thought and won’t be dictated to by volatile leaders. She boldly brought an endorsement letter from Paul Gains (against the advice of most of her supporters, who know how party politics work) to make a stand and show herself to be an independent Democrat. She should be uplifted and applauded for her courage.

She is our Democratic party’s future.

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

If she's the future of the Democratic party in the valley, then things are worse than previously thought.

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5Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Believer wrote: "...she is a party person, but independent of thought.."

First of all, the whole Trustee thing is supposed to be a non-partisan position that administers the services provided to the people of Boardman. The Ohio Senate was created to do the work of the people of Ohio. At least that's what this fancy brochure in front of me says.

Her agenda was certainly not being 'independent of thought' when she first took office:


Welcome to business-as-usual.

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