Every now and then, a warm and fuzzy slice of political life reminds us that there is a glimmer of hope in the future of civilized discourse. Such was the case today in the Beacon Journal report that normalcy has returned to the Summit County Board of Elections.
The story told us that Cecilia Robart, board worker and wife of former Cuyahoga Falls Republican mayor Don Robart, was quite active in using her cellphone while on the clock. An investigation revealed that she had been on Facebook 48 times in a single day (twice that number over a longer period!) even though board workers are prohibited from taking such liberties on company time.
Well, now. The probe called for a studied temperate response from Summit County Republican Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, a board member, and he rose to the occasion. He considered the affair a dirty trick by Democrats. He didn't call it dirty, asking only: "What kind of crap is that? That's baloney." The reporter said he pounded his fist.
We all know that throughout his millennia as GOP boss for the party of family values, Alex has set near-impossible standards for gentlemanly etiquette for his line of work. He had long rumored that Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic would be indicted for reasons not fully explained. And leaping to the solemn defense of his party when United Way included a stop at Democratic headquarters to pick up a bauble for a scavenger hunt, he once called for a boycott of the charity.There were other times, but we're talking here about more pleasantly controlled moments. As they say in hockey, no blood, no foul.
As for Cecilia Robart, she wasn't pleased, either. In her cellphone chatter, she merely raised the spectre of recalling Don Walters, the Democrat who vanquished her husband, because the new guy ended Rockin' on the River in the Falls. (Last concert Friday night.) She called him a liar and threatened the Democrats with the return of her husband to oppose Walters the next time. Aside from that, well...you've heard enough.
Looks like more halcyon days ahead, right, Alex?