I’m not sure what just happened, unless the Issue 3 people wrote the locals a check to back their incumbent “Team” of McLin, Whaley and Williams, but breaking ranks with the Governor and Senator Brown is big.
The Montgomery County Democratic Party, the people who routinely try to (and succeed at) stop primaries, now want to hand a monopoly in casino gambling to a single entity- without any guarantees of performance, with a constitutional amendment. Also note, Dayton, isn’t even eligible for a casino in this plan, doing nothing to help keep people, or jobs here.
The Montgomery County Democratic Party has endorsed Issue 3…
The endorsement puts the county party at odds with leading Democratic officeholders, including Gov. Ted Strickland and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher who oppose the issue. Also, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio….
In a press release on Wednesday, Oct. 21, the county party said that the plan would bring jobs to Ohio and millions of dollars to Montgomery County, the city of Dayton and local schools.
“This plan will keep important money and jobs in Ohio,” Mark Owens, party chair said in the release. “The Montgomery County Democratic Party is proud to stand with local labor in support of State Issue 3.”
If there is, or was a time, for the religious leaders in Dayton to look clearly at the Montgomery County Democratic Party- and it’s undemocratic ways, and call them on the carpet, this would be it.
If you read my post about how Issue 3 bans fish frys – and doesn’t guarantee performance or payment to the State, you’d understand how bad this Amendment is.
It’s time to look closely at the Democratic Party- and ask, is this the party I want to be a part of, run the way it is, in Montgomery County?
Is it time for a new Democratic Party to take over? Or, for a overthrow of the current crew of patronage people and union bosses?
Of course on election day, they’ll now be handing out slate cards encouraging people to vote “for the team” and for casinos. Do you really want to bet on the current horses who’ve sold out to the local Democratic Party to get elected at any cost?