Just last week, there was the temperamental mayor referring to Falls Municipal Judge Kim Hoover as a "horse's ass" on the front page of my family newspaper. That Hoover is also a Republican suggests that the late Ray Bliss' caution against a Republican speaking ill of another political fraternity brother had at some point been dashed over the Cuyahoga River rapids around Broad Blvd.
The Robart-Hoover feud has been simmering for years. But not until it became etched into the public record for future generations with a vivid alley noun did Robart confirm his own notoriety as a sassy ill-spoken pol. I'll even excuse him for his less physically descriptive second choice to define the judge as a "pathological liar," a term that is even gaining currency in the GOP's choice of a national ticket.
The flash point has been Hoover's successful initiative to move the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court to Stow. The public outburst couldn't haven't arrived at a more damaging time for a county party already at internal odds about Arshinkoff and the dominoes that are falling since former State Rep. John Widowfield, a Robart favorite, summarily resigned his seat in the legislature in May after it became known that the GOP lawmaker was selling Ohio
State football tickets on ebay for a neat profit. (At the time the Plain Dealer reported that he had nicked his campaign fund for $7,752 to pay OSU for the tickets during a four-year entrepreneurial romp.)
To make matters worse, he also quickly resigned as the party's choice to compete for a seat on Summit County Council, after Arshinkoff & Co. helped him in the party primary to defeat Republican Louise Heydorn, a fixture on the council out of favor with the front office. Now Widowfield's legislative seat and Heydorn's on the council, previously comfortable in the GOP column, are in jeopardy. As for Widowfield, he isn't very visible these days. Just as well. There's talk on both sides of the aisle that this could get ugly. Stay tuned.