Update: Privileged few attend Obama speech, with comment added from the Ohio Obama campaign

President Barack Obama's ice cream social Thursday in Sandusky was a sweet deal for roughly 300 VIPs who scored exclusive tickets to the event at Washington Park.
Andy Ouriel
Jul 8, 2012


President Barack Obama's ice cream social Thursday in Sandusky was a sweet deal for roughly 300 VIPs who scored exclusive tickets to the event at Washington Park.

Thousands of others, however, were left with a bitter taste in their mouths, as they were entirely excluded from the heavily secured venue where the president delivered his speech.

UPDATE from Raymonde Charles, a spokesperson for the Obama Campaign in Ohio: "This week's visit to Sandusky was an opportunity for our strong volunteer base in and around the area to see and hear President Obama, who they are working hard to re-elect because they know he is committed to protecting the middle class and creating an economy built to last - one that is grown from the middle class out, not from the top down. And thats exactly why the President came to Sandusky on his Betting on America bus tour -- to explain the stark contrasts between his  belief that everyone should have a fair shot to succeed and should play by the same set of rules, unlike Mitt Romney who embraces an economic philosophy that rewards the wealthy at the expense of the middle class."

Obama's campaign officials earmarked tickets for people who have committed themselves to re-electing the incumbent Democrat for another four years.

Also on the guest list: nearly every single Democratic Erie County official.

Notably absent from the list: two prominent local leaders who have spearheaded efforts to lower the county's debt and reduce spending while promoting the region through Lake Erie and NASA Plum Brook.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Democratic Erie County commissioners Bill Monaghan and Pat Shenigo were staked out in the Erie County office building downtown.

Having been left off the guest list, that was the best vantage point they had to watch the president's speech.

"Naturally, my wife, daughter and I were disappointed that we weren't able to get tickets," Shenigo said. "But we were able to have a behind-the-scenes view. We didn't see the president, but we saw some very interesting things of how the Secret Service operates."

For more on the ticket process pick up Saturday's Register.



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Well Princedenny , it's going to suck even more if Rummy gets elected!!  

Mr. outsoursing of jobs, will run the Country as another extension of the Bush years. Speaking of IDEOTS...Yours is the one that sounds STUPID AND UNINFORMED!  I'm sure you voted for Bush both times ..which was the worst 8 years we ever had...Mr.loud mouth stupid ideot!!

The Big Dog's back

 And you are .............


Privileged few?  Gee...I thought they could only find 300 dumb enough to re-elect him. 


We have to get back to agree to disagree but comments like this especially when conservative want to claim the christian backing is not in line with CHRIST like behavior.  To disagree about President Obama policies is one thing but to call voter's dumb is more rhetoric than factual backing.  In understanding that you may be voting against your own betterment self interests to imply that you would rather the Rich be richer and women to be paid less I understand who really may be the dumb ones and it is not the 300+.  Respect for your neighbor is one of Christ 1st calling for Christ says if you can not love the person you can see then how can you say you love him.    Yes I respect atheist.

car 54

   Shenigo and Monaghan know Grubbe only supports real Democrats! 

Erie Countian

Y'know what? It's all politics American-style. I don't agree with how it was all handled, but how about we all just get over it and move on?


 20 hour a week Tom! Your tax dollars Working  part time for you! 


I think the Register's description of the feelings of the 1000's who attended as being left with a "bitter taste in their mouths" is not accurate.  What, did they take a poll or something?

I was there among those 1000 people and did not hear that from anyone I talked to.  Most were excited and happy to be there.  A better description of people's feelings who attended was expressed by Mr. Shenigo who said his family was "disappointed" about not being invited. 

Many people were disappointed and would have loved to attend, but still wanted to participate and watch whatever they could first hand.  Unfortunately, because the security around our President has to be so tight, we were unable to even watch from afar, because of the bumper to bumper bus barricade that was built around the event site. 

It was very interesting to watch the secret service, other law enforcement and air security during this event.  They did an impressive job!

What I experienced was the excitement of the crowd of people who waited patiently for his entourage to pass, so that we could show our support and encouragement for him.  There were a handful of protesters, but they were few compared to the supporters.


