by Frank Lewis
For a first-time candidate, Chris Ronayne sure knows how to turn a political opponent's gaffe into campaign fodder.
Ronayne, president of University Circle, Inc., is running for a seat on the new Cuyahoga County council. On March 24, Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady — wife of Dan Brady, Ronayne's chief rival for the Ward 7 county council seat — tried to bar Ronayne from speaking at a Democratic ward club meeting. He then posted video of the confrontation on YouTube.
The video shows Dona Brady justifying her decision by noting that Ronayne has not filed his petition for candidacy. Ronayne points out that county executive candidate Georgine Welo — who hasn't even pulled petitions — is in the room. Brady reluctantly admits that, but won't back down.
"The minute she was on film, she realized that she had gone too far," says Ronayne. "It went well beyond spousal loyalty. It was just downright uncalled for."
Neither Brady could not be immediately reached for comment. — Damian Guevara