Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory spoke briefly to the Ohio delegates at their morning breakfast in Charlotte Tuesday; and got a good-natured laugh out of the audience with a joke.
"The dynamics of this election dictate Ohio will decide the election,'' Mallory said. "Hamilton County is the key to that. Cincinnati is the largest entity in Hamilton County. And I am the mayor of the city of Cincinnati.
"So, as mayor of Cincinnati, I am the most important person in the world,'' Mallory said, joining in the laughter from the crowd.
On a more serious note, Mallory said Cincinnati has benefited from $120 million in federal stimulus money, thanks to the Obama administration, "which has put thousands of people to work, including keeping firefighters on the job," and assisting in The Banks development.