HYPOCRISY THEN NAUSEA
I recently received a mailer from Blake Rear (Republican?), paid for by the Ohio Republican Party in Columbus, with a picture on it showing him and Sheriff Dan McClelland (Democrat) together, both staring at the ground with hands behind their backs, looking like they just peed on the carpet. It appeared to be a posed for picture.
A quote from Sheriff McClelland stated how Mr. Rear has been extremely supportive of law enforcement efforts and narcotics enforcement funding. The mailer also states how Blake Rear has been leading the charge to keep Geauga families safe and through strategic budgeting he has ensured that our sheriff and prosecutor have the tools and resources they need.
We have two other commissioners who vote on this also, not just Blake. None of this is true!
Whatever charge Blake is leading, it is in his dreams! He was never a leader.
Before Mr. Rear was even appointed, commissioner Ralph Spidialeri was the ONLY one who put together a plan with funding that involved the whole community, to combat the heroin problem in Geauga.
Commissioners Mary Samide and Tracy Jemison stonewalled Mr. Spidialeri for two weeks, giving our embarrassed Sheriff McClelland time to hurriedly put together his own plan, that no one saw, so he could get the credit instead of Mr. Spidialeri.
During a special public meeting addressing the heroin problem, which Sheriff McClelland missed because he was “on vacation”, his own chief deputy Hilldenbrand stated the Sheriff has known of the problem for several years and admitted he had no plan until after Spidialeri announced his.
So here you have a Democratic Sheriff, whose lack of action caused the heroin problem to escalate, on Republican candidate Rear’s mailer endorsing him, with Mr. Rear claiming to be leading a charge, that was started by someone else, way before Mr. Rear was appointed to Commissioner.
Can anyone explain this to me?
Brian Johnston (Independent) running against Blake Rear, has a long history as a Geauga Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, now retired. He would be the most informed, sensitive, and action oriented to this issue, not Blake Rear.
Brian Johnston was voted officer of the year by the Geauga Bar Association and given a letter of high recommendation from Sheriff McClelland upon his retirement, so why wouldn't McClelland back one of his own men to whom he gave such a high recommendation? Does anyone smell a political rat here?
I find all the hypocrisy here nauseating! Blake Rear seems to have no problem stealing someone else’s thunder and claiming it for his own and neither does Sheriff McClelland.