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Talk about political chutzpah

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published April 11, 2010

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Just days after Mark Hanni sent a letter to Mahoning County Democratic Party precinct committeemen and women accusing Chairman David Betras of being in the pocket of the wealthy, the kingmaker-wannabe hopped on a private jet and flew to Florida. There, he boarded a private yacht for a relaxing cruise.

Hanni’s traveling companions, according to a friend who was told of trip by the son of the late party Chairman Don L. Hanni Jr., was Flora Cafaro, daughter of the late shopping center magnate William Cafaro, and Anthony Saadey, an employee of the board of elections now on worker’s compensation disability.

Hanni’s joining friends on vacation would not have become an issue had it not been for the letter that he wrote to the precinct committeemen and women. In it, he denies that he is seeking the party chairmanship, but makes clear that he has targeted Betras for defeat.

Here’s what the letter says, in part:

“We watched ‘The David Betras’ style of politics in his role with the now infamous Mark (sic) Dann campaign. The tales of abuse of taxpayer dollars with the Dann regime are now legendary. Betras has continued the ‘Golden Checkbook’ philosophy into his tenure as party Chairman — as evidenced by the exclusive $1,000/ plate lobster extravaganza. How many working families were able to attend that?”

Betras has said that Hanni’s opposition to him would disappear if he put him on the board of elections. But the chairman has been adamant from the outset that he will not make any deals. He is taking the challenge seriously.

Hanni’s credibility is certainly under attack by Betras.

The question that he posed in his letter is now being turned on him: How many working families can hop on a private jet and then board a private yacht — with a very wealthy person?


Comments

1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years ago

Just proves what I always have been saying - Mahoning County is run by DemoCROOKS!!!! Vote NO on the 1/2% sales tax increase unless you want them to have more of your money to waste.

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2BillyBob(92 comments)posted 4 years ago

Bertram,
I've been told my multiple people that Betras' buddies (not Betras himself)made up the story you documented above about the trip to Florida. You were played once again. Not that you care, you'll write about anything one person tells you, as long as it's anti-Mark Hanni.

Does anyone else notice that Betram is OBSESSED with the Hanni family?

How did Bertram go from a Betras hater to lover this past year?

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3Dem4Life(6 comments)posted 4 years ago

The real fight is over the Mahoning County Democratic Party's future. On one hand you have Mark Hanni, who admitted that he ran for Republican Chairman just to "get back at the democratic party" - sounds like a leader who we want as our chairman. On the other hand you have Chairman Betras who has re-energized the party and has worked hard to bring political enemies to sit at the table together and fight for our party, Sounds like an easy choice to me.

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4grkfire(52 comments)posted 4 years ago

saadey? LOL come on he is a nobody. so what if hanni vacationed with him.

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5BillyBob(92 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Betras called yours truly earlier this week to announce that he intends to take a leave of absence to run state Sen. Marc Dann’s campaign for Ohio attorney general. When it was pointed out to him that his talents as a lawyer and a media personality did not extend to managing a statewide election campaign, he seemed to take great offense." -

.........I believe this was from a Betram column from around 2006..........

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6fitnessbuff(57 comments)posted 4 years ago

How does Saadey come into the picture? does he owns a restaurant

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7espnlooop(23 comments)posted 4 years ago

O.J. Simpson and Jeffrey Dahmer could get elected in this valley .... if they run as Democrats.

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Its not gullible to vote for the party that cares a little more about people that are not millionaires."

Such as the Cafaros?

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91970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years ago

"1970--you want to challenge me on whether Democrats are Republicans are better for the little guy? After what weve seen the last couple years. Dont even try."

Typical meaningless blather parroted from your mommy and daddy or union rep.

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