It really is time to move on people!    That "privileged few" does not seem accurate to me either!


"Erie Countian says"    I could not agree with you more about moving on.

I think the SR has found an issue here dividing a strong Democratic Party in Erie County. They are not being anti Democrat they just want to keep this controversy going on front page and in big print headlines for it sells papers.

Willing to bet there is an editorial out there in the making so as to keep the controversy at a fever pitch.

Another good example is today they put Ferrell's pic right square on this electronic version of the paper. There is probably no other Democratic office holder who will attain such controversy than Tom Ferrell. SR does not like this guy and can't wait to see him defeated and put out to pasture. It's not SR wants a Republican they just don't want Tom Ferrell no matter what his politics. 

Then to call Sam Artino for comment.........again the SR is playing it for they know darn well no other Democrat will be lose of mouth to blurp out the wrong thing. He is known to have a hot temper and speaks too many times before he thinks.

So this whole issue makes good headlines and it just keeps reinventing itself everyday with a new twist that can make headlines in the SR.

I was not happy with the way all this was done either BUT I will handle that off the front page of the SR and I will demonstrate my distaste in how I donate, how much if any I work and how hard I work.

Bottom line it's time to close up this discussion in the public eye and get it off the front page of the SR or anywhere inside the paper. Any and all dsicussions should be behind closed doors in Demcratic Party settings.  



Captain Gutz



Some questions:

Do you subscribe to the Sandusky Register?

Do you believe Tom Ferrell has done a good job as County Commisioner?

Do you understand the reason the Register calls Artino is because he is the only one who will comment? Do you think the Register should waste their time by calling people who they know will not comment?

Do you believe that people who are not members of the Democratic Party have any interest in what the Democratic Party has in store for them?

Do you feel that your party has done a disservice to its rank and file?



Julie R.

The fact that somebody was low enough to leave two of the county commissioners off the list ~ specifically the ONLY ones that have actually done something for the betterment of Erie County ~ but not good 'ole buddy Tom Ferrell should tell people something by now.

As an afterthought, isn't Mr. Monaghan related by marriage to Baxter? If so, Baxter sure doesn't put too much stock in family either, does he?



Sure, there were some local elected officials and party members at the rally Thursday, but the far majority were just Mr. or Mrs. John Q. Public who answered the call to get involved with the campaign by making phone calls, knocking on doors, or hosting campaign workers.

Time to move on, Matt and Andy.

Friday's Register was one of those rare editions worth tucking away in a drawer to look back upon as the years pass.  Great coverage of a historic day in our city !

Dragging out this aspect of the story in Saturday's edition is unworthy of an award winning newspaper.


Well Reese...I was there amongst the people who got called personally , who had to step to the side because their names were not on the list, after they were told that they were chosen to see the President.They waited till everyone was in the park that was picked, only to be told to go home. No more room in the Park. We have our 300 people.

There were many I saw who were upset. they felt they were lied to by the Local Democratic party people.

The Paper is right to print that there was upset people, because I was standing near them.

Mrs. Grubbe made sure her friends and relaitves got in to see the President while others  were turned away. Sounds like a little nepatism going on !  

I personally think it was handled unprofessionally. I never thought the Democratic Party would treat their people so shotty. Short notice on his arrival, and then we find out the VIP people who attended were already picked before hand by the VIP officials!!! 


Interesting I see words like priviliged, ranked, and vip. Hmmmm who's thinking of the middle class now?



Your so right bluedot!  They ran it like a republican based government. The big shots ran the show!!! LOl  

Swamp Fox

Great to watch the infighting, its like two vultures fighting over the carcass just in time to see the truck run over them.


3 lawyers and 1 of their wives who have their office in seneca county scored tickets.   yep, the privilaged.

Swamp Fox

This is like watching an alligator fight a crocodile fight for the the last bite of spoiled carcass.


How many of you commenting on this rag of a newspaper's stories, and that's just about the best way to describe what they write, were actually involved in the creation and delivery of this event?  Was the Register?  Was Andy?  Was Matt?  How many of you that are complaining about the privileged few know what went into the planning of this?  I haven't seen one person complaining on here say they knew the details of how this all happened.  And you actually believe the Register?  Come on, show some intelligence. Not everyone in Sandusky is this stupid.  


