Skip to comments.Youngstown's mayor endorses Bush
Posted on 08/24/2004 6:10:54 AM PDT by AllTheRage
Youngstown's mayor endorses Bush Tuesday, August 24, 2004 Associated Press
Youngstown, Ohio - The mayor of this Democratic stronghold known for its steel industry job losses endorsed President Bush's re-election on Monday.
"Although I have never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate, the significance of this election, an election which I view as the most important of my lifetime, has motivated me to acknowledge my support for President Bush," said Mayor George McKelvey, a Democrat in his second term.
Democratic mayors of the biggest cities in the battleground state are one of Democratic candidate John Kerry's main supports. Republicans control the
General Assem bly and all state wide nonjudicial elected offices.
McKelvey pledged his sup port for Bush at a news confer ence. With him was Jo Ann Da vidson, chairwoman of Bush's campaign in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.
"It's a courageous thing for him to do," Davidson said. "It's a very meaningful thing for him to do for the Bush campaign."
McKelvey said he has no intention of becoming a Republican, but he said he might accept an invitation from Ohio Republi cans to attend the Republican National Convention in New York.
In the 2000 presidential election, Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic nominee, received 69,212 votes to 40,460 for Bush in Mahoning County, which includes Youngstown. Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 5-1 ratio, according to the Mahoning County Board of Elections,
State Sen. Robert Hagan, another Youngstown Democrat, said he is not surprised by McKelvey's decision.
"He's been a Republican running as a Democrat as long as I've known him. I'm friends with him, so I'm not disparaging him," Hagan said.
Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 5-1 ratio.
That would make his endorsement even more surprising given the risk to his own position and the likelihood he'll lose support from many of his constituency.
Maybe it's a trend. St. Paul's Dem mayor also publicly spouted his support. Got a lot of press. Could be a motivating factor, or maybe the Republicans are on a mayoral mission?
Anybody got a pic of Traficant? This is his neck of the woods.
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