Election fever hits Ohio as Irish divided on who will win their vote -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
In Cleveland, Ohio, the Irish are counting down until election day
Lackey’s wife, Eileen, says their children have different views. “Most of our kids will vote for Romney,” she said.
Maureen Moran, another member of the group, originally from Mayo, said she was surprised to see their church turning on Obama.
“When we came out of Church last Sunday, they had a letter there saying you are not to vote for Obama,” she said. “I don’t know who put it [there], but I didn’t like it.”
The entire group agrees that spending billions of dollars on a Presidential campaign is ridiculous.
“They have spent more money on this election, and people are starving around the world, including the United States,” Cavan native Anna Quinn added.
Back in the main hall, the live music has stopped as lifelong member of the club, Eileen Maloney, chats with friends at a table.
When asked about her political affiliation, she said with conviction, “I am as far away from an Obama supporter as you can get.
“I find it shocking that all of these people will support him, because I am tired of people telling me that abortion is just one issue. It is a major issue.
“I could think of a lot of people I would rather vote for,” she admits, but on November 6th, Mitt Romney will be her choice.
The second-generation Irish American said the values of the Democratic Party that her parents taught her to endorse have drastically changed.
She reflects: “I don’t know what has happened to this country.”
Maloney says her religious beliefsare her biggest concern in the upcoming election.
"For a long time I would have said it was the economy, but recently I think we are at a point in this country, where religious freedom is coming under fire.
"I have to laugh, during the last election, there were priests promoting Obama from the altar and now it has pretty much turned around and bitten them in the ass."
Irish American Roger Weist, host of local radio show Beyond the Pale, says that while many Irish Americans favor President Obama, many have strong Republicans ties also.
“There are many people that aren’t as trusting of the current administration,” he said. “There’s a lot of Romney support in the Irish community.
“There are a lot of conservatives and business people who believe the economy needs to be run by a businessman.”
Weist agrees with fellow club member Mark Owens that Election Day cannot come soon enough.
“[Ohio is] the center of the political universe. Every time you turn on the TV, all you hear are political ads,” he said. “You’re inundated with information on candidates of every political party persuasion.
“Everybody seems to be telling untruths. You don’t know who’s saying what and the lies make you crazy.”
The radio host believes the accusatory tactics employed by candidates throughout the debates prevents voters from making an informed decision.
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