Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras and Richard ''Oz'' Ouzounian, Betras' former employee, ex-political director for the county party and once a candidate for commissioner in Mahoning County, declared last week they've found common ground to work together.
They've agreed to keep all future texting between themselves professional, not personal.
They made the announcement in a news release last week.
Let's call it the formal end to the thumb war the two were in before the March 6 primary election.
The texts surfaced in February when Ouzounian released the exchanges to the media along with a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asking the state's top election official to reverse his decision to put Betras on the county board of elections.
In a series of texts from Nov. 15, 2011, to Feb. 14, Betras insulted Ouzounian's appearance, weight and his chances of winning the primary election. Betras also used a number of curse words in the insults directed at Ouzounian.
Betras called Ouzounian ''fatty,'' ''freeloader,'' ''loser'' and ''bankrupt mama's boy.''
Ouzounian called Betras a ''bag of wind,'' ''Boss Hogg AKA Mr. Incompetent'' and questioned Betras' control over the party.
Betras apologized, wasn't removed from the elections board, and Ouzounian didn't win the Democratic nomination. And that was it, until Tuesday, when the two jointly released statements agreeing to bury the hatchet.
''Fighting amongst ourselves doesn't elect a Democrat, help anyone get a job or bring a new business to Mahoning County, and that's what we need to be working on,'' Betras said.
''I have missed Oz's advice due to our falling out, but I'm glad we have been able to settle our differences and I look forward to working with him again,'' Betras said.
Ouzounian said ''friends and family sometimes fight and in politics it can be even worse. As Democrats the ideals that unite us are greater than the issues that divide us, and I want to make sure I do whatever I can to help Chairman Betras and our slate of Democrats win this November.''
They say the real controversy is with Republicans. They say they want to avoid distractions from the work of getting Democrats elected in November.
I say the situation was embarrassing to the Mahoning County Democratic Party and wonder why Betras and Ouzounian thought they needed to announce they resolved their issues and invite a rehash of events that brought negativity to the organization.
Rather, why not quietly mend the broken fence and go about their work of getting President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the state and local Democrats elected in the fall, like they pledged to do in the news release.
I also say be mindful of what you text.