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Overheard at the Belmont County Dems Picnic

August 18, 2008 - Joselyn King
Belmont County Democrats gathered Sunday at the Jones Farm in Tacoma for their annual picnic. Here are some of the highlights of what was said there:

* Joe Boswell, regional director for Barack Obama, referencing the fact his candidate received only 22.5 percent of the vote in Belmont County in the Democratic primary election -- "Not by any stretch of the imagination are we conceding this county."

* U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio, told those present the 2008 presidential election "may be the most important of our lifetime. We have seen that America is on the wrong course."

He mentioned having met Obama, and termed him a "classy, sharp individual."

Wilson's name for Republican candidate John McCain, whom he believes to be the second coming of George W. Bush, is "John McSame."

As for his own election, Wilson said he won't take the challenge from Republican and former Belmont County Sheriff Richard Stobbs lightly.

"There are only two ways to run for office," Wilson said. "Unopposed or scared."

* Former County Prosecutor Ed Sustersic wants the job again, and he gave every indication it will be a contentious, bitter battle between him and incumbent Chris Berhalter. He noted that Berhalter was the onlyRepublican to be elected prosecutor in the county "in the last 70 years."

"No one can win an election in Belmont County without Democrats supporting them," he said. "Democrats have no business supporting Republicans.

"I can't think the best course for America is to repeat any part of the last eight years."


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