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Putin’s pet porcupine’s coattails: Darcy cartoon

November 14, 2017 GMT

Putin’s pet porcupine’s coattails: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- President Trump’s election coattails proved problematic for Republican candidates nationwide at both the state and municipal level.

The spikes on Putin’s pet porcupine Donald Trump’s coat proved hazardous for Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie and Brook Park Mayor Tom Coyne.

At the time voters went to the polling booths, Trump’s job approval rating was hitting new lows and Special Counsel Robert Mueller was announcing the first indictments and guilty pleas in his ongoing investigation of collusion in the 2016 election between the Trump campaign and Russia, and obstruction of the investigation by Trump.

A string of white male Republican office holders were defeated by a diverse group of predominantly female candidates who looked like the kind of people Trump would like to deport, strip of their civil rights, or grope, because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

Trump claims Gillespie didn’t embrace him.

In the pivotal state of Virginia, Republicans were virtually swept. Former RNC chairmen Ed Gillespie was so soundly defeated the race was called early after polls closed.

Trump was quick to claim that Gillespie lost because he had not fully embraced Trump or his agenda.

An establishment Republican, Gillespie tried to run a tactically Trumpian type race while at the same time keeping Trump himself at arm’s length. The strategy failed, Gillespie couldn’t escape the Trump taint.

Coyne available to join Trump cabinet.

Brook Park Mayor Tom Coyne made national news in 2016 when he switched to the Republican Party and endorsed Trump. He made national news again when he lost his re-election bid to Brook Park city council president Mike Gamella, an international rep. for the United Auto Workers.

In an interview with The Plain Dealer’s Michael McIntyre, Coyne claimed his support of Trump played no role in his defeat.

“It was a judgement on Tom Coyne. They said they’re tired of Coyne, and quite frankly. I’m tired of Coyne. Trump lost Brook Park by 18 votes. I don’t think you can blame this on my support for Donald Trump,” said Coyne.

In McIntyre’s story, Coyne tied his defeat to tough,unpopular decisions he had to make to fix Brook Park’s financial footing.

Coyne’s former Democratic Party colleague Tim Hagan thought Trump factored in the loss.

“Tom got what he deserved. He was seduced by a demagogue, and he bought right into it, and people of Brook Park said thanks but no thanks,” Hagan told McIntyre.

Coyne said he still supports Trump because of his domestic agenda. While Coyne said he has no intention to run for Mayor again, but added, ” if I choose to, I could run for something right now and I could beat Tim Hagan.”

Brook Park voters said “they’re tired of Coyne,” said a defeated Tom Coyne. With the 2017 election results, voters may also be signaling they’ve also grown tired of Trump.