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Monday, April 14, 2008

More on the "deal"- breaker

It looks like things are intensifying in the effort to squash the "deal" between the Democrats and Republicans.

Tom Luken, former congressman and former Democratic Party Chairman, sent this terse e-mail to current party chairman Tim Burke.

And GOP leader Alex Triantafilou gives his take on his blog.

Dear Tim,

You have been widely criticized for allegedly cutting the voters out of the November election for County Commissioner, and for refusing to signify your consent to the candidacy of independent Democrat Dole who wants to provide opposition for Republican Hartman. Attached is a motion for the April 21 organizing meeting of theCentralCommittee in favor of Trustee Dole's endorsement.

We hereby make the
following proposal to cut the lawyers out of the procedures in the Central Committee handling this vote on April 21, for three reasons: 1) You are apparently assuming that you will chair the meeting which will vote on Dole, despite your repeated public statements of categorical opposition to his endorsement. 2) The present status of rules is problematical because the new Central Committee has just been certified (April 5) and has not adopted rules, and 3) the Byzantine rules of the Central Committee as they have been interpreted by you recently are suspect, to say the least.

We suggest that you publicly agree (immediately because of time restraints) that the attached Dole endorsement motion be voted on at theApril 21 meeting, up or down with no amendments, and that such a vote be taken before rules are adopted, and that the portion of the meeting wherein this endorsement is considered, be co-chaired by yourself and one of us (your choice) who will act as temporary co-chairman for that purpose.

You have been quoted in the media as opposed to Dole even though you state that he is a "respected trustee and motivated" among other laudatory sttements, so we can agree he should get completely fair treatment.

Also you will recall that Mr. Luken, undersigned, wrote you on January 15 and requested that you convene a special meeting of the County Central Committee to consider these same matters (for the reason that under the "rules"of the committee only the Chairman had the power to call a meeting of the Central Committee), and your reply, attached, denied Mr. Luken's request. We were unwilling to submit Dole's endorsement before the Executive Committee or any other committee which is made up of other than elected precinct executives. Your wish, apparently, was to take up Dole's endorsement before the expanded committee consisting of 200 elected by the voters and 700 appointed by you.

This is a packed committee. We should add that prior to the packed committee meet earlier this year you sent two or three notices to the members warning that endorsements or any motions or resolutions would not be considered by the executive committee unless such were submitted in a timelly fashion before the meeting. It is for that reason, and others thast we don't want this extremely important endorsement to be decided by technicalities, construed by lawyers. We read the papers and know that Mr. Chesley is already on hyour side as an architect of the deal.
We want the public in on this now. Copies are going to the press.


at 5:04 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Someone needs to proof Tom's writing. There are so many grammatical errors in this letter. Beyond that, it just does not make much sense...long sentences, incomplete sentences, subject-verb issues, etc. Not a good example of getting a message accross.

at 6:16 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica, the Deal's architect was PORTUNE!

at 7:34 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Who would be defending the deal?

at 7:45 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

regardless - we all get the message - things are getting dirty (and the republicans love it). just do the darn vote and get what you get.

Dole is certainly deserving and a formidable opponent to Hart-less and Portune is well vested via his honest and earnest representation of voters on both sides of the political aisle.

as to losing the chance to make "deals" in the future - which have significantly benefitted the democratic party in hamilton county, whether people want to admit it or not, that's apparently a chance many are willing to take.

Just do it!

at 7:58 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Wingnut is upset because The Little People have dared to storm Timmy's monarchy, and Humpty Dumpty knows that his little kingdom is next.

Please run nutso Coaster Rothenberg, Judge Tryintofoolyou. Please, please, please!!!!!

You are screwed pal. HamCo stays in Dem hands for years to come. Ditto for the Statehouse, White House and Congress. You are beyond irrelevant to everyone except for the hardcore 19-Percenters.

at 8:25 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letter writing - C grade.
Truth - A+.

at 8:42 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

why won't portune stand up against the deal? like he's threatened by rothburg? portune sure has changed since he has power.

at 9:25 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Luken sent an e-mail? Come on, he barely knows how to turn a computer on if he knows that.

at 9:54 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bow down to the Kings of Hamilton County: Burke, Portune, Vincent(now Triantifolo), Chesley, Leis!

Who needs citizen decisions with these five clowns?

at 10:36 AM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If they have a problem with his leadership, there are other alternatives. To undercut Mr. Burke and force him to break this commitment is wrong." - XXX judge Tryintofoolyou

The power to endorse or not endorse belongs to the Dem's central committee !

How could XXX judge Tryintofoolyou obey the party laws, after all they are the 'culture of corruption, wRong wingnut whackos !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 1:15 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom go away. Please go away. Your brand of politics no longer works. Go away.

at 1:32 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luken is a senile old Lenninist poking his broken blood vessel nose into stuff he doesn't understand with technology he doesn't know how to use. We need a retirement farm for old Dems like him and Carter, maybe a Matrix - like place where they can safely imagine they are doing good without harming the rest of the world. You retired a long time ago, Lefty. Go away and stay away.

at 1:54 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom's brand of politics is alive and well in the likeness of John Cranley. They got Cranley on Council. Next year Cranley will return the favor by appointing Tom's grandson Sam to his seat. It's a lovely quid pro quo.

at 4:51 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anytime you see an anonymous poster on this board calling someone a Leninist, a Commie or making references to Castro, you always know that it's the UselessIodiot or Jim Schifrin, aka The Corpulent Whistleblower, making writing the post.

at 8:55 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is going to wipe out McCain by 20 points nationally, 15 in Ohio, and 10 in Hamilton County.

Voters are rejecting the Repugnicants in droves. Look at the 2006 elections, the 2007 elections, and this year's primary.

The Repugs fund-raising is virtually non-existent and the party is hopelessly divided. Look elewhere on this blog and you will see acidic personal attacks, Repug vs. Repug, between a soon-to-drop-out candidate and a group of unemployed hacks in their 30s living with their mothers. Apparently, that is all that remains of the once-vaunted Repugnicant machine. Translation: Dole will win easily and Burke should save face and endorse him.

at 9:43 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

as if old man luken is the problem in this situation.

hello portune.

your true colors have started to show. after getting in bed with leis you tried to force a jail down the county's throat. then there was a petition movement and you tried to squash it. then you tried to bully everyone into voting for the jail, but you lost badly. then you tried to punish as many people as you could.

then in your egotistical grandeur you started scheming with winburn and burke and leis ways to makes sure you had no competition even if it meant forfeiting a seat to carpetbegger like hartman.

your true colors emerge. you aren't that different then bedinghaus.

at 11:30 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luken is spot on in truth on the topic of backroom deals. Check Burke's perrenial cast of Executive material. Nice folks, but too loyal to the goosestep of boss burke. Gwendonuthin' McFarlin has had the same deal for years under Timbo's lizardship. Don't know who gets to vote but you are sure to know Timbo's making calls to keep you in line if you work with him in some way. Dem party is spineless can't stand up except for few. Don't like old man Luken but he's right about the wrongness of these deals. If he's this adamant, then the Luken machine has come alive. And no one wants to be in the way of those cranky assed b**stards. MarkMayor

at 8:15 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else get a headache trying to read this letter?

at 10:31 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous DC said...

So Tommy Luken doesn't want this determined by lawyers . . . like Tommy Luken (J.D. 1950 Salmon P. Chase Law School).

He probably sent his message through "the tubes" because his phone was broken after he threw it at a former staffer.

at 11:36 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply amazing how many of you bloggers think this (no vote) deal is a GOOD deal.
When did public votes become a bad thing in USA?

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