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Kerry Ohio Staff Shake Up?

Word is the Kerry Campaign has hired a new person to run the operation in center-of-the-political-universe Cuyahoga County, (the Cleveland area for you non-Ohioans).   Is it another false start?

Mark Griffin, currently a partner at the law firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks, will be added to the staff in Cuyahoga County.   Mark joins Vel Scott, whose appointment and tenure has been lackluster at best, counterproductive at worst.

Is this a staff shake up?  Some say Mark will be coordinated campaign director (which would mean he's running the operation for the whole ticket), some say he's Kerry's west side guy, which would mean Vel Scott is responsible for the East Side.  Some say he's reporting to Vel.  Some say Vel reports to Mark.  Some say Vel reports to no one, other than her chief sponsor Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. 

Why is this important?  The balkanization of Cleveland politics (white v. black, west v. east) manifests itself every 4 years in staff decisions like this one, laying the ground work for paralysis by October in the most important voter turnout operation in Ohio, the Democratic Party, the USA, and therefore, the whole fucking world.

Bet you never thought you'd care who Mark Griffin reports to, did you?


At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vel Scott has a lot to learn about how to elect democrats but so do a lot of people. Politics is a very tough business. Let's put our differences aside this time around and get ourselves a new President.


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