Gov. Ted Strickland is turning to one of Cleveland’s top political power brokers – and lightning rods for controversy – for help on his campaign.
Strickland, a Democrat, has asked Forbes, a lawyer who ruled Cleveland City Council for nearly 20 years and is president of the NAACP, to hold a meet-and-greet for his running mate, Yvette McGee Brown.
The event is not a fund-raiser and is a part of series of cookouts Strickland is planning to help re-introduce Brown, who joined the ticket in January.
“Re-introduce” Yvette? But why would that be?
But despite Yvette’s absence from the campaign trail for far longer than Palin was ever gone, we finally have her visible. Sorta.
And who is this guy Strickland is relying on to spread the good word?
He was behind a critical editorial and a cartoon of State. Sen. Nina Turner last November. Turner was the highest profile black politician to support the Cuyahoga County reform issue, which passed and was opposed by most black leaders. The paper called her a sellout to the business community and depicted her in a cartoon as Aunt Jemima.
Forbes was convicted in 2007 on four counts of filing false financial disclosure statements and two counts of conflict of interest for accepting gifts from two investment brokers doing or seeking to do business with the BWC. All of the offenses were misdemeanors. In the related criminal case, a judge sentenced Forbes to a year of probation, $12,000 in fines and restitution, and 60 hours of community service. He completed the sentence and his probation was terminated. Forbes served on the BWC’s investment committee from 1995 to 2005.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t hit any Kasich supporters with a chair.