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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Dimora's Feeble Sense of Democracy, and the Media's Failure to Expose It

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Democratic Party Chairman Jimmy Dimora recently rewarded incumbents for making Cleveland the most prosperous city in America. The party's endorsement meeting took only 9 seconds, with no debate.
After 6 years in the U.S. Army and 2 tours of duty in Iraq, I decided study political science. I wanted to learn how the political process works. These procedures ultimately whether we arrive at the American governmental virtues of accountability, compromise, and effective policy making. In Cuyahoga County, these procedures are absent. There is no doubt that the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party is the ultimate governing party within our area. They are failing miserably. On December 15, the party’s Executive Committee met at Euclid High School to make the party's endorsements for the 2008 elections. As a first time observer, I felt a sense of excitement to see this process. However, as soon as the meeting started, it was over… The slate of the incumbent candidates was put forth with no comments, and no opportunity for any other Democratic candidate to be heard. The next thing I heard was the slam of the gavel; the incumbents were endorsed. The process took 9 seconds. No procedure, no motion, no second, no debate, and certainly no Robert's Rules of Order in that room. The candidates were endorsed simply because of their incumbency instead of their record. The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party is a big fat joke. All participants of a group are a reflection of their leadership. Jimmy Dimora is the party’s chairman. He’s the one who presided over this laughable example of the political process. He should be held accountable for his actions. But then why wouldn't they hold a 9-second endorsement meeting? All of the incumbents have been doing such a great job for our community -- i.e. a loss of 33 percent of our federal funding (thanks Dennis Kucinich), Cuyahoga County's ownership of one of the worst rates of home foreclosures in the country, Cleveland's status as the poorest big city in the United States, etc. Where has the local media been on this? Pick up your pens and paper, put some gas in your vehicle, and drive to events such as these! Your cities and county are falling apart and all of you are doing nothing to inform the public. Clearly the status-quo satisfies you. Please, I urge you to inform the public about these kinds of ridiculous charades. Be the one to do the right thing! Tell Jimmy Dimora, Dennis Kucinich, and the rest of those government officials whom have been incompetent in their duties that it is time for a change. Anonymous

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