After his 1909 defeat, a reporter asked beloved Cleveland mayor and Democrat Tom L. Johnson if he had quit politics. “I am in politics until I die,” Johnson replied. All those votes in his favor, thousands of them, were an addictive tonic. Following eight years as mayor, Johnson lost his bid for a fifth two-year term to Republican Herman Baehr. According to his autobiography, My Story, as the returns came in at City Hall, Johnson’s staff swore and wept.