Anyone who doubts that bad news occurs in threes might take a look at the fate of the Summit County Republican Party in recent weeks as 2013 limped through its final days.
In quick succession, three of Chairman Alex Arshinkoff's few remaining groomed stalwarts plunged from the party's honor role in unexpected defeat, resignation or a severe spanking by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Shall we begin on election day in November when Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don
Robart, in his 28th year at City Hall and virtually having his own way in his Cuyahoga Falls fortress for nearly three decades, was defeated by City Council President Don Walters, a Democrat, denying Robart an eighth term?
Four years earlier, Robart was unopposed by Democrats, which doubtless led to complacency this time in which he was said by startled allies to have all but abandoned campaigning, content with the endorsements of the Beacon Journal and the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press and his own notion of invincibility.
But in a working class suburb that leans Democratic and has twice opted for President Obama at the polls, he hadn't left well enough alone. He charged out of the gate in a state of the city address by describing the anti-union SB 5 on the ballot "unbelievably good". There was some disagreement by the voters who defeated it by more than 60 pct. of the vote. The mayor slid farther to right by welcoming the Tea Party rally in his town with overwhelming praise, telling the Teepers that they were the "social, fiscal and moral conscious of America."
Finally, he became the center of attraction in opposing a family rate at the Natatorium for a wounded Iraqi veteran , a spouse in a same sex- marriage, arguing that it would be too costly. Huh?
All of these missteps finally caught up with him to send him into overdue retirement.
Next is the saga of Arshinkoff favorite Bryan Williams, a member of the State Education Board, who was outed as a determined lobbyist for an anti-union construction group running a private charter school. Soon thereafter, including a call from Grumpy Abe that he resign, Williams resigned.
Finally, there's the most recent lashing of Federal Judge John Adams , another Arshinkoff career enabler, by a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for his presiding role in a case involving a public defender. (Adams also was engaged in a long delay of a Akron 's sewer plan, costing the city a fortune.).
Had any of these fellows been Democrats, we feel sure that the voluble chairman would have labeled them "scandals of Biblical proportion". But. alas, they are Republicans, which is the party's problems, not of anybody on the other side.