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Youngstown's Democratic mayor backing Bush
Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 23 August 2004

Posted on 08/23/2004 12:05:10 PM PDT by demlosers

Associated Press

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: bushdemocrats; democratsforbush; gwb2004; mayor; mckelvey; youngstown
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And this town lost jobs.
1 posted on 08/23/2004 12:05:10 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: demlosers
Certainly can't hurt in Ohio...

Youngstown. Isn't that Traficant's area? Wonder who he's backing? :^)

2 posted on 08/23/2004 12:06:33 PM PDT by TheBigB (Sure wish -I- had one'a them anti-shrew barrels...)
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To: demlosers
And this town lost jobs.

Yep... Note they have a Democratic mayor... ;-)

3 posted on 08/23/2004 12:06:51 PM PDT by coconutt2000
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To: demlosers

Was McElvey elected as a Democrat?


4 posted on 08/23/2004 12:07:06 PM PDT by tellw
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To: demlosers

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.


5 posted on 08/23/2004 12:07:49 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: TheBigB

Beam me up!


6 posted on 08/23/2004 12:08:03 PM PDT by My2Cents (http://www.conservativesforbush.com)
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To: demlosers
Holy #@^#! Youngstown?!

That's like Flint.

7 posted on 08/23/2004 12:08:45 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (A gun owner voting for John Kerry is like a chicken voting for Col. Saunders. (bye bye .30-30))
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To: demlosers

I'll bet he's a vet!


8 posted on 08/23/2004 12:10:51 PM PDT by Slump Tester
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To: Dan from Michigan; All

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?


9 posted on 08/23/2004 12:11:04 PM PDT by TheBigB (Sure wish -I- had one'a them anti-shrew barrels...)
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To: demlosers

Ouch, that's got to hurt Kerry.


10 posted on 08/23/2004 12:11:27 PM PDT by agrace
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To: My2Cents; Howlin; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom

Well what do you know........ who'd a thunk it?


11 posted on 08/23/2004 12:13:28 PM PDT by deport ( "fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.")
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To: demlosers

Youngstown is always losing jobs. Regardless of which party is in the whitehouse.


12 posted on 08/23/2004 12:14:06 PM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: TheBigB

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?


13 posted on 08/23/2004 12:14:21 PM PDT by My2Cents (http://www.conservativesforbush.com)
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To: demlosers
This is the BEST "Bang for your political buck" - EVER!

Click the logo to donate to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.


14 posted on 08/23/2004 12:14:45 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: TheBigB
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?

I do not think so. But that does not stop AP from finding random Republicans for Kerry to quote in any election story.

15 posted on 08/23/2004 12:15:08 PM PDT by KJacob (God's purpose is never the same as man's purpose.)
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To: 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.

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?

16 posted on 08/23/2004 12:16:57 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: TheBigB

Don't forget former dem NYC mayor Ed Koch.


17 posted on 08/23/2004 12:21:43 PM PDT by jslade (People who are easily offended, OFFEND ME!)
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To: concerned about politics; All

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.


18 posted on 08/23/2004 12:23:42 PM PDT by olde north church
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To: TheBigB
Isn't that Traficant's area? Wonder who he's backing? :^)

Traficant is in prison.

19 posted on 08/23/2004 12:24:00 PM PDT by SheLion (Donate to Swift Boat Vets. "I" did!)
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To: jslade
Sen. Zell Miller, former Mayor Koch, St. Paul Mayor wassisname, and this fellow have all endorsed Bush
20 posted on 08/23/2004 12:24:21 PM PDT by TheBigB (Sure wish -I- had one'a them anti-shrew barrels...)
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To: SheLion

Yes, I know. I meant it as "the area he's from."


21 posted on 08/23/2004 12:25:23 PM PDT by TheBigB (Sure wish -I- had one'a them anti-shrew barrels...)
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To: demlosers

Wow, there are a few right-thinking Democrats out there. Zell Miller, Koch, St. Paul MN mayor, and now this guy.


22 posted on 08/23/2004 12:25:37 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: demlosers; JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj; GeneralHavoc

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.


23 posted on 08/23/2004 12:26:09 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: TheBigB

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.


24 posted on 08/23/2004 12:28:33 PM PDT by dave k
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To: TheBigB

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.


25 posted on 08/23/2004 12:29:09 PM PDT by mwl1
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To: demlosers

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...


26 posted on 08/23/2004 12:29:33 PM PDT by joey9004
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To: dave k

First Norm Coleman, now Kelly. Is there something about St. Paul mayors that make them come around when they're actually in office?


