From Mike McIntyre in the Plain Dealer today regarding Ohio Republican Party chair and former Cuyahoga County Board of Elections chair Bob Bennett‘s reaction to the selection of Pat McDonald (which happened in part because BOE member and Republican Jeff Hastings in McDonald voted for it) as assistant director of the BOE:
“Pat McDonald is a political opportunist,” Bennett wrote in a statement released after the hiring. “He conveniently switched his political affiliation in the past and publicly supported Democrats for statewide office last year.”
Bennett calls the board’s hiring of McDonald “political payback” (though one of the board’s two Republicans, Jeff Hastings, signed off on the hiring to give it a board majority.) He said two rock-ribbed Republicans – State Sen. Bob Spada and Dana Walch, director of elections in the secretary of state’s office – were both passed over despite better qualifications
“This stinks of partisan politics,” he wrote in an e-mail that didn’t have the faintest whiff of partisanship.
Why does Bennett say this stuff? He really can’t hear how those criticisms related to switching parties and not voting for Sandra O’Brien (because McDonald, like pretty much the rest of Ohio – including plenty of other registered Republicans, didn’t find her to be qualified in comparison to Richard Cordray) will come back to haunt him?
Whatever. Such attitudes and failure to realize the illogical nature of what one says is precisely why he isn’t at the BOE anymore.
Who is Pat McDonald?
I don’t know much and didn’t turn up much in five minutes googling. But he was Deputy Treasurer under Republican Ohio State Treasurer, Jeannette Bradley. Sounds as though he’s stayed on under Rich Cordray, but I don’t know for sure how if at all his role has changed.
My concern? What’s he know about our county? I just don’t know the answer to that. Maybe someone will add to this in the comments.