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  [OH] Five suburban mayors bolt the GOP
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Last EditedRBH  Mar 06, 2008 01:29am
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News DateWednesday, March 5, 2008 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAt least five Republican mayors in Cuyahoga County switched parties Tuesday as part of a carefully orchestrated coup by Democratic Chairman Jimmy Dimora.
This increased the number of Democratic mayors to 42. There are 16 Republican mayors, Dimora said Wednesday.

"They see the dominance of the [Democratic] party structure. You might as well get on the winning team." He said the party-jumping is a backlash to Republican rule in the nation and Ohio.

Dimora noted that some, like Solon's Mayor Kevin Patton, had once been Democrats.

"The lost sheep always come back," Dimora said laughing.
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