Skip to comments.Youngstown's Democratic mayor backing Bush
Posted on 08/23/2004 12:05:10 PM PDT by demlosers
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The mayor of this Democratic stronghold known for its steel industry job losses is endorsing President Bush for his Republican re-election campaign, Bush's campaign said Monday.
Democratic mayors of the biggest cities in the battleground state are one of Democratic candidate John Kerry's main supports in Ohio. Republicans control the Legislature and all statewide elected offices.
Mayor George M. McKelvey, in his second term, planned to pledge his support for Bush at a news conference scheduled for Monday afternoon, Bush campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said.
"He believes the president is providing the leadership the country needs with regard to growing the economy and making the country safer," Madden said.
McKelvey refused to discuss details of his announcement to be made with the chairwoman of Bush's campaign in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. The (Youngstown) Vindicator first reported McKelvey's endorsement Monday.
McKelvey and his wife were guests of Bush at the White House last May, after the president visited Youngstown to promote community health centers.
Youngstown. Isn't that Traficant's area? Wonder who he's backing? :^)
Yep... Note they have a Democratic mayor... ;-)
Was McElvey elected as a Democrat?
I don't think the folks from Youngstown like the way their own national party treated Jim Traficant. No matter what he did, he was and still is loved by his hometown.
Beam me up!
That's like Flint.
I'll bet he's a vet!
Somebody answer me this...so far, Sen. Zell Miller, former Mayor Koch, St. Paul Mayor wassisname, and this fellow have all endorsed Bush...all Dems. Is there ANY Republican officeholder over the rank of councilman or somesuch who has endorsed Kerry?
Ouch, that's got to hurt Kerry.
Well what do you know........ who'd a thunk it?
Youngstown is always losing jobs. Regardless of which party is in the whitehouse.
Does anyone know whether Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Jr., was at the Dem. convention? I've read that Bush consults with Mayor Daley on a regular basis. How devastating would a Daley endorsement of Bush be to Kerry?
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I do not think so. But that does not stop AP from finding random Republicans for Kerry to quote in any election story.
The Democrats just keep rolling in for Bush this election. Good.
They see the real Johnny Kerry. They aren't fooled either.
BTW, FOX news...Something about the Weathermen will attack during the RNC. Who are these guys?
Don't forget former dem NYC mayor Ed Koch.
The weathermen! If I'm not mistaken, they go back to the late 60's. Some radical group that robbed banks. every once in a while, one of their molls comes out of hiding to do time.
Traficant is in prison.
Yes, I know. I meant it as "the area he's from."
Wow, there are a few right-thinking Democrats out there. Zell Miller, Koch, St. Paul MN mayor, and now this guy.
Bush endorsed by the Democrat mayor of Youngstown, Ohio? That's seriesly hugh! With Bush continuing to make inroads in blue-collar Democrat areas, the RATs are running out of areas they can carry by large enough numbers to win states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and West Virginia.
St. Paul Mayor wassisname = Mayor Randy Kelly
Still being castigated by all the liberal pansies in St Paul. There's even a pathetic drive to get him recalled because of his 'betrayal' to the constituents of St Paul.
The recall will flop like Kerry's position on any given issue.
St. Paul's Mayor is Kelly. Democrats for Bush gaining speed.
FYI, in North Carolina, the Democratic governor, facing a tough re-election, was "too busy" to join Kerry in Charlotte last week. He can read the hand-writing on the wall.
Watch the other RAT elected politicians. They are recoiling from Kerry, and notice that none of them has spoken up defending Kerry on the swift boat stuff, because they think he is lying.
Ha, take that Springsteen...He wrote a song entitled "Youngstown" about how evil free-trade destroyed the steel industry, on his god-awful "Ghost of Tom Joad" solo album a few years back...
First Norm Coleman, now Kelly. Is there something about St. Paul mayors that make them come around when they're actually in office?
Besides, Hugh Hewitt is from Warren, just outside Youngstown. He must be having an effect on his home town.
Holy moly, if Daley endorses President Bush, then I KNOW Hell has frozen over.( keeping my fingers crossed)
Yeah, it sure looked like it. I had to spend a night there about a month ago for a Space A flight layover.
It's a big "if." That's why I asked whether Daley was seen at the DNC in Boston.
I'm originally from Youngstown & still have plenty of family & friends there.
Don't fool yourself. There are plenty of people in Y-Town that know - and always knew - that Traficant is an ass.
Hmmm. According to a FOX ticker, they're suppose to bomb the RNC. Aren't they a little old to be playing bad guys?
I'm originally from the Youngstown area, too, and visit the in-laws about every 6 weeks. McKelvey is not running for re-election, so this is not connected to any appeal for votes. I hope to think is that what is happening here is the genuine judgment of a person who does reflect the majority of the white-ethnic population and even the church-going black population: very conservative in social issues, but demanding government to solve problems. Such people are against abortion and gay marriage, etc, but are assume that government's job is to provide ME with a job. So I think McK's decision here is more connected to the hope that the next Bush term will bring some largesse to the Mahoning Valley, because God knows that 8 years of Clinton only gave the area some new prisons.
Sorry, but Easley will win easily.
"First Norm Coleman, now Kelly. Is there something about St. Paul mayors that make them come around when they're actually in office?"
Something in the water here!!!
I really think that St Paul's traditional blue-collar population is more Republican that our local media would like the world to think; our leaders know this, hence their 'rightward' turn. They know who 'butters their bread", so to speak.
Some say he was a scapegoat.............but I'm not sure.
McKelvey has been sounding pretty Republican for some time now. Might be nice to see him run against Tim Ryan, but I don't know to which district he belongs.
Yes, but he voted the right way mostly, and that is what counts.
Sorry -- but integrity accounts for an awful lot in my book. And Traficant had/has almost none.
McCain's come pretty close on occasion.
This is a big blow to Kerry.
The Dems are gonna be ticked.
I suppose it depends what you mean by easily. He may win by 5, he could even conceivably win by 10 (that would be 'easly'), but he may also lose.
I grew up in northeast Ohio not far from Youngstown. I think there are a lot of "Zell-Miller-Democrats" in Youngstown (and other cities) that are a lot smarter than tha Kerry Kamp thinks they are.
Isn't Kerry the sports moron who didn't know a wolverine from a Buckeye? I'm sure the mayor is coming out in support of Bush since the head coach of OSU (Jim Trussell)was the head coach of Youngstown State and led YSU to several national titles. It should dawn on the residents of eastern Ohio that Kerry is just too stupid to lead our country!!!
Whatever, Traficante at least provided humor. I'd take him any time over Ted Kennedy.
wassiname= Randy Kelly