Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Wrong Values

Tonight in Columbus the GOP dominated Legislature is set to vote on a $51 billion budget that cuts millions that cities and counties rely on to support police, fire, and emergency responders. The City of Toledo stands to lose as much as $3.6 million. This comes as the Noe Coins scandal begins to sink in...at least $12 million unaccounted for, with revelations of Beanie Babies and comic books among the collectibles seized by investigators in Maumee.

So much has already been reported about the malfeasance of Capital Coin Fund, managed by Tom Noe. Why shouldn't Republicans at every level return contributions made by Noe? How can an elected official justify keeping money that could possibly belong to Ohio's injured workers? My advice to them is to distance themselves now by returning the contributions. Tax dollars have gone missing - state funds are being cut that help our police and fire - you bet I'll be speaking out every chance I get.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank,

While I appreciate your desire to speak out every chance you get, try to remember the saying,
"When someone is shooting themselves in the foot, you should not get in the way"

Just keep that in mind.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Szoiiosi, good luck on you run for office. It's apparent that Ohio's state government has been cotrolled by one corrupt party for too long.

Please be aware the the NoeCoingate scandal is not just a big story in Ohio, it's also being watched closely across the whole country. For example, I live in Las Vegas and have kept up with coverage through the Toledo Blade online reporting. By the way, that newspaaper has done an incredible job, hasen't it?

Anyway, the cat is out of the bag and GOP officials are running for cover. Yhe only question now is how far the corruption goes.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

It is just too bad that some people do not like what you said in Council last night.

We need brave folks to speak out about this outrageous misuse of our funds. Should you be 'oh so sweet' in asking for accountability? Just wondering when Republicans think IS the right time to speak out, Frank? Is it ever convenient to be called on the carpet?

If Republicans possibly had campaign contributions from a bank robber, they would not have needed you to prod them to give back the contributions. Apparently though, this upscale pirateering is OK?

Yes, let them dig their own hole. Still, lets keep the pressure on those responsible and who benefited.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Earl from Ohio said...

Return the Money? Great

but I think they should RESIGN!

Besides, at some point, the courts are going to want to get as much recovery for restituion as they can get.

I've been trying to cover this at Daily Kos and will be launching a new site at coingate.info

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Resign? For taking campaign contributions from a guy who turned out to be dirty? How about all the people that took money from George Soros (who was just nailed for insider trading) resign too? Dirty money is dirty money regardless of which party you belong to. Some folks like to overlook their guy's failings while pointing fingers at others. I challenge every politician to point out corruption where it exists and not just where they want to see it. THEY are the people I'll be voting for.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The republicans have guys that take state money and funnel it to candidates while the democrats have dead people and fairytale characters cast fraudulent ballots. I'm failing to see where one party can be calling itself "better" than the other these days.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

No insults between posters here, I would ask. Keep the ideas coming, though.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Sorry 'bout that Frank.
When folks get together and ideas are exchanged there are bound to be some who refuse to hear other veiwpoints than what they want to hear. As a politician Frank, you know that sycophants are a dime a dozen and serve no purpose other than to inflate egos and ride coattails. I give my opinion as neither a democrat or a republican but as a citizen of this city. Do right by the citizens and I'll let it be known. Do wrong and I'll let that be known too. It's my duty to do so.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Marshall said...

Mr. Szollosi,
I just found your blog the other day and as a new Toledoan I appreciate you taking time to use this to communicate with your constituents. That being said I disagree with you on some issues, including the way Democrats are using this whole Noe affair for political gain. I agree that there was some "funny" business going on, but to make this a Republican vs. Democrat issue is stretching it. We all know there are seemingly countless incidents on both sides of corruption from the top to the bottom. From Watergate (Repubs) to Clinton's lies under oath (Dems) in the Oval Office to Coingate (Repubs) and the recent state legistlature bribery scandal in Tennessee (Dems) both sides are guilty. For either party to claim the high ground on matters of funding and favors is ludicrous.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Marshall,

thanks for posting, I accept that noone is going to agree with me all the time. As a newcomer to Toledo I want to welcome you.

As far as the Dems v. Reps - we Dems are simply the loyal opposition who haven't won a statewide, nonjudicial office in over ten years. If we cant win some elections in 2006 with $12 million tax dollars & counting apparently going into GOP campaigns from GW Bush down to local races for County Commissioner - man, when will we ever win?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Lester Pearson said...

Tom Noe has brought a great deal of disrespect to Toledo.

9:03 PM  

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