Solon Councilman Douglas A. Magill, who is running for re-election during the Nov. 5 general election, offered an explanation last week about some residents’ concerns associated with alleged inflammatory statements linked to his name.
Concerned Citizens of Solon circulated materials citing statements from 2016 and 2017 in which Mr. Magill was linked to in various Republican publications and was quoted in statements that the citizen’s group labeled as “misogynist” and “sexist.”
Mr. Magill said his words were modified within the articles and he has no knowledge of that.
“I have nothing to do with it,” Mr. Magill said. “I’m disappointed someone would bring partisan issues into a race. What does that have to do with Solon? Nothing.”
A communications consultant who does voiceover work, Mr. Magill was the former communications head of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party.
In calling him unfit to serve on City Council, the citizens group referred to statements in the publication “The Affluent Christian Investor” attributed to Mr. Magill in November of 2016, following the presidential election. The article stated, “We had a black President so now we should have a female one; later on, we will need to have a Hispanic one and maybe then a transgender one, or at least a homosexual one. Sort of a checklist of the currently fashionable parade of the perpetually aggrieved.”
In response to outrage over the Donald Trump Access Hollywood tapes, Mr. Magill was quoted in an October, 2016, publication of the “The Affluent Christian Investor” as stating, “I don’t recall as much crocodile-tear outrage over a man’s words since the early days of the ‘feminist revolution’ and the lame attempts and angst by the nerdy guys trying to get laid with their militant girlfriends.”
Mr. Magill, who retired as vice president of Information Technology from Nestlé, said, “We are starting to see anti-Christian bias creeping into Solon politics,” and it is sad.
“I am embarrassed,” Mr. Magill said. “It does not reflect my thinking and is not reflective of the kind of attitude and approach I have.”
He said statements that he does not like women are “insulting” to his wife and daughter.
“I have a Hispanic son and black friends who would laugh you out of a room” if they were asked if he was racist, Mr. Magill said.
The citizens group also took issue with Mr. Magill’s work as a board member of Alternaterm, a crisis pregnancy center. They said they are intimidating pregnant women. Mr. Magill disagreed, stating the organization “empowers” women. The head of the organization is also black, he said.
“This is ludicrous,” Mr. Magill said.
The citizens’ group also questioned his actions and labeled it bullying regarding a segment of a voicemail Mr. Magill left for Mayor Edward H. Kraus when he was going to run for office in 2016. Mr. Magill ended up losing the mayoral race.
“Ed, I don’t think this is the best thing for you at this point in time,” Mr. Magill was quoted as saying. “You’d be in much better shape in four years when I’m looking for retirement property…”
In response, Mr. Magill said, “I probably did (say) – Ed this probably isn’t your time,” Mr. Magill said. “What I was thinking was I was trying to do him a favor.” Mayor Kraus’ job was secure with Cuyahoga County, Mr. Magill said, and perhaps it would be better to run for mayor in another four years.
“I felt from an organizational standpoint, I could set things up, and he could take over,” Mr. Magill said. He added that he is not looking for retirement property and plans to stay in the city.
“We committed to Solon,” Mr. Magill said.
He added that this will be the last term on City Council he is seeking on Nov. 5. “I am a believer in two and out,” he said.
Mr. Magill faces Eugene Mackey Bentley in the race.