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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.




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These posts are ridiculous. As a lifelong Democrat I’m glad people are interested in public service. In case you have not noticed the incumbent Madison Township Trustee has a primary challenger too yet you love to skewer Republicans. Last time I checked anybody is free to run for office. I’m glad it’s up to the voters to decide who will represent them not a few political insiders. All three candidates are respectable people but nobody’s entitled to the office. I say choice is a good thing for voters.

Added: January 17, 2018 08:41:00 PM
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Courtney is no more the real Republican party chairman than Wirth is the head of JCIDC, Crisafulli for Envison, or Heiderman for KDH. Dominic Grote calls the shots. He owns Jefferson County and don't you forget it!!!! He figures Norbert is the key to get the county to once again fund JCIDC to so that they can do as they have for the past 35 years -keep wages low. Last month Courtney called a party meeting and put the arm on Norbert to turn the cash back on for JCIDC. When Norbert refused, Dominic told Courtney to teach Norbert a lesson (Lee) and if that didn't work, then Pietrokowski, who is a lap dog for JCIDC would be a suitable alternative.
Nothing has changed in Jefferson county and won't until the Grotes pack up and leave.


Added: January 17, 2018 07:06:42 PM
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The thing is if you run for public office you should be willing to work for it not expect others to step aside so you have a cake walk. I’m all in favor of primary races but I think the higher ups in the Republican Party did a number on Norbert. Its one thing to encourage others to step forward it’s another thing to invite family members to run against your own incumbent. But if Norbert was dumb enough to believe them then that says just as much about him as it does them. I’d say a good portion of the GOP long standers are going to go against Norbert. I think it’ll be a tighter race just because it’s clear the higher ups in the GOP want Norbert out. Plus I think the Dems would rather go against Lee than Norbert. Might be a lot of cross over trying to push Norbert out of the general election.

Added: January 17, 2018 05:34:08 PM
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It is never a smart move by a County chairman to work against a sitting incumbent. It creates rifts that may last forever. This not good for the candidates, chairman, and local G O P party.

Added: January 17, 2018 05:18:34 PM
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Ron Lee is a pastor who lives in the Canaan area. I was told (but have not confirmed)he is the uncle by marriage to the republican party chair, Bob Courtney. Mr. Lee filed yesterday to run as a republican against incumbent Commissioner Norbert Schafer. I received a text late yesterday evening informing me of something I was told quite sometime back, that the party had encouraged a candidate to run against Norbert. I had mentioned the possible primary race to Norbert slightly more than a year ago (if I recall correctly). He seemed shocked to hear the comment. I think it comes as a surprise to many that the party would encourage or at least support a candidate's run against an incumbent especially if there are family ties. Norbert is a kind person & respected by many. I know that Norbert has worked hard to strengthen his party ties & I hope that serves him well in the upcoming race. I would think that who I support or do not support is of little interest to the vast majority of persons in this county. I simply am not that important in the big picture.

I have yet to decide which candidate to support in this race. To say I support Mr. Pietrykowski or Lee or Norbert would be inaccurate. I am unaware of Tom Pietrykowski's platform just as much as I am oblivious to Norbert's & Lees. As always I encourage voters to learn as much as possible about the various candidates, then select the best person for the job.

Finally, I think Mr. Lee will make a "good showing" but I'm not sure he can beat Norbert. The victory will go, as it always does, to the candidate who gets his/her base supporters to cast a ballot. My guess is the nasty post that you deleted & was somewhat overly emotional was posted by a family member trying to "stand up" for Norbert. I do not blame him/her for smacking someone but if a campaign is going to go negative - they should be sure they are smacking the right person/persons & not someone who has both supported & donated to Norbert's past successful campaign. I believe the old saying applies, "why cut off your nose to spite your face" ?

Thanks for asking JB. Tami


Added: January 17, 2018 01:41:06 PM
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While it’s true Norbert alienated many of his supporters ; it’s not true that I wrote the previous comment/s. As readers know I sign my posts. Readers are also aware I have not posted in quite sometime. However one thing I always suggested in the past is if you want the conversation to stop, it is best not to keep talking . In other words if you support Norbert, are his spouse, friend or whoever, Simply be honest with readers & post your name. If you are proud of your support for any candidate it’s best to let others know who you are and why you believe that candidate deserves their vote. Taking the low road & criticizing private citizens is not an effective campaign strategy and further strengthens “loose lips” point. I can’t tell you why the Republican Party did not discourage a primary race for an incumbent. I have been told that the party chairs wife is the niece of Mr. Lee’s wife - essentially Mr. Lee is his uncle by marriage. Maybe it’s a family thing, maybe politics.

Admin reply: who is mr. lee?


Added: January 17, 2018 12:07:37 PM
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Norbert has been known to have “loose lips” which continue to cause him problems. He has conducted himself with a jr.high mentality where he can’t find a clique to belong to. Talking bad about others instead of concentrating on county business has caught up with him around the county. Even if he wins the primary, it will be a tall order for him to defeat Mr. Pietrykowski in the general election.

Added: January 17, 2018 08:45:15 AM
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Norbert didn’t even win but by a few hundred votes and he wouldn’t have won without all the help he got from the golden girl and Wynn. He might pull out the primary if Democrats don’t switch over to get Lee against Tom. I think they’d feel better about him against Tom then Schafer. Heard the Republican Party chair is related to Lee somehow. Wonder if they passed Norbert the KY Before asking him to bend over?

Added: January 17, 2018 08:28:00 AM
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Norbert’s broke a lot of promises and lied to a bunch of people. The job went to the guys head. Ron’s a nice man with a big family and this might be a tight race. I think Nate Adams is his son in law. What goes around comes around and Norbert deserves what he gets. Should be interesting since I heard Norbert’s original campaign team dumped him months and months ago. One things for sure Norbert shouldn’t have gone around telling everybody he needs the job for the insurance and extra money.

Added: January 16, 2018 08:24:02 PM
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Looks like the Republican Party’s getting ready to shaft old Norbert. He’s got a primary race. Lee’s probably the better choice between all.three.

Added: January 16, 2018 07:11:59 PM
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