Sherrie Miday’s campaign slogan is “It’s a New Day with Miday,” but in fact, her campaign is very reminiscent of the old Jimmy Dimora machine that the FBI dismantled.
Most people would agree that politics shouldn’t be involved in a judicial race, but not Sherrie Miday. Her Machiavellian campaign seems to disregard typical decorum of putting politics aside for the better chance at justice in the courtroom. Among other campaign tactics, she is telling voters not to vote for Judge Pam Barker because she is a Republican. Barker is rated 4.0 by Judge for Yourself. She also is endorsed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “the clear choice.”
With $177,000, you can buy a nice home in Cuyahoga County. That is how much Miday’s campaign committee has in outstanding loans. This asks the question, why is she willing to go into that much debt for a judicial seat?
Before Barker held this seat on the bench, it was occupied by Steven Terry who lost the seat after being found guilty of federal bribery and perjury charges. With Jimmy Dimora as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Cuyahoga County, there was a lot of politics in judicial races. And it’s worth mentioning that Sherrie Miday’s husband Ryan was part of that machine. He was Bill Mason’s spokesperson.
At a Cleveland American Middle East Organization endorsement meeting, Ryan Miday’s old political tricks were on display. I have been told by multiple people who attended that Ryan Miday was attempting to jam through an endorsement for a candidate who didn’t even apply for it. Reminiscent of the ways of the old Democratic machine, Miday had some rather unprofessional decorum while seeking endorsements.
Sherrie Miday is a product of the same machine that elevated Ed Fitzgerald in 2010 as their Golden Boy for County Executive. His lack of qualifications are now on display as his campaign for Governor has highlighted his many character flaws.
Will Cuyahoga voters return to endorsing the tactics of the old way? Is $400k enough to spend to unseat a very qualified and well regarded jurist? Why is Sherrie Miday willing to tackle such a large amount of debt for a judicial seat? We will find out these answers tomorrow.