The race for Geauga County Commissioner between incumbent Mary Samide and challenger Ralph Spidialeri has been one of the dirtiest I have seen yet, if not THE dirtiest in Geauga County.
What makes it that way is the fact that Ralph Spidialeri is clean, very clean, honest, not a politician, and his excellent qualities and popularity make him a great contender and big threat to Mary Samide.
Mary is scared to death of losing and is unable to find any dirt on Ralph to use against him so she is doing what she does best.... LYING! It seems she will say or do anything to keep her job. She has become desperate and that's when a persons true colors usually show.
A successfull business man, Ralph Spidialeri applied for a business loan for expansion of his businesses, from a county program that helps small business. The county commissioners, who have to approve the loan, review the applicants financial records first. Mary Samide was the first one to make a motion to approve the loan and thanked Mr. Spidialeri for bringing more business and jobs into Geauga. That was before he decided to run for Commissioner. Then Mary started spreading lies, grossly exaggerating the amount and telling people Ralph wanted the job so he could vote to have the loan forgiven. Does she really expect people to believe such a story? Not only is it a lie, but also very unethical as Mary was in a position to see all of his personal information.
There were reports from people stating they recieved bullying phone calls from the Samide camp because they had Spidialeri signs in their yards.
Ralph Spidialeri owns three successfull gun stores.... Great Lakes Outdoor Supply. The one in Chesterland was robbed three times.... the robbers were caught. In one of her recent mailers, Mary distorted these robberies by saying Ralph is "putting guns in the hands of criminals". If any of your homes were robbed of guns, would you be guilty of "putting guns in the hands of criminals"? That is pretty far fetched. It sounds like Mary is trying to capitalize on the high emotional atmosphere from the Chardon High School shootings. DISGUSTING!
In another mailer, Mary compares Ralph to Cleveland Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, as being like him, saying we don't need a Jimmy Dimora in Geauga County. What a crock! Ralph is the complete opposite of him. The fact is that Mary is actually buddies with Dimora, serving on the board of NOACCA with him and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. What a hypocrite. NOACCA is a highly Socialist organization, all about more government regulation in your lives.
It's one thing to tell the hard truth about someone. I don't consider that dirty or wrong. The truth is just the truth. You're pretty dirty when you make up a bunch of lies about someone as clean as Ralph Spidialeri because you're so desperate to win.
My opinion is that Mary Samide is not fit to hold public office. She needs to be thrown out with the garbage.