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What about party loyalty?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published May 2, 2010

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What’s wrong with this political campaign pitch?

“Elect/Lorraine M. Ellis/Democrat precinct committeeman/I can …/You can .../And we will!/I support Jim Traficant.” (There’s a picture of Traficant.)

The mailing is part of the campaign to wrest the party chairmanship away from Atty. David Betras. The precinct committeemen and women who are elected on Tuesday will gather at the party’s reorganization meeting in the near future to elect the chairman.

Betras has a slate of candidates, as does Atty. Mark Hanni, son of the late Don L. Jr., who had served as the party’s chief for many years.

Invoking Traficant’s name is classic Mark Hanni, who has been hanging around the former congressman-turned-federal criminal since before he went to prison for seven-plus years.

But here’s the irony of candidates for precinct committee expressing their support for the ex-con: Traficant has turned his back on the Democratic Party, and by Monday afternoon could well be challenging a Democratic congressman in the November general election. The filing deadline for independent candidacies is 4 p.m. Monday.
Precinct committeemen and women are supposed to be party loyalists, committed to the election and support of Democratic officeholders.

How can someone run for Democratic precinct committee and yet support a man who has publicly repudiated the party?

That’s a question Democratic voters should ask themselves before they cast their ballots on Tuesday.


1BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Betram, why do you support one of the men behind Marc Dann so much (Betras)?? We need to get Betras out!

Betram used to write negative article after negative article about Betras, Dann, etc...what happened?

Mark Hanni once had a radio talk show and would constantly poke fun at Betram - these obsessive articles on Hanni week after week, are Betram's childish way of defending himself.

The true question Democratic voters should ask themselves before they cast their ballots on Tuesday is: Do we really want someone like Betras, the man behind Marc Dann, as our Democratic Chair?

Betram comes off as everything he claims Hanni to be - only concerned with his own personal agenda (count how many articles he has written on Hanni, Traficant & Covelli Centre, aka Traficant Centre in the past year).

Lastly, I think it's safe to say to vote for the canidates Bertram doesn't support since it's obvious he has his own PERSONAL agenda against Hanni, Traficant.

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2BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I need to ad one last point:

Everything else aside, we all need to go out & vote on Tuesday. We all have our different opinions but the important thing is for our opinions to be heard! This is what our great country is all about!

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I sure wish Bertram would write a column on how Marc Hanni passed the Bar Exam.

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4Millie(192 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Betras is the biggest media hound in the valley.

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Here's the thing,..

Where I don't know if they were mole candidates or not. However Lorraine M. Ellis and any other candidate that was downright dumb enough. To had add and or advertised some and or any allegiance to or alliance with Jim Traficant was sure to loose.

Not only that but for those such individuals political future. They better know that people will remember their apocalyptic avowed accord with him.

Thus chances are the identity damage they've self inflicted upon themselves can possibly be long term permanent for having been so mindless.

See aside from the pay to say media giving him shutterbug time. Fact is Jim Traficant Jr. is widespread persona non grata in the hearts and minds of the voting body that he got exposed having stiffed them for ages.

He's now pandering to the Teabaggers for a reason of desperation last gasp survival in hopes of stealing another shot at that federal money and position to renew his conduit for corruption perch.

Thus those who went that idiotic route to sucker for him. Knowingly or unknowingly did more to empower a David Betras to roost over the local branch of Democrat party than anything Betras could have ever did himself.

The sentiment of the vast throng of voters I've spoken to are of the awareness mindset and understanding. Of questioning how in the world could they possibly vote for any individual. That's so politically unsound and down right stupid enough.

To avow a support for, accord with and allegiance to a Jim Traficant Jr. in his post exposure as such a fraud era.

Don't just take my word for it watch the polling results and let that tell the story,..

So what I'm freely sharing here is whatever Democrat was either dumb or disingenuous enough to wear the Jim Traficant Jr. accord.

Are clearly either ballot dupes or down right political dummies in dire need of a legislative strategist. Being so grossly un-knowledgeable on approach, issues, policy and climate.

Which amounts to their desperate need to attain far better sense than they've displayed trying to connect with voters,..

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6saddad(652 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago


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7EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

The campaign slogan that popped into my head a couple of weeks ago was this:

Traficant: The REAL Democrat

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