by Kyle Swenson
The Bill Mason pile-up continues. Ever since a certain local weekly newspaper blew-up the county prosecutor’s spot, media attention has zeroed in on the region’s reining Democrat. The latest report coming from the Plain Dealer’s Mark Puente fingers Mason for accepting a hefty amount of campaign donations from individuals involved in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe.
According to the paper, Mason pocketed around $30,000 from 10 donors charged or implicated in the Feds’ slash and burn of county government, including Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo, and cronies J. Kevin Kelley and Ferris Kleem (if you haven’t yet, bounce over to Scene’s “FBI Wiretap Uncensored” to read the charming chit-chat between these characters).
The amount makes up about 13 percent of Mason’s total campaign stash. He has not made any moves to dump the tainted funds, unlike Democrat county executive candidate Ed Fitzgerald.
In perhaps an indication of his increasingly crumbled public persona, Mason didn’t even step-up to address the PD’s information. No comment. No flackery. Nothing. If he thinks pretending this isn’t happening helps his cause, he’s wrong. We’re paying the guy's salary with our tax money and he can’t step forward to address allegations. Must be too busy.
The implications just keep dumptrucking on Mason. Suburban officials have stepped forward to say they clued Mason in to the county corruption scams and he did nothing. On Saturday the PD hit Mason with another accusation, this time coming from County Coroner Frank Miller: Mason and his number two Steve Dever allegedly asked Miller to hire Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne in exchange for help on Miller’s campaign. That time Mason deigned to deny the allegation in an email.
Tick tock . . .