Friday, July 08, 2005

Lucas Co. GOP Chief Resigns

Sally Perz, who took over the Lucas County Republican Party (LCRP) chairmanship from Bernadette Noe, apparently resigned last night.

The LCRP recently made news by announcing that tens of thousands of dollars Tom Noe loaned to the LCRP (while his wife was chair) to benefit the Maggie Thurber campaign were being reclassified as contributions - thus, the party would be spared paying back the loan. Not a politically popular decision, with the prospect of that money somehow being siphoned from Ohio's injured workers via the Bureau of Workers Comp-Coingate scandal. Sally and her daughter, Allison Perz both testified in front of the Federal Grand Jury investigating alleged money laundering through Tom Noe and his associates to the Bush-Cheney re-election effort.

Sally Perz is a former State Representative from Maumee, and both women are leading regional advocates for charter schools - siphoning funding and support from our public schools.

We'll have to wait and see why she chose to resign (reportedly, her health) - and whether Commissioner Thurber (also caught up in this federal investigation and what appears to be an Ohio Ethics investigation) will follow the lead of her two former chairwomen. Word on the street is that indictments by that Federal Grand Jury might come down as early as July 15. Next up for the local GOP top spot, Joe Kidd? Or maybe Carty Finkbeiner's Republican campaign co-chair Jim Smythe? Anyone you'd like to suggest?

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like former Democrat turned "Independent" Republican Harry Barlos isn't up to much these days. Maybe he'd like to try his hand in electoral politics again?

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I find it mobidly amusing to watch you worry about everyone else in Toledo except for yourself, Frank.

So they reclassified Maggie's contributions. Take the wind out of your sails in your kindergarden display?

Last I recall, the investigation is still ongoing, by professionals, and I think it would be in your best interest to allow it to continue before you find yourself not only prying your foot out of your mouth, but trying to save your voting public from pointing and laughing at your witch hunt.

I think it would be in good taste for Toledo to refund the refund you got last year from the BWC that spared the budget, after all, it's from the same pool Tom Noe swam in.

I'll be waiting for that check to be returned.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I agree, it would be in everyone's best interest for the best lawyers in the state to continue the investigation into the Noe-Thurber connection.

Your first point I disagree with however, I worry plenty about myself, believe me. This blog provides a chance to comment on issues of the day, and I try to be fair, but opinionated.

At least the BWC refund the City of Toledo recieved was spent on providing city services like police & fire, as opposed to sleazy attack ads.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

In trying to be fair myself, yet almost as opinionated - lol

If the Grand Jury does indict then anyone who has done something unethical should resign. I personally think Governor Taft should have resigned. I also feel Ms. McConnell Hancock should resign or at a minimum step down from her president pro tem and chair positions. I think President Bush should return all the money raised by Tom Noe if there are charges resulting from campaign election fraud and not just the money Tom Noe contributed directly, that again depends on what the outcome of the Grand Jury is.

Oh to live in a world where ethics was not an issue that seems to go hand in hand with politics.

I also don't think charter schools are a total negative. They give parents and children options that they would not have under the traditional public school system. The reducing numbers of students overall is just as large of a problem for the Toledo Public School system as opposed to charter schools.

As to speculation who the next GOP chief will be? Your guess is as good as mine on that one. Except to say I think Harry Barlos is way to intelligent to take that position. I hope for Sally Perz sake if it is truly health related that she will be okay. If it is something deeper? Sounds like we will find out soon.

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siphoning funding and support from our public schools, Frank?

Toledo Public Schools was messed up before charter schools were even considered. I've spoken with several construction people when they were working on Oakdale, all wondered why this extremely difficult building to demolish had to be torn down in the first place? Something to do with a government grant, and if the money wasn't going to be used, it had to be returned. Am I right on that, Frank? Was "refurbishing" an option within this grant? Do you even know?

Worried about funding Toledo Public Schools? Try putting qualified people in the positions present administrators are occupying, seeing they cannot do the job. Seeing that they're elected, try endorsing someone qualified. The ones you guys put up there are examples of people in over their heads.

Unlike you, Frank, most Toledoans are overtaxed and getting nothing from their returns. Charter School is a viable option to guarentee a safe and healthy educational environment.

I was fortunate enough to be educated by TPS before they left the teachers out in the cold by having these teachers fend for themselves out of their pockets. With a school system the size of Toledo's, there should have been no need for the sacrifices teachers are making today.

