Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is a man who bartered political favors for sex -- a lot of sex, a federal indictment says.Charming. But what word is missing? Hmmm, could it be any mention of this sleaze's political party?
While previous indictments in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe focused principally on exchanges of money or gifts for political favors, Wednesday's indictment portrays Dimora as a man who exchanged his influence for sexual favors like businessmen exchange lunch checks.
The document is laced with salacious descriptions of sex with prostitutes as bribes, sex with a woman seeking a job and recorded banter between Dimora and people close to him about secret rendezvous, sexual acts and social diseases.
The women that fed his sexual appetite are described as "broads" and "whores." And each time sex was mentioned in the bribery schemes, Dimora didn't refuse.
You wouldn't guess from this story that Jimmy Dimora, besides being an accused felon, is also the former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland and this is part of an apparent crime wave among Cleveland Democratic officials.
The new defendants include Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Steven Terry and Bridget McCafferty, along with a labor union business manager, a contractor and three employees of the troubled Cuyahoga County auditor's office.
McCafferty, a Democrat running for re-election, was charged with lying to FBI investigators when she denied that Dimora tried to intervene in cases in her court. Investigators say she also lied when she said that county Auditor Frank Russo — a Dimora ally who was charged in the investigation last week and resigned — had never approached her about cases....
The indictment against Dimora also charges plumbers union Local 55 business manager Robert Rybak, 53, of Independence, and contractor William Neiheiser, 62, of Gates Mills, with bribery....
Since the investigation of the Democrat-controlled county government began two years ago, more than 30 people have been charged — including Russo's son, Vincent, who pleaded not guilty in July to bribery and conspiracy.
Investigators say the younger Russo conspired to trade television sets for consulting contracts. Other people charged include a former mayor of a Cleveland suburb, county employees, contractors and former school board members.