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February 19, 2012
Salem News

Thorns to the controversy and ugliness surrounding the Columbiana County Recorder's office. Craig Brown was recently accused by a former office employee of deliberately mispronouncing her first name so that it rhymed with a part of a female anatomy. She said it happened thrice more after she told Brown she was offended. He described it as a playful nickname he came up with it. No it's not Craig. It is offensive, tasteless and degrading. It never should have been spoken once - he does claim that the first time was the only time he used the "nickname." What an embarrassment for a county office. Elected officials are held up to a high standard. Last year Brown was accused of making improper comments. While serving as director for the Johnny Appleseed Festival queen pageant, he was accused by a mother of a queen contestant of making off-color remarks. We're certainly not being judge and jury here. We don't have that right. But by connecting-the-dots you have to be concerned. That may not matter at all to the county voters who in the March primary will determine Brown's future. As well they should. That how democracy works. Brown has his supporters and he has his detractors. The county Democratic Party met and said that the latest allegations against Brown left it no choice but to endorse his opponent, Brenda Dickey Myers, in the upcoming primary election. That is the party's right. Not endorsing a two-time elected incumbent is rare. Brown's reaction to his party's decision was outrage. We will see how this all plays out and real quick too with the primary coming on March 6. Brown has mastered getting face time. He has never stood in front of a camera he didn't like. However, this kind of exposure is the kind nobody would want.



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