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Cuyahoga Co. Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones Uses County Employees as Personal Chauffeurs

May 27, 2010 at 11:59 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

If he was a Republican, do you think that Henry Gomez and Mark Puente would have waited until the headline and 7 other paragraphs were written before mentioning Jones is a Democrat?:

Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones has broken a promise he made two years ago to stop using county drivers as his personal chauffeurs.
Jones, in the heat of a 2008 re-election battle, pledged to drive his own car or take public transportation to and from work. He cast his decision as a way to help the county save money.

But Jones confirmed Wednesday that he calls for a ride back to his Shaker Heights home several evenings each month. Jones also said he sometimes requests a county employee to pick him up at home in the morning and drop him off at a county-related assignment.

“I think I’ve been pretty faithful to what I pledged,” he said in a telephone interview.

The Plain Dealer questioned Jones after obtaining audio recordings of a call Jones made this month after a driver from the county’s Protective Services Division was not waiting for him outside the county’s downtown administration building. After that call, Sheriff Bob Reid said he asked the commissioner to stop calling that unit for rides home.

“I called him to say we’re very shorthanded,” Reid said. “I would appreciate not giving him rides.”
Jones never identified himself as a county commissioner, but the well-known Democrat did provide his full name, according to the tape. The dispatcher, in a subsequent call, described Jones as “irate.” Jones sounded agitated in the recording, but did not raise his voice.

But Jones confirmed Wednesday that he calls for a ride back to his Shaker Heights home several evenings each month. Jones also said he sometimes requests a county employee to pick him up at home in the morning and drop him off at a county-related assignment.

“I think I’ve been pretty faithful to what I pledged,” he said in a telephone interview.

The Plain Dealer questioned Jones after obtaining audio recordings of a call Jones made this month after a driver from the county’s Protective Services Division was not waiting for him outside the county’s downtown administration building. After that call, Sheriff Bob Reid said he asked the commissioner to stop calling that unit for rides home.

“I called him to say we’re very shorthanded,” Reid said. “I would appreciate not giving him rides.”
Jones never identified himself as a county commissioner, but the well-known Democrat did provide his full name, according to the tape. The dispatcher, in a subsequent call, described Jones as “irate.” Jones sounded agitated in the recording, but did not raise his voice.

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  • Andrew T.
    Matt, I know it is your job to form harsh and over the top opinions from a partisan viewpoint. That's what the people who visit your blog want to read. But you couldn't be more off the mark in making this story a "liberal media" argument. The corruption of Cuyahoga Co. Democratic officials (who, by the way, make up more or less every elected official up there, a fact that is known by 99.9 percent of all Cleveland area residents and expatriates, which might explain why it is presented later in the article) has been more than well documented by both Gomez and Puente. Respectully,
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