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Betras won't dislodge Humphries

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published July 2, 2011

There’s a Volkswagen commercial that features a young boy whacking away at a piñata shaped like an SUV, but no matter how hard the boy hits it, the piñata remains intact. Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras is the boy, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber CEO Tom Humphries is the piñata.

No matter how many times Betras demands Humphries’ resignation, the chamber head remains firmly in place. Indeed, every time the Democratic chairman takes a swing at his arch enemy, influential members of the organization — most happen to be Republicans — tell Humphries to hang tough because he has their support.

On Friday, Betras issued another one of his press releases demanding the CEO’s resignation, and this time there wasn’t even a response from Humphries. Indeed, the verbal attacks lend themselves to an intriguing game: Count the number of times Betras has demanded Humphries’ resignation, and the number of times he has been ignored.

Perhaps the chairman thinks that if he keeps pressing the issue, Humphries will get so tired that he will simply quit. Fat chance. At some point, even the press is going to figure out that Betras’ attacks are nothing more than a publicity stunt — and will stop taking them seriously.


1mvo(7 comments)posted 4 years ago

"At some point, even the press is going to figure out that Betras’ attacks are nothing more than a publicity stunt — and will stop taking them seriously."
Obviously, you haven't reached that point yet.

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2mrblue(1136 comments)posted 4 years ago

Which one is the most arrogant?

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3valleyred(1102 comments)posted 4 years ago

FACT: Chamber membership is UP since this whole controversy has started. Yes a handful of businesses left the chamber in recent months, but the membership is actually up slightly since this has happened.

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4Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years ago

When Betras actually does something to bring jobs to the area, ends welfare abuse, and supports struggling local government's effort to control their costs, then he is doing something. But in the meantime he just blows hot air and likes to listen to himself.

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5ipaidattention(68 comments)posted 4 years ago

Betras needs to dislodge himself. Someone decent please run for party chair and quit letting the valley be the laughingstock of America

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6candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years ago

Who knows what his motivation is but you have to ask yourself, who does that?

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7saddad(646 comments)posted 4 years ago

Its politics. Come on in--the waters fine.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

Give Dave some respect !


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9TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Humphries has taken a non-political entity into a political arena using public funds. He is also acting on behalf of its members. It's time for ALL chamber members to own up to being members and to either come out and support its president publicly or to get out of the way.

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10TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually, they aren't absurd. If you're going to receive federal monies directly, then you should not be partisan. There is also NO PROOF that SB5 will be good for business. I've personally heard business owners speak about how SB5 will be detrimental to their businesses.

If the rest of the US is in debt, including state that are Right to Work where unions don't exist or are extremely minimal, then that tells me the problem isn't the public employees, but mismanagement at the top.

It also tells me that businesses have a stranglehold on our economy. If they are going to have the same rights as an individual, it's time they abide by the same laws as the rest of us and time they pony up their tax money instead of seeking abatements and loopholes.

They public employees are currently manageable. All of them work under negotiated contracts, where both sides have a voice. Silencing one of those voices is simply stripping workers everywhere of rights.

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11BobK(14 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Has anyone ever heard Betras on the radio with verb? he is arragant and down right rude to most callers. he seems to be bothered by the caller stupidity(in his mind). Ron has to actually listen to the callers and translate to Betras what the question is most of the time,. It sems he is to busy or disinterested to listen to the questions himself. reminds me of another idiot local lawyer/politico---Marc Dann.

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