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Why Lisa Antonini should resign

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published December 18, 2008

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairwoman Lisa Antonini has proved to be one of the most inept party leaders in the state of Ohio, and has become a major political embarrassment for the Mahoning Valley. She should resign — before she makes another blunder like the one this week.

Antonini wrote a letter to Democrats in the Ohio Senate that threatened political retaliation if they did not bow to the wishes of the county party's executive committee in selecting a replacement for Sen. John Boccieri. The Senate's Democratic caucus responded with a major stuff it. Atty. Joe Schiavoni, a political newcomer, was selected over the three individuals recommended by Antonini's executive committee, David Engler, Robert Lidle and Dan Yemma.

Talk about a brush off.

This defeat, coming so soon after she was publicly repudiated by county Democratic voters in the race for prosecutor, shows just how ineffective and powerless the chairwoman has become. There is only one thing left for Antonini to do — resign.

It's time the Mahoning County Democratic Party rebuilt its reputation, and that won't happen so long as it led by someone with little understanding of big-time politics.


1Buffalo80(2 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Bertram, you spelled "Schiavoni" incorrectly. You should check your spelling before you make another blunder like the one in this story.

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2Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I am wondering if she's a double-agent. The letter was just a bluff and the "major stuff it" was probably all part of the plan. Why wasn't Schiavoni in the running from the beginning?

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3cityguy(109 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

She should go==if for no other reason her shady connections to Cafaro in the Oak Hill fiasco.

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4JustaYtownGuy(4 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

What more evidence than Antonini's letter does anyone need to be convinced that Mahoning County Democrats are in dire need of new leadership? I'm not sure which is more alarming - the fact that Ms. Antonini had the audacity to actually put such tripe in writing, or her apparent belief in her own ability to influence the process in Columbus.

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5ytownoptimist(86 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Even if Antonini resigns, the root of the problem is the precinct committee people. We need new ones because the existing committee is in Antonini's pocket. Historically, precinct people have always been stocked with supporters of the individual wanting to be the chairperson. As long as the chairperson is easily manipulated, we will always have this problem. So Bertram, when & where do these new committee people get elected? There needs to be more publicity about these elections to allow progressive, independent fresh blood into the precints. This will send a message to people in this county and throughout the state that this county is trying to change for the better. It's time for change, it's time for hope & it's time to get rid of Antonini.

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6projectgeniene(87 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I was just in Columbus over the weekend & she is not liked there at all. Is our county's reputation not sullied enough without the likes of Antonini in power? Bertram is correct that we need a chairperson who is respected by ODP & the governor's office. A new leader who works with the mayor & governor's office would go a long way for our county and the people who live here and desperately want to help Youngstown.

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

Im seriously considering running for precinct committeeman, on the ticket that i hate lisa antonini, and all cafaro cronies, i think say no to cafaro should make a good slogan, how do i find out who mine is? and register to run?

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8knucles518(39 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I think the senate's choice sent a very clear message to the office of Lisa Antonini.

It is truely time for the party to once again come together and work for the common good of the Mahoning Valley.

I wish the best to the Senate's Democratic Cacus. I must also say "Thank You For A Job Well Done !"

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9apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Lisa's future is questionable with the investigation into the JFS move and Capri already got immunity for testimony. What does that tell us?

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10knucles518(39 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

There have been a lot of blunders by her office in thepast. This is just another one to add to the list. At this moment it would be best if Lisa would realize she is burned out and let soemone else have the party seat. So we as Mahoning Valley Dermocrats can start rebuilding our party.

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11Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps critical thinking skills have been lost here upon some of us. I am sure Atty. Schiavoni is a fine young man. But why wasn't he in the running at the start? There is evidence of an alliance between the Cafaros and Antononi spelled out by the Vindicator, yet a conflict between her, the State Dems and others. And if this young man had no connection to Pavlik, then what? This isn't the same old politics as usual?

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12JustaYtownGuy(4 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Same old politics as usual? But wait ... isn't the current core of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, Antonini & Company, the remnants of the Decmocrats for Change? Can someone please help me out here? What's changed?

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