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Plusquellic says Boehner treats mayors "like crap"

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 22, 2012

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic made news in Philadelphia, where he told reporters U.S. House Speaker John Boehner treats mayors "like crap."

Plusquellic, who attended a three-day U.S. Conference of Mayor's conference in Philadelphia, was among the mayors who expressed frustration with Congress. He told the Philadelphia Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer today that he had a good relationship with Boehner when he served in Ohio, but no longer does. He said past speakers have met with him and other mayors, but Plusquellic has only met with Boehner's staff.

"Sitting down and talking to people works," Plusquellic told the Tribune. "He treats all of the mayors and the leaders of this country like crap."

Plusquellic, a past president of the mayors group, was among the mayors who spoke at a news conference to highlight a new report commissioned by the conference of mayors that urges more federal investment directly in cities. The report is the springboard for a massive lobbying effort in Washington, D.C.

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