The Republicans' spin on it was...well, let me quote the local GOP's hallowed chronicle: :
"Just the latest example of Summit County's elected Democrats handing high-paying government jobs to their relatives and political cronies, regardless of qualifications or anti-nepotism laws. Even the local newspaper can't cover up that stink bomb. Outrageous.! "(Bold face and italics as appearing in the original.)One problem with that. Actually, three.
Party Chairman Alex Arshinkoff's brother Chris happens to be the bailiff in the Republican-held Summit County Probate Court. Chris' wife Joan is the bailiff for Republican Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty. Alex's niece, Susan Sweeney, is chief deputy of the Barberton
Clerk of Courts. Only a coincidence?
By the way the website just added a video of the party's Lincoln Day Dinner in February in which the principal speaker, then- GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. claimed the Summit County Party as his own. He mentioned that his strength in his earlier political days was that people didn't take him seriously.
Sorry, Rick, they still don't. Still at the conclusion of his address in which he gave a light-hearted account of a dog that peed in his lap during a campaign stop, Santorum inspired Arshinkoff to shout, "What a great speech! What a great speech! We may have a new Ronald Reagan!"
Not yet, Alex. Not yet.