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Another sisterly smack down

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published June 1, 2010

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Remember the bone-crushing letter Holly Hanni sent to Mahoning County Democratic precinct committeemen and women about her brother, Mark, before the May primary?

In the letter, Holly warned of Mark’s attempt to wrest the party away from Chairman David Betras by running a slate of precinct committee candidates. Well, the warning struck a chord because the pro-Hanni forces performed miserably at the polls.

Thus, Betras goes into Wednesday’s party reorganization meeting with a decided advantage in the precinct committee vote count over his political archrival, who has insisted all along that he isn’t running for chairman and has no dog in the fight.

But sister Holly isn’t buying her brother’s protestations, and so she has dashed off another letter to the precinct committeemen and women.

Read it and enjoy.

“May 24, 2010

Dear Precinct Committee Member;

Once again, I feel it necessary to respond to my brother, Mark Hanni’s nasty political tactics.  You may remember in my last letter I implored you not to let the efforts of dissidents working for my brother, prevail.  I want to make sure everyone is aware of Mark’s recent scheme to take control of the Democrat Party.  You may recall Mark stated that he had no plans to run for Chairman himself just like when he failed to take over the Republican Party in 2002 and 2006.  Even though the majority of his precinct candidates lost including Mark himself, it appears he is still at it.  Mark and his band of dissidents are still pathetically plotting and their tactics are almost laughable. 

On May 15, Mark had Georgiann Decenzo, hold a house party so that Ed Aey could announce his candidacy for Chairman.  If you check out Ed Aey recent posting on facebook, you will learn that MARK’S PLAN IS TO

Meanwhile, the same Mark Hanni is having my sister HEIDI HANNI call committee people to ask them to vote for Georgiann Decenzo for Chairman.  When in actuality they are all Mark’s allies working together to defeat Chairman Betras.  I am told they are planning other dirty tricks too.  The saying goes “Desperate times calls for desperate measures”, and Mark is certainly desperate these days.  Please don’t let them fool you.  A VOTE FOR ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT DAVE BETRAS IS A VOTE FOR MARK HANNI. 

I would like (to) wish Dave Betras good luck and continued success with the Democrat Party. 


Holly Hanni”

The patriarch of the Hanni clan, the late Don L. Hanni Jr., a hard-hitting political fighter if ever there was one, must be having a hearty laugh at the way his daughter keeps smacking down his son. When the elder Hanni was chairman of the party, he followed one simple rule: Take no prisoners.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

All the Hanni's are prisoners of their over inflated egos.

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2burford(95 comments)posted 6 years ago

This is very curious. An editorial and this blog in one day on the election of a county chairman? Is it worth the effort?

Why is the Vindicator in bed with Betras considering Betras' tawdry relationship with disgraced Marc Dann?

Hanni is old news. But can't the Vindicator do better than this? And has the Vindicator even interviewed DeCenzo to see what she offers?

The fact that Hanni may have latched on to her candidacy does not make her a bad person. After all hasn't the Vindicator supported chairmen and public officials in the past who did not serve the community well?

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3BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years ago

It's a known fact Betras co-wrote the letter with Holly- but Betram would NEVER mention that. I think it’s distasteful that Betras would take advantage of a family's dysfunction for his own personal success (which we all have some kind of family dysfunction).

The fact is Betras & his best friend Marc Dann embarrassed the Democratic Party & now Betras is the Chairman of the same Party he embarrassed! They released recent Dann's transcripts just last week where he states he is still great friends with Betras but explains in detail how Betras was directly involved in the fraud! If you read these you will be appalled that we have Betras as our Chairman!

I urge all committeemen to meet Georgiann DeCenzo before Wed's meeting (don't take my word or the Vindy's word, decide for yourself), you will be highly impressed with her energy and detailed plan for the Party! I’m sure the official transcripts will be floating around the meeting tomorrow – please take a look before you vote!

If you had to pick one, would you rather have Marc Dann as your supporter or Mark Hanni?

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4joe1616(52 comments)posted 6 years ago

Holly should stop writing letters and start studying the law. It is my opinion that she is clueless as an attorney.

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5JB0248(4 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree with you Holly--Your brother is a disgrace as a human being and is desperate to be the big shot of all the Hanni children. I hope the FBI invesitgates him and finds all that he has done over the last 10 years. He's a pig and I am on your side. Politics in Youngstown are a joke and nobody in the state house takes anyone seriously from Youngstown. Mark thinks he is Tony Soprano--and he's not!!! Ask Joe Rafidi about your brother's tirade at his office and taking a baseball bat to his belongings--When your father was still alive, I remember he said to me that Mark is nothing but a dishonest person and that's why he'll never win any election of significance--and he was dead on!!!! Good for you Holly.

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6jake1020(2 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I love to watch the hanni fools drag each other down.
Holly is the ringleader at this. she is so unhappy with herself that she spreads gossip about everyone around her. Maybe she should take a good hard look in the mirror.

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