Wednesday, August 10, 2005


David who?

The Ohio First! (love that exclamation mark) group is apparently being run by the Three Stooges.

Seriously, we blew out our milk and cheerios this morning when we read the following in the PD:
Ohio First spokesman David Hopcraft disputed assertions that the measures would increase citizen participation. [emphasis added].
David Freaking Hopcraft? Not THE David Hopcraft? This has got to be one of the funniest developments yet - maybe funnier than selecting the corruption-soaked Dick Finan to be OF!'s figurehead.

Dave Hopcraft was once the editor of the Plain Dealer who departed rather suddenly from that esteemed position. Editors normally don't just up and leave a job at a big paper like the PD. Rumors swirled at the time . . .

Later, Hopcraft become the paid blowhole for the "V Group", Paul Voinovich's company that was persistently involved in scandals and corruption charges.

But, Hopcraft was probably best known in recent years as the spokesperson for the Cleveland Browns traitor, Art Modell.

So, here we have it: the new "face" of Ohio First! is a guy who bolted from the PD under mysterious circumstances, became an apologist for a scandal-ridden politically connected business, and was palsy-walsy with one of the most hated team owners who sold out Ohioans at the drop of a hat.

With the outlines of résumé like that, and with an internet full of data miners willing to uneartch every bit of dirt that might exist about a fella' with a past, we expect that Hopcroft's tenure with OF! will be short - but interesting.


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