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Betras taken to political school

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published June 7, 2009

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras would do well to channel the late party boss Don L. Hanni Jr. Betras' failure in court last week to block the statewide casino gambling initiative from going forward prompts this question: How would Hanni, as county party chairman, have handled the legal challenge to signature petitions that are being circulated?

Here's how: He would have made sure that the judge assigned to the case seeking a temporary restraining order did exactly what he wanted. That is how the leading criminal lawyer in the Mahoning Valley would have used the power of his political office. Hanni had a simple philosophy: Never pick a fight unless you know you're going to win.

Betras, on the other hand, was operating under the belief that his public pronouncements about the lies being told by some circulators of the petitions really mattered in the overall scheme of things.

But as common pleas Judge James Evans saw it, Betras' attempt to block the circulation of petitions was not justified. Judge Evans merely ordered the proponents of the casino gambling initiative to make sure the circulators do not lie.

And yet Betras tried to declare victory. 

The party chairman should stop believing his own press releases and ask himself this question before he dives off the legal cliff: What would Hanni do?



1JAB(41 comments)posted 6 years ago

Mr. Betras, Why would you try to stop 20,000 jobs from potentially coming to the state of Ohio? That’s 20,000 jobs. Who cares where they are, it will put a lot of people back to work, not to mention the trickle down affect with the creation of other jobs. If you are so concerned about jobs in other parts of the state, why didn’t you try to stop the Honda plant from moving into the Columbus area? I know its apples and oranges, but get the point? You my friend are nothing more than an egotistical blow hard.

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2jimiohoh(86 comments)posted 6 years ago

He could never ever even come close to the Old Bull Moose. He is just a egotistical ambulance chaser.

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3northsideperson(365 comments)posted 6 years ago

These casinos are so self-serving - they write the laws to favor them, so many loopholes, etc.

A signature collector approached me last month when I was at a gas station. I politely declined, and he started telling me "don't go to bingo at church". First, my church doesn't do bingo, and second, a church is considered a non-profit organization, not a business venture (some will argue that but anyway). He gave every impression that he was being paid by-the-signature, just by his conduct.

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4Jon(27 comments)posted 6 years ago

The only thing Betras is good at is making commercials for himself. I do have to note that I am surprised that Vindy has published an article that is slamming Betras, that's unusual.

Betras will never be the Bull Moose - no matter how hard he's attempting to be!

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