So before you continue believing Sally Perz is the reason Charter Schools are being considered, try looking at the source of the problem that would require charter schooling in the first place.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank--

I'd rather have Thurber stay. She's a huge liability to the Republican party and and her illegal actions will constantly remind the voters of the Noes and will hurt any governor candidate with an R after thier name. Plus, we need to get a little payback for all those hypocrtical statements she made about Sandy. I'm actually looking forward to unleashing on Thurber this time around.

Great site.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I'm looking forward to 2006, too.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that ballance is already gone in the local govt. We have Gerkin and Wozniak (Ford cronies) in the commisioner's office making backdoor deals with Ford and completely disregarding the sunshine law or at least violating "the spirit of the law". I guess that bent ethics aren't really broken ethics though are they? Why the outlying areas of Lucas county allowed two of Ford's hand puppets to become commisioners is beyond comprehension.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Marshall said...

I wouldn't look farward to 2006 too much if I were you, Frank. Republicans could very easily gain a super-majority in the Senate...especially if Dems filibuster the Supreme Court nominee (nominees?). There are more red state dem senators up for re-election than the other way around, and all you have to think back to is the former minority leader.

I don't think chater schools is a bad idea at all. The ultimate goal of TPS is to educate the students in its district. Clearly they aren't doing a good job, so now parents have the opportunity to send their children elsewhere. This competition is a good thing and in the end will probably force TPS to improve. Keep in mind TPS is there to serve the students, not the other way around. Whenever I hear people bashing charter schools or school vouchers (which have both been showing more success for students) I immediately get the feeling that some leaders think students are there to make the public schools better.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a recommendation for Chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, Tom Baker, Superintendent of Lucas County Educational Service Center. Tom has been the bag man for Sally Perz's ill-fated chater schools and time and years of abuses might finally be catching up with him. He has been dodging ethical charges and audits for years, including involving his tenure as County schools superintendent and an elected member of the Maumee Board of Education. This is the kind of conflict of interest Lucas County Republicans are looking for. If the State Auditor has an outside audit done of Baker's books there is no telling what will be found. It might make Tom's buddy the other Tom (Noe) his buddy from the country club and parish look lame.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Maybe we should clean house downtown and elect some independents into office. Our friendly local republicans and democrats have both hand their hands in the till. Republican coins scams and campaign cash "loans" and Democrats giving prime riverfront property away to campaign donors and extorting money from prospective businesses to get zoning changes made and, the latest abuse of position by a council member who seems insulted that the police would actually expect her to obey the traffic laws. Elitism at it's finest. I think the voters need to send the Orkin man down to 1 gov center since it's infested with rats, snakes, weasels and skunks (with a few exceptions of course) and clean it out. Fresh blood and no pol-party contamination could do a lot for this town.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sepp, I agree.

The problem is the unions pump cash into easily influencial candidates, so when these candidates win, the union owns the politican.

I thought people could vote for who they want in office. Reality dictates otherwise.

Let's get someone in office that IS NOT endorsed by a union, someone with no affiliations or connections, someone that doesn't know what a free ride is.

Someone that knows what a 60 hour work week is. Someone that knows what it really is like to live in this city. Someone who cares about the direction Toledo is going into and is willing to anger a bunch of union crybabies when they don't get their way.

Way too many Toledo Politicans are getting their screw ups covered up and insulated. This elitist mentality is what is driving Toledo to desperate measures.

Know what's funny? These people in office now had a chance to change things FOR Toledo and failed. Now their scrambling about trying to suck up to get your vote.

Good Luck.

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

While we're at it, make it a point to beware of folks that get endorsed by our daily local. Far too often key decisions are influenced or derailed by self-serving individuals on Superior st. I find it absolutely shamefull that our local leaders risk being front page news when they disagree as to what is in the public interest as opposed to what a few elitists deem "best" for us. The decisions a Toledo politician has to make must be extremely difficult when one path could lead to a newspaper endorsement and the other path could lead to having very personal information dug up for public consumption. That alone is enough to keep some very talented people from public service in Toledo.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McConnell Hancock should go, Schultz should go also. Just like Noe neither is above the law.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about McCloskey who's extortion trial starts in October. I just wonder how many others on councilknew what was going on and gave that "ney" vote for the private school's rezoning request. 100 grand to get some land rezoned is a joke