Richard May, the GOP sacrificial lamb ... I mean, nominee ... for the 9th Congressional District, says he'll be avoiding Lucas County for two months to express his disapproval of the way Republican Party Chairman Jon Stainbrook conducted the June 11 central committee meeting.
One thing I've learned about Richard May is he's a man of many words.
Here's his statement released today:
May wasn't at the meeting, and is a Cleveland Tea Partier. He discussed the event with Bill Delaney. He didn't talk to Stainbrook.
The Lucas County Republican Central Committee meeting was to elect the chairman, and Jon Stainbrook easily won re-election. That's because he's good at running a slate of central committee candidates in the primary election, which was held May 6.
The outcome of the meeting, held last week in the Premier banquet hall on Heatherdowns Boulevard, was in doubt the way a presidential nominating convention is in doubt. Meaning, not at all.
But the conduct of the meeting was somewhat of a surprise.
Bill Delaney’s supporters, who appear to motivated more by hatred of Stainbrook than loyalty to the Republican brand, came ready to make trouble, and that’s what they did.
Stainbrook came with security guards hired - bouncers in tight black T-shirts - ready to reply whatever mischief was planned.
Given those conditions I guess the outcome was predictable.
You can view the behavior of people involved from some of the video that’s been posted.
It includes Toledo Tea Party's John McAvoy yelling from the spectator section in the back of the room until security guards tell him to leave.
It includes Dennis Lange, a former Board of Elections employee, yelling at security guards and then being shoved out the front door by a goon with the word "security" on the back, and then sitting on the floor in the doorway while he continues to argue with this same bouncer.
Ron Johns’s video catches the shove and Lange falling backward.
The video informs us that Lange had been to the hospital the day before and "underwent heart surgery just months earlier."
Obviously these security people couldn’t have known that Lange had a heart condition. The photo that ran in The Blade the next day showed Lange in a vein-popping rant at what appears to be a police officer moments before he got thrown out.
Johns calls these goons "Nazis," which they aren’t. Can we stow the over-the-top language?
At the same time, this wasn’t a rock concert and Stainbrook would do well to apologize to the Lucas County Republican Party for the behavior of his hired security squad.
Yeah, they were provoked, but resisting provocation is the job of a professional law enforcement officer.
This event recalls a famous nominating convention - the Democrats, Chicago, 1968 - with Delaney's supporters playing the Yippies and Stainbrook the role of Mayor Daley.