Democrats Stick with Berding

A slate of nine people was recommended for endorsement tonight by the local Democratic Party for this fall’s Cincinnati City Council elections.

The Cincinnati Democratic Committee’s endorsement group recommended a slate that includes incumbents Jeff Berding, Laketa Cole, John Cranley, David Crowley and Cecil Thomas, along with former Councilwoman Minette Cooper and challengers Brian Garry, Greg Harris and Wendell Young.

Aryeh Alex, co-chair of the endorsement group, said the CDC would hold a general membership meeting soon to make a final decision on endorsements, possibly late next week.

The endorsement group first voted on the slate as a whole for its recommendation, which was approved, party sources said. Then, in an unusual move, the candidates were again voted upon individually. Each of the candidates received a recommendation for approval, but with varying vote totals that weren’t available this evening, sources said.

Berding, who is sales director for the Cincinnati Bengals, has irritated some rank-and-file Democrats with his budget positions and frequent alliances with Republicans.

— Kevin Osborne

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6 Comments on “Democrats Stick with Berding”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    So it was rigged for no discussion.

  2. moment of truth Says:

    Berding barely got through the floor vote, and his endorsement will be hotly debated when the Central Democratic Committee convenes.

    Sadly, it’s Todd Portune who help get Berding through. He worked on more liberal members of the Nominating Committee. Berding’s billions buy a lot of influence. And Todd is becoming quite the opportunist as he eyes a run for statewide office and wants access to corporate dollars.

  3. yellow dog Says:

    We are seeing a new day in Democratic politics. The Dinos are firmly in the door.

  4. anon Says:

    This might be a very stupid question, but what were Berding’s budget proposals?

  5. CincyJeff Says:

    I see the Democrats will endorse Cranley again. If Cranley gets elected, will he actually make it a full day before leaving Council or will he quit after a mere 12 hours like he did in 2005?

  6. moment of truth Says:

    Agreed. Cranley made a mistake running again. He should’ve got some real world work experience for the first time in his life, made some money, and then come back after a few years to run for something–perhaps County Prosecutor? He’s only 34. Folks are getting burnt out on him running every year since 2000.


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