 While I am one of those "evil right wingers", I do applaud Commissioners Shenigo and Monaghan for their efforts to reduce the county's debt, while also looking to cut spending.  


I'm impressed that your efforts compelled the President's minions to hold their grudge against you by not allowing you to attend.


Gentlemen, I am truly sorry you didn't get to see the President....but you did learn one valuable lesson.  Our dear leader is incredibly thin skinned.

The Answer Person



Waa waa waa.  I got no cake.  waa waa waa!


This is comical. "Nothing to see here" Except how the Dem party leaders are the elite and have a good old boy network your not invited to.

The Big Dog's back

Gee, how many of you right wingers were invited to romney's rally? Oh wait, he didn't have one. Must have been at one of his vacation homes.


With a font that huge, I think spell-checking before you post is a good idea. (Privileged) I'm not trying to be mean, buddy, but when I see an article with misspellings or poor grammar, I stop reading. 


I think the visit was all about securing more money and keeping the money flowing.  There are big donors in this area.  The unions are all tapped out spending most of their money on the Wisconsin deal.  Money is drying up for Obama.  Obama spent time with the big donors making sure the donors are still good for yet another round of donations.


Before anyone comments on the President of United States stop in Sandusky and the people allowed to attend this social.  The facts should be had and not just a brain F--t.  I would hope that any President visiting an outdoor event the public would 1st want him/her to be secured.  I would wonder in this comment did you ask the question when the "MITT" had a smaller session and then complained of the cookies.  How were those people chosen to sit and talk with the "MITT".  Yet everyone on the Register thought wave finds fault with the President stopping in Sandusky.  Suggestion to the President if he decides to come back to Sandusky would have been appropriate instead of this rhetoric of what thoughts of who where allowed and not the facts as to who were allowed in this small setting.


Fair and balanced

Smell the reek of the slanted journalism of the Register.


Matt Westerhold

Re: Comment from Fair and balanced
Smell the reek of the slanted journalism of the Register.

Dear Fair and balanced:

Thanks for joining the reader comment section at sanduskyregister.com, and thanks for your recent comment.

I'm curious, however, whether you could be more specific. Your suggestion that readers should "smell the reek of slanted journalism" seems a bit of a cheap shot made without any specifics. It seems like a blanket statement to diminish the hard work of hardworking people without backing up the statement's harshness with any information.

Maybe I'm wrong. But these journalists are so often accused of being biased against conservatives, and now you are suggesting they might be biased against President Obama? It just doesn't seem fair, especially from a person who is calling for fairness. But, as I said, maybe I'm wrong. The vagueness of your statement, however, seems to be slanted against people who are simply doing a difficult job attempting to get information from multiple sources, each of whom is seeking to spin it toward one angle or another.

I'd be interested in your thoughts.

Matt Westerhold


Matt if you're really curious about your bias reporting,  listen once again to your video with Shaun Bickley after his arrest on the islands, it was sickening. I'm also curious, do you think that was fair to the police, or were you catering to Bickley at the expense of the truth, and mocking the "fhardworking people" in law enforcement.  I am very interested in your response

Matt Westerhold

Thanks for your comment dontcare. Given that the state and local agencies involved in the citations that were issued have improperly withheld information about the operation and investigations that led to the citations, I'm just not sure why that reflects the "biased reporting"  you suggest.

Perhaps it might be more prudent to be more concerned that these agencies are, in all likelihood, unlawfully keeping public records from the public they serve, hidden and secret, after taking police action on behalf of taxpayers. But that's just the view from here.

You are certainly entitled to your opinion even if you and I disagree. I'm pleased the Register has given you a place where you can express your opinion. Here's a link to the "Between the Lines" program with Shaun Bickley to which you referred. All previous "Between the Lines" programs are available for on-demand viewing from this link

I'll look into whether Bickley is open to a return appearance on "Between the Lines" this week, since it's still unclear whether the second planned Barge Party is going to happen given the state action that occurred at the first Barge Party last month.  


