Former Trumbull County Engineer David DeChristofaro might be the only elected official ever to campaign himself out of a job.
I'd like to claim that statement, but can't. It belongs to someone else (I'm not telling). I am borrowing it because it's appropriate.
DeChristofaro was accused of using county property, equipment and resources to further his own political career, a big no-no that led to him losing the $99,209 a year job he was elected to only three short years ago, as well as cutting short what could have been a lengthy career as county engineer.
He resigned Thursday, four days before a removal trial was set to begin on those allegations, but that doesn't clean up of all of DeChristofaro's mess.
A criminal investigation into the same allegations still looms, as does a federal lawsuit - one of three filed claiming wrongful termination by workers DeChristofaro fired on his first day on the job back in January 2009.
The allegations contained in the civil suit were that DeChristofaro used his office and staff for certain campaign-related activity, including printing and sending thank-you and Christmas cards for Democrat precinct committee members and supporters.
At first, DeChristofaro tried reimbursing the county from his campaign fund, which alerted officials to some potential wrong-doing, and then he later offered a personal check as reimbursement.
In addition, one of his employees testified at a deposition that she felt more like a personal assistant than office secretary, using a computer ''flash drive'' to save campaign information and track contributions made to DeChristofaro's campaign fundraising golf outing and Columbus dinner.
Then there were other allegations of misconduct, including witness intimidation.
Politics 101 tells us not to mingle campaign and public time.
Need invitations, thank-you cards of other campaign literature printed, go to Kinko's (there's one in Niles, where DeChristofaro lives), pull out the campaign check book and pay for the printing. Need to send those invitations, thank-you cards or other campaign literature, buy postage with campaign dollars and drop them at the post office, they're all over.
The situation could have been avoided.
This morsel comes from midwest Ohio.
The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber isn't the only business chamber in Ohio to endorse Senate Bill 5.
It turns out that the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has done the same, much to the dismay of We Are Ohio, a group working to repeal the law restricting the bargaining rights of public union workers.
We Are Ohio spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas said in a news release it's unfortunate the chamber ''has decided to stand with the agendas of extreme politicians and against working Ohio families.''
The response to the chamber's decision from Building a Better Ohio, the group working to keep the measure intact: ''The reasonable and long-overdue reforms we're asking of our government employees will protect vital public services while respecting the ability of taxpayers to fund them,'' spokesman Jason Mauk said.