One of the many reasons why things have slowed down on Mad Man On A Great Lake in regards to posts is that the guy doing all the writing has been very busy; and not just at the job that pays the bills. While everyone is getting ready for the three-ring circus called the Republican National Convention downtown, I’ve been around town pitching for the other team. From marching in the Fourth of July Parade in Chester Township to attending a fundraiser in Willoughby Hills for the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP), this writer has been busy; too busy to write that’s for sure.
In fact, that fundraiser Monday, and the one I went to at a Kiwanis Hall in Newbury Township this past Saturday, are part of a slew of invitations that dropped into my mailbox in this election year. The thing on Saturday was rather important since this was the first big fundraiser that a Geauga Democrat, Bonnie Cavanaugh, had for her race to be a commissioner in Geauga County. All this has been going on while the other side was working on how to throw their own big party in downtown Cleveland.
No matter what political party they’re affiliated with, many local officials are betting on the RNC Convention bringing in the big bucks. In fact, at the ODP fundraiser, I overheard a Lake County Commissioner tell someone of his hopes of the delegates staying out there would do just that. There will even be organized tours of Grand River Wine Country where delegates from Hawaii and Connecticut can visit Debonne, Grand River, and other wineries on the Lake County side of the appellation. The Columbus Dispatch recently had an excellent piece about all this (and quotes former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis to boot). Despite all the brouhaha, the article was correct in citing the various problems Cleveland has that cannot be seen in the Q. For example, only Detroit Michigan has lost more people than the Forest City and more than 30 percent of its’ residents live in poverty. Those facts will remain as the news crews and delegates head for the airport and highways.
In a week, it will be all over. Then, the local movers and shakers get to assess how much it was all worth doing.