27 posted on 08/23/2004 12:29:45 PM PDT by TheBigB (Sure wish -I- had one'a them anti-shrew barrels...)
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To: demlosers
I have a great many relatives in Youngstown, and I've visited there dozens of times since the early 70's. I've watched it go from a bustling mill town to a depressed rust belt town, to having health care be its number one industry. They do have an independent streak, as their support for Traficant shows, and they are both pro-labor *and* very conservative. Youngstown is no hotbed of eastern liberalism.

Besides, Hugh Hewitt is from Warren, just outside Youngstown. He must be having an effect on his home town.

28 posted on 08/23/2004 12:31:23 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: My2Cents

Holy moly, if Daley endorses President Bush, then I KNOW Hell has frozen over.( keeping my fingers crossed)


29 posted on 08/23/2004 12:31:46 PM PDT by Lovergirl (Bush/Cheney / 4 more years)
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To: Bikers4Bush
Youngstown is always losing jobs. Regardless of which party is in the whitehouse.

Yeah, it sure looked like it. I had to spend a night there about a month ago for a Space A flight layover.

30 posted on 08/23/2004 12:34:15 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: demlosers

BUMP!


31 posted on 08/23/2004 12:35:07 PM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Lovergirl

It's a big "if." That's why I asked whether Daley was seen at the DNC in Boston.


32 posted on 08/23/2004 12:37:44 PM PDT by My2Cents (http://www.conservativesforbush.com)
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To: rineaux
No matter what he did, he was and still is loved by his hometown.

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.

33 posted on 08/23/2004 12:39:22 PM PDT by gdani
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To: olde north church
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.

Hmmm. According to a FOX ticker, they're suppose to bomb the RNC. Aren't they a little old to be playing bad guys?

34 posted on 08/23/2004 12:39:27 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: kezekiel

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.


35 posted on 08/23/2004 12:42:13 PM PDT by Remole
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To: mwl1
the Democratic governor, facing a tough re-election

Sorry, but Easley will win easily.

36 posted on 08/23/2004 12:42:36 PM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: TheBigB

"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.


37 posted on 08/23/2004 12:51:16 PM PDT by dave k
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To: TheBigB
Yes, I know. I meant it as "the area he's from."

Some say he was a scapegoat.............but I'm not sure.

38 posted on 08/23/2004 12:54:12 PM PDT by SheLion (Donate to Swift Boat Vets. "I" did!)
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To: demlosers

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.


39 posted on 08/23/2004 12:54:22 PM PDT by techworker
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To: demlosers

Must be a vet, and being a vet/true American, he can't support a liar and a cheat! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!


40 posted on 08/23/2004 12:57:59 PM PDT by dila813
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To: gdani

Yes, but he voted the right way mostly, and that is what counts.


41 posted on 08/23/2004 1:06:31 PM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Hermann the Cherusker
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.

42 posted on 08/23/2004 1:09:41 PM PDT by gdani
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To: TheBigB
Is there ANY Republican officeholder over the rank of councilman or somesuch who has endorsed Kerry?

McCain's come pretty close on occasion.

43 posted on 08/23/2004 1:12:23 PM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: TheBigB; Poohbah; section9; Pukin Dog; Howlin; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom; Common Tator; Dog; ...

This is a big blow to Kerry.

The Dems are gonna be ticked.


44 posted on 08/23/2004 1:27:04 PM PDT by hchutch (I only eat dolphin-safe veal.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
Sorry, but Easley will win easily.

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.

45 posted on 08/23/2004 2:36:46 PM PDT by JohnnyZ
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To: Remole

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.


46 posted on 08/23/2004 2:42:59 PM PDT by get'emall (Kofi Annan: Lawn Jockey on the Arab Street.)
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To: FateAmenableToChange
"Is there ANY Republican officeholder over the rank of councilman or somesuch who has endorsed Kerry?


McCain's come pretty close on occasion."


I believe the question refers to REPUBLICAN office holders. McCain is purely in it for himself and not a party affiliate.
47 posted on 08/23/2004 3:10:40 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Kerry broke the faith, pure and simple.)
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To: demlosers

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!!!


48 posted on 08/23/2004 3:15:40 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: gdani

Whatever, Traficante at least provided humor. I'd take him any time over Ted Kennedy.


49 posted on 08/23/2004 3:22:50 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: TheBigB

wassiname= Randy Kelly


50 posted on 08/23/2004 3:46:10 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the piece)
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