Julie R.

So how many of these privileged people actually went to war and fought for this country?

car 54

   Does anybody know why the Mayor or Vice-Mayor of Sandusky wasn't invited? 



Hey look, the Democrats gave a party and there were those who were not invited. Why all of the crying? I think the Registers article is a very slanted presentation and some of the comments here inappropriate!

And to the Democratic Party and Amy Whatshername: The Party did a bad thing! President Obama is the peoples President and you had no right to exclude or include anyone because of party affiliation. It gave the "Party" a black eye. Tell me that you could not have arranged for him to appear at Strobel Field and have a REAL party!

This was not a call made by the President. It was likely planned by the Erie County Democratic Party headed by Amy Whatshername and if I were to blame anyone for this, it would be her. I will still vote for Obama anyway. He simply makes the most sense, regardless of the Sandusky Ice Cream Social!



Taxed Enough Already

 I want to know if the county employees that were sent home for 1/2 the day on Thursday were paid for that time?


 Really???? Are you kidding me!!! Great writing Andy! Typical. You are such a suck up! Get a clue bud. You need to start thinking before you put this lousy crap in writing. You are just a puppet like I thought you were!

Swamp Fox

little mut, were you invited, guess not Dick Celeste took care of that.

The Big Dog's back

 I've already met the President.

Swamp Fox

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This video is very misleading! The cover of the video is not even IN the video,there is NO VIDEO of Obama at all.


Julie R.

Retiree posted this on the wrong story:

"This has been going on for years in the United States. What is so different now? Ever since I can remember certain people always got preferential treatment. These people never fought in wars. It was not the elite people that protected your freedom. It was the middle-class and the poor. The area veterans and "purple heart" recipients should have gotten front row seats, not Baxter and Murray Jr. I am a Democrat and always will be, but I sure would not like rubbing elbows with that class of people.

I wonder if any of the 300 told the President what they ever did for this country."

The Big Dog's back

 julie r, this isn't Nazi Germany.


 It was interesting to see places like Maumee and Parma holding public rallies while Sandusky held a private rally for the so-called "elite".  That perfectly illustrates the problems in Sandusky.  Good job, libs.  I'm sure this will be remembered at the ballot box.



Priviliged ?

Journalism degree from Gary's Home School and Bait Store?  

Priviliged? I think there's a typo in the headline.

Matt Westerhold

 Thanks for the heads up on the typo, pcplayer. It's been fixed. 



Re:Thousands of others, however, were left with a bitter taste in their mouths, as they were entirely excluded from the heavily secured venue where the president delivered his speech.


Bitter taste?

The first question a good reporter would have asked: "Are you a registered voter"?




bored reader


The first question a good reporter would have asked: "Are you a registered voter"?

Really? The reporter should ask if someone is a registered voter but Obama and his minions want it to be illegal to ask for proof at elections????? Seriously?


TOP 200 ! ! !  How many know that we just made the TOP 200??  WE DID!  We are now the 200th most economically depressed County in the United States.  What is Obama doing about it?  MAKING SPEECHES! !  TELLLING US THE KEY IS EDUCATION! TELLING LIES!  HOLDNG PRIVATE ICE CREAM SOCIALS!  SENDING OUR MILITARY SECRETS TO CHINA!  What a waste. Citizens are barred from event. Sandusky is already hurting.  We can't even pave our streets. Did he bring money to fix them?  NO!  Did his campaign stop cost us money? YES!  Did he bring any jobs? NO! Has he kept any promises from 2008?  NO!  Has his policies improve our local economy? NO!  Lost us more Jobs? YES! Increased our Medicare Costs? YES!  Reduced our Social Security Income Net amount? YES!  Increased our cost of Living?  YES!  Reduced our quality of life? YES!  Destroyed the standard of living for GM Salaried retirees? YES!  Sold out to the Union bigwigs? YES! Over doubled the cost of Gasoline? YES!  Attempted to shaft the retired military by cancelling their benefits?  YES!  PLEASE! PLEASE!  WAKE UP! & REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!   NOBAMA!


The Big Dog's back

 v v, there hasn't been any cuts for veterans medical, so go get your meds.

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Hey, I understand you cannot invite an entire county wide are. At least John McCann had an open visit, granted he was not president and security issues were not a huge problem. What I see as the major mistake here was, advertising and promoting that the president was coming to Sandusky. This in itself opened a huge can of worms, now if this so called ice cream social were to be by invite only as it turned out and it did disappoint many people, not myself!   The smarter thing to do, would have been to hand out the tickets quietly, hold it in a hall large enough for 300 people like one of the new ones at Kalahari, let only those in with a ticket and advertise that it was by ticket only so the place was not flooded and let the president tell all the people who planned to vote for him anyway what he wanted them to hear.   The problem was that the organizers were just baiting the public and it backfired on them! Shame on that team.....


They majority of the posters complaining are republicans.

They along with an employee that did not win a spelling bee are only in the game to stir the poop.

I was at a location that was cancelled at the last minute by the SS for security reasons; I have no bitter taste in my mouth.


Just Asking

Wasn't the first article regarding Obama's visit that of Andy Ouriel announcing how HE had bugged the secretaries at DC to get Obama to visit Sandusky?  Not that I really think Ouriel has that much pull.

So somehow the decision was made to visit Sandusky - who was in charge of the arrangements and why was it so limited?  It doesn't really matter now. 

I remember as a kid meeting Robert Kennedy as he champaigned for JFK.  Very limited security.  Was able to shake hands with no problem.  And as a junior in high school seeing JFK in New York two weeks before he was shoot.  He was there talking to the unions to avert a strike.  We had to wait 4 hours for him to show up.  Again limited security - but because of the large audience (national CYO convention) he was in the balcony and we were on the ballroom floor. 

Unfortunately because of the killings of the Kennedy's and attempts on others, things have changed and we must accept that.  All because of a few that have such deep hatred toward others whether they are Democrat or Republican, Catholic or Jewish, white or non-white.  They seem to believe that if a person is not exactly like them, then they are evil and need to be eliminated.

I wish that more could have particiated in the event.  But I agree with not inviting some so-called Democrats - those who just change parties because they would have an easier time winning.  Did either Monoghan or Shenigo risk running against Ferrell? 





This video is to create a divide.  I notice that this paper did not put positive feed back on President Obama stop in Sandusky.  If the Register really knew how to tell the truth about anything just maybe the would know that any President visiting an open area it must be cleared accordingly.  Instead of the Register telling the real story on how any sitting President is handled in an open area; the Register instead decided to state a select few in order to cause conflict to get another story. 

Matt Westerhold

Thanks for the comment SheronOH, but I think you are missing the point. It appears also you haven't read any of the print editions of the Sandusky Register during the last week, which provided multiple stories about the President's visit and his interaction with members of the community. This story, the one you are referring to, and the news video included with it, simply provided residents who were disappointed with the limited access that occurred, a place to share their disappointment. It would not have been a good decision to ignore the many inquiries and community contacts Register reporters had on this topic. People who shared this point of view had just as much right to express that point of view as you have to express yours.  


Thank you Sandusky Register for your excellent coverage of President Obama's visit.  I have enjoyed the articles and pictures in your print edition.  Having read all of the articles, I believe that you covered both sides very well.  Yes, some people were disappointed  they didn't get to meet him, but it would have been impossible for him to meet and shake hands with everyone who would like to have done so.  It is still a rare privilage to have had the President of the United States in our town.  Let us be proud, not petty.


 all right wing folks aside, it seems as if the Great Uniter, has divided the local democrat party.  This will be my 2nd time voting for a non-democrat president, but it seems as if this move has shifted some fence sitter to the "wrong" side of Obama's corral

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Here is a good read if your on the fence about what your policical choices, life choices are, and to help you decide your philosophy in life!




Re:Thanks for the comment SheronOH, but I think you are missing the point

He or She is not missing the point you are.

I read the E-paper and the free version.

That may not be the case with all the commenters.

Some will draw their conclusions based on what version they read.

The print/epaper had a good mix on the visit.

The web version IMO looked more like a weak attempt at stirring the pot.




If you filled the entire paper with storys that conformed to the democrats agenda they would be happy. This one story against thier savior has them all abuzz. You must'nt speak of god in such a way the laity of sheep get excited.

The Big Dog's back

 dunny, I think you and your fellow right wingers are upset because it really doesn't bother us "Liberals".



You are used to being stepped on. Used to protecting those who step on you. Its funny and sad watching you protect your oppressors. Any upstanding person would feel affronted by these events, EXCEPT those sheep who know no better.


Big Dog,  all they have to respond with are name calling and insults.


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 Very well said Kimo! This fish wrap is infamous of stirring the pot with slanted and one ended comments! No accountability what so ever!


The point about President Obama visit to our area.  I would hope that this visit was to remind everyone of the "MITT" take on the middle and poor class.  To fin for themselves.  To let the register cause a argument simply to create confusion and people on both sides go for it is really very small minded.  There was no privileged few!

Im poor and I know im not privileged.


I simplly want to know who selected the site in downtown. Did they even consider the football stadium?

If it was selected because only a narrowly selected few were to be invited, they should have held it indoors. It would have reduced security needs and costs, as well as been cooler.

So, who chose the site?

The Big Dog's back



"Behead the rich and send the republicans to re-education camps if they do not comply"

Obama donor heard during the Occupy wall street love fest.



We LOST 31 United States Special Forces troops, many from the Navy SEAL Team 6 that took out 0bama bin Laden.  The Afghan Taliban is taking credit for shooting down a helicopter that was on the way to hit a house of insurgents on Friday, July 07.  Seven Afghan commandoes were also in the helicopter.  I noticed NOT a peep from the AP-0bama or the Register.  NOT a peep from the liberal main stream media and NOT a peep from the white house or the "anointed" one.  Oops, he was too busy on his "campaigning and complaining" tour in his Canadian made bus.  "A step in the right direction?"  I wonder what you liberal crybabies would be doing if Bush were President?  You would all be howling at the moon to BLAME Bush.  The media would be listing all the names of the fallen every day.  Now, NOT a peep about any troops killed under this socialist regime.  The newspapers and live media do NOT want to make the "messiah" look bad!  This is ANOTHER story that is selected to be swept under the liberal "FEEL GOOD" carpet of LIES.  I guess the SEAL Team 6 is NO longer important.  0bama BRAGS about them one day and totally ignores them the next.  Still believe all your liberal news?  How about it veterans?  Is this another FREE PASS for 0bama who came to grace you with a visit NONE of you "common" liberal saps could attend?  I guess NONE of you are so privileged, special and entitled after all.  How does it feel?  You should have used your EBT cards to wager a ticket.  Ha! Ha!  When 0bama learned the owner of "Ann's Place" restaurant in Akron passed away after the "unifier" stopped by, the president called her daughter to offer his condolences.  Here is a tip for you liberal losers and the Register.  Brian Terry, the United States Border Patrol agent who was MURDERED in Arizona in 2010, a true American hero, MUST have "acted stupidly" (Barack Hussein 0bama on the Cambridge police, July 2009).  The Brian Terry family is STILL WAITING for their phone call from the "liar-in-thief" to offer his condolences.  The families and loved ones of the 31 United States Special Forces troops are STILL WAITING for their presidential condolences.  Can ANY of you hypocritical crybabies explain that?  Come on libs and Sandusky Register.  I KNOW you can make up more EXCUSES and more BLAME.  After all, it is the liberal, socialist, democrack way!  It MUST be Bush's fault!  Four more years??  See you in November!  Ha! Ha!

The New World Czar

TP is right, the prez and his spin doctors will cherry pick every sad story for the lap dog press (except the ice cream fiasco seating chart).



Re:Really? The reporter should ask if someone is a registered voter but Obama and his minions want it to be illegal to ask for proof at elections????? Seriously?

1. minions want it to be illegal to ask for proof at elections is a false statement.

2. Why listen to someone complain when they are too lazy to register and vote?




I'm still amazed they found 300 people who WANTED to see him.


kimo says - "minions want it to be illegal to ask for proof at elections is a false statement."

you are so wrong kimo! the justice dept shot down south carolina and now they are going after texas!

"Texas' controversial voter ID law goes on trial in Washington starting today, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other news organizations....In the lawsuit Texas v. Attorney General Eric Holder, the state asks the court to approve its law requiring that voters produce a government-issued photo card....Texas is one of the states required under the Voting Rights Act to have new voting laws cleared in advance by the Justice Department. In March, the federal agency struck down the 2011 Texas law..."

let's see, first the doj says ok to the law and now wants to revoke it???  i guess oidonthaveaclue needs those illegal votes!!

hmmm, i go to the store to buy a pack of sigs and need a photo id but the doj thinks it's ok to elect our prez without a photo id??  what's wrong with that?


Ah.....voiting is a constitutional right buying "sigs" is not


This COULD have been a great event, If Anne Grubbe and her cronies hadn't been so corrupt as to forbid the public from meeting Obama in a community Meet and Greet like was done in Maumee, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Parma and Mahoning County.  Remember this travesty in November and VOTE OUT THE LOCAL DEMOCRATS!

The next time that our area needs help, remember that Anne Grubbe excluded 2 of the 3 County Commissioners, The Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Sandusky from attending.  When we need a grant or other funding, it would be a much greater possibiliy of receiving these, if the President and other government officialS could connect a name to a face and a location IN A POSITIVE WAY.

These kinds of personal contacts have been lost for years in this area by the Good Ol' Boys network.  They are more concerned maintaining control than fostering opportunity for the citizens of Erie County.  VOTE OUT THE LOCAL GOOD OL' BOYS.




Super Judge

 Only a liberal dies in combat! Only a liberal would allow the bullet to enter their body! Only a liberal forces us to say this. Vote Romney!


I'll ask again: who selected the location for the President's visit?

Since moving here, I keep hearing "the good old boys". Would someone please identify who they are?


All the elected officials who are really Democrats got tickets. But maybe Monaghan and Shenigo gave theirs to someone less fortunate...



to all of you libitards that thought america was ungrateful to the middle class.  last year and even through june of this year oidonthaveaclue and the libitards were saying that the wealthiest comproise 1% of the taxpayers but in his speech today oidonthaveaclue says that - "The only place we disagree is whether we keep giving tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% of Americans..."   so, all of a sudden he is after the top 2% not 1%.  how much longer til ol "robinhood" comes after you????  baahahahahaha.  keep drinking the kool aid!


 Matt the "withholding" of information does not reflect biased reporting, in fact that was poorly written and does not even make sense, your attitude, and ridiculing of the police does.  He
admittedly called them rent a cops and yelled the F word while the
police where trying to take care of an issue that Bickley injected
himself into, therefore the citation. Bickely claimed they erased his
phone, why didn't he take it to best buy and get it recovered, you did
not address any of these issues with him. Your attitude was clear,
please watch it yourself and even you would have to agree. If you had an issue with agencies "withholding information" address that, if true, that is a legitimate argument.  Don't automatically take the word of a suspect.  It was clear the police were well within their discretion and Bickley clearly had motive to lie. 

I suppose you agree that his 16 year old son was "tricked" into selling to
undercover agents beer.  I look forward to any future broadcast with
Bickley and hopefully you will look at the facts and not be
intimidated by Bickley and your attitude toward the police will be a
little more respectful. I hope you don't consider that little bit of tabloid journalism (my apologies to tabloid journalsim) as a career highlight. 

Perhaps as a "jounalist" you should be interested in getting the story right.  I am concerned that law enforcment agencies sometimes skirt the law, there are consequences and avenues to pursue if they actually do that. However the print media holds itself up as the watchdog of the community,so it is extremely disheartening when you do something like the Bickley interview, but that's my view from here. Keep the editorial in the ediorial page. 

I do appreciate your approach and attitude to my rather harsh critique.


Matt that was not the link this is http://www.sanduskyregister.com/sandusky/betweenthelines/2011/nov/10/video-watch-between-lines-guest-shawn-bickley?similar

and I have to tell you it was more dispictable the second time I watched it than the first.  Can you honestly say you took an unbiased position when talking to Bickley, really pathetic.