Imagine my mild surprise when I read in my hometown paper this morning that a fellow who is the executive vice president of FreedomWorks, a national Tea Party enterprise, was the campaign manager of Bryan Willams' futile effort to unseat Mayor Don Plusquellic in 2003. The name Adam Brandon was a faint memory, although I did recall that Plusquellic swamped Williams with 71 pct. of the vote.
Brandon, bred in the Akron area and now living in Washington, was slated to speak at the Portage County Tea Party dinner on Thursday and told the Beacon Journal that the national group's priority was to take over the Republican Party! That's hardly a stretch because the Teeps have already lassoed much of the GOP today, scaring the hell out of people like John Boehner that if he's naughty and not nice, they will challenge him and other similarly situated Republicans in next year's primaries.
Williams has already made a name for himself, if not as a wannabe mayor, then as a Ohio Education Board member influencing public education policy while lobbying for a non-union construction group operating a private charter school.
But in promising a takeover by the Tea Party, Brandon is a tad late in Summit County, where all signs of the GOP under Chairfman Alex Arshinkoff have been shifting rightward beyond the margins of the page. If you need confirmation, check the list of the Summit "Republican" party's dinner speakers...Well???
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Now this one is sort of a surprise: E. Gordon Gee heading to the Mountaineer state to serve as interim president of West Virginia University. Frankly, with his golden parachute upon leaving Ohio State University, he can afford to buy the entire state. The real challenge for him is whether he can convert his new campus into the bow tie capital of America! From the experience of growing up in a coal town just north of the WVA line, I don't remember the area as being that fashion conscious.
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There's not much more I dare add to the soaring global tributes to Nelson Mandela other than to yearn for somebody in the upper class of the Republican Party on Capital Hill to be as thoughtful in healing the problems of the less privileged in America. The contrast, say, to John Boehner, who defines leadership as being an obstructionist, is vividly merciless.