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Can Betras keep his public pledge?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published June 5, 2010

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Now that he has won a full term as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, Atty. David Betras must turn his attention to keeping a public pledge he made to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern.

During their appearance on a radio talk show, hosted by this writer and Dr. Bill Binning, Betras guaranteed that he would deliver 80 percent of the general election vote in Mahoning County to Gov. Ted Strickland.

Democrat Strickland is running for a second four-year term and is being challenged by Republican John Kasich. Even though Kasich isn't as well known statewide as Strickland, the race would be a toss-up if the election were held today. It's an indication of the widespread public discontent with government at all levels; incumbent officeholders are in the political crosshairs.

That's why Betras' pledge seems so over-the-top. He undoubtedly was influenced by the 70-plus percent vote in Mahoning County garnered by Barack Obama in 2008, but the support did not come from the traditional Democratic Party voters. Rather, it was the result of a coalition forged by Obama of first-time black voters and new, young voters. That coalition has since gone away, which explains the Democrats' troubles at the polls this year.

If Betras is able to deliver the 80 percent to Strickland, the governor's re-election will be all but assured. But if he fails, it won't be from a lack of trying. Betras has proved to be a tireless worker on behalf of the local, state and national Democratic parties.

It's going to be an exciting general election campaign.


1nojimbo(286 comments)posted 6 years ago

Uh, you might want to do actual research before pulling the "70-plus percent of the vote in Mahoning County garnered by Barack Obama in 2008" statement out of thin air or somewhere worse. Obama received 61.68% (http://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/LinkC...).
Both you and Betras might want to stay away from strange substances before opening your mouths (or typing on a keyboard). Strickland will be lucky to get 60% this time around. NO ONE, not even Abe Lincoln or George Washington would get 80% of the vote. At least 25% of voters will ALWAYS vote for their party's candidate, no matter how bad --- think Rob Burch for Governor in 1994.
PS Vindicator, if you want a real political reporter who actually looks things up, give me a call.

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago

Is it Bertram's honest inaccuracy or his shamelessly lying again,..

See those whom aren't laughing at this Bertram Bobbing for Betras. Would be those that's disgusted by the Vindicator not running such a laughable article in the comic section.

Here's the real deal:

The only things that could be FACTUALLY revealed is there's a lot of irony here. Where for starters Betras sounds exactly like Ken Blackwell did in 2004.

We all have differing views and values but this misses the point and facts on all but everything except what Bertram says his " bestest " buddy Betras is saying. Other than that there's not a fact anywhere in there to be found.

Lets do it by the numbers:

1. Whether or not Betram truly knows or wants to accept or not Dave Betras isn't very well trusted among the voting populous. Via actions, accord and Betras is widely identified as a Cafaro operative and he's certainly not widely supported in the crowds I speak with.

2. Ted Strickland came into the governorship on a picture perfect opportunistic platter for just about anybody to have won the Ohio governorship in 2006. Which was due to the populous wanting to get term limited criminal Bob Taft gone.

3. In that candidacy field it was either Strickland or a former secretary of state Ken Blackwell whom allotted rigging of the 2004 presidential election.

Who was a candidate that nobody in their right mind would have voted for Ken Blackwell..So by that script Ted Strickland more inherited the Governorship more than won it.

4. Strickland eased in to that governors States head seat by proxy. Pretty much like Dave Betras, Marc Dann and Cafaro's slipped Capri Cafaro into a State seat by non elected appointment.

5. The Cafaro owned and funded and Betras, backed Marc Dann proceeded to prove himself as the absolute worst State Attorney General in Ohio history and arguably among the worst United States existence,..

6. The Bertram line alleging -- " Betras has proved to be a tireless worker on behalf of the local, state and national Democratic parties. "

Has to be regarded as a laughable lie because Betras hasn't gotten ANYBODY elected on national level and every candidate he's backed has imploded with corruption.

Tim Ryan was elected beyond Dave Betras. Which for Ryan to be re-elected the last thing he needs is to be mentioned in the same breath was a Dave Betras or connected to the Cafaro cabal.

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3Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago


Voter discontent of an Incumbent:,.. for a reason.

1. Point being THAT won't be the landscape this year and Ted Strickland absolutely not only hasn't shown well by policy.

But he's even scandal ridden just quietly ducked the sting at the governors mansion, he just ditched a local Cafaro criminal cronie named John Reardon whom plotted against the county taxpayers interest.

Along with a Ted Strickland governorship that enacted / allowed the republican based Poland. To steal the democratically based Struthers DMV right away from without any notification.

2. Funny Bertram would even bring up president Obama numbers. Because not only is Ted Strickland no where near the values, quality or integrity of a Barack Obama. But Strickland didn't back Obama candidacy and neither did Bertram or Betras either.

See we're talking about a Ted Strickland who's infamous for being right at Hillary Clinton's side while she trumpeted some of the biggest combo lies she told on the campaign stump.

They BS'd the Ohio voters,.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhgJG...

Then the TRUTH came out,.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBheLr...

There no truth in Betram spinning -- " it was the result of a coalition forged by Obama of first-time black voters and new, young voters. That coalition has since gone away, which explains the Democrats' troubles at the polls this year.",... THAT'S JUST A LIE !!!

Point being those voters didn't vanish and it's not a racial surge / divide like Bertram is trying to fabricate either.

See Betram is trolling an inaccurate if not all out cunning lie to mask it's just that Ted Strickland doesn't appeal to those collective voters,.. and him wearing a democrat brand won't hide that.

Granted thus far John Kasich certainly isn't a rose but he's no Bob Taft or Ken Blackwell either.

So unless Kashish gets caught up in a pack of lies or dares mention some divisive alignment with the Teabaggers alliance or something.

He stands a very, very good chance at unseating Ted Strickland and it's not a democrat -vs- republican thing either.

If Ted Strickland gets anywhere near that 70 or 80 percent of the votes in Mahoning County like Betras is trumpeting. It'd be because Betras has such a network he'd rigged it.

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 12 months ago


Zip it there sniffle's,..

See I stated and presented a litany of verifiable facts that you've an incessant crier about. Solely because you can't refute them in your frazzled and figment[ed] fawning you crying clown.

Now until you can come up with something to refute that. Or any of the facts I've presented.

You need to get back to harvesting those flies in your rat trap that you're leasing into the environment,.. Got that?

Now,.. you go right back and run tell Foozie, the damn fraud. That a grown man tweaked your silly little beak and enjoyed every minute of it.

So " strawman " up on some of that you gaffe filled Scarecrow,.. LMAO !!!

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