Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Plusquellic, Sutton win "Sexiest Politician" contest

The votes are in at Political Science 216, and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton have been elected "Sexiest Politicians in Greater Cleveland."

The Professor's readers think power is sexy at any age. Plusquellic, 59, was the oldest of the male contenders, while Sutton, 45, beat out several challengers in their 30s and early 40s (as well as Judge Joan Synenberg, who's 48). Sutton's victory is her second in such competitions -- she was named one of Capitol Hill's most beautiful people last year.

As voting trends became clear, The Professor speculated that Plusquellic's supporters were flocking to his site, using the contest as a proxy war in Akron's mayoral recall campaign. But an Akron reporter I talked to recently thinks the surge for Plusquellic was authentic. Female reporters in Akron often gush about the mayor's good looks, he says: "He's got movie-star presence."

I guess I can see that. The mayor has sort of a Sinatra thing going in this picture, don't you think?

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