Skip to comments.Truth-telling, at Long Last (Dem mayor speaks in favor of W)
Posted on 09/01/2004 6:44:15 AM PDT by Homo_homini_lupus
...[J]ust when I was about to conclude that all is lost, along came a fresh-faced figure whose unblinking candor and old-fashioned perspective are as inspiring as they are reassuring.
I refer to Honest George McKelvey, mayor of Youngstown, Ohio.
McKelvey is a life-long Democrat. But last Tuesday he broke with orthodoxy and astonished the world with a ringing endorsement of President Bush.
If McKelvey has strong feelings about international economics or American social policy, he hasn't expressed them. His concerns are less high flown.
"I'm still waiting for someone to show me what we've gotten in this valley for delivering 70% of the vote to the Democrats over the last 120 years," he told reporters last week. "Are we not the most depressed valley in Ohio, if not in the country?"
Some national reporters have been disconcerted by this rationale. Judy Woodruff of CNN, for example, asked in a tone of wonderment how McKelvey could expect Bush to help him and Youngstown in a second term.
McKelvey's answer was so direct, so blunt and so completely honest that I am putting in italics:
Early in 2005, decisions are going to be made about closing an air base adjacent to us that provides thousands of jobs and a $100 million payroll. The competing air base is in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Now ... I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I can figure out that there's a Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and there is a ketchup made in Pittsburgh, and if John Kerry is President of the United States, I know which base is going to close. It's the one outside Youngstown. So all politics is local. I'm working for Youngstown.
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Yes, he is finally catching on that what the liberal Dems promise, never gets delivered. Gee, I figured it out 30 years ago...what took him so long, he is older than I am...(chuckle).
No wonder the "elite" Dems look down their noses at flyover country. They know how stupid members of their party really are!