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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Public Square: Democracy at its Lowest, Starring the Cuyahoga Democratic Party

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Endless hours on the phone trying to convince volunteers to attend the Democratic endorsement meeting at Euclid High School this past Saturday. Praying just for the opportunity to have your candidates name brought before the executive committee for nomination. Along with all this hard phone work comes the anticipation that you really do have chance by working very hard. Boy was I wrong! Nothing could have been farther from the truth. The entire process was a sham perpetrated against all the candidates and their volunteers who braved the cold and gave up a great opportunity to sleep in just to have a chance to participate in the American Dream... Under immediate attack by Jimmy Demora in his loudest pork belly voice was the Plain Dealer, painted as the enemy of the public along with everything that even slightly resembled a Republican. The rhetorical onslaught was sickening. ... The incumbents were invited onto the stage with the interested candidates. The incumbents were introduced by their respective offices by Jimmy Demora, and before anyone could take an extra breath he made a motion to endorse them, asked for a second, called for a voice vote of aye’s and then beat the gavel to death thus ending the meeting. No nominations, no points of order, no parliamentary procedures – just a disgrace. Once again the Demora rule ran the day. Endorsing candidates that did not have petitions filed yet. Endorsing candidates that are so sick physically that they had to be snuck in the side door by their handlers so nobody could see what bad shape they were really in. What the heck is going on in Cuyahoga County? Being a Democrat and working hard for what you believe no longer means anything. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Jimmy Demora has just proven this to me and the hundreds of hard working Democratic volunteers and candidates throughout the county -- using smoke and mirrors to stay in power, with deceit and deception screaming in your face. The biggest magician and expert in smoke and mirrors was the sheriff, 76 year old Gerald McFaul. Two strokes and cancer have surely taken their toll on him, leaving him barely able to walk with a walker and he lives in Florida 99% of the time. But Jimmy Demora continues with his slight of hand and the sheriff would rather avoid being seen should the general public really find out how their getting screwed. Just collecting a paycheck seems to be enough motivation to stay in office. According the Ohio Revised Code, if McFaul were to be running today for the first time, he wouldn’t even qualify to draw petitions. I am saddened to be a victim of the process that I witnessed on Saturday morning. I hurt in my heart for my candidate -- a very good man and a professional who deserves a fair chance. I hurt for all the other candidates that thought that their hard work would at the very least give them an opportunity to participate in the American dream. In Cuyahoga County, forget that. Bob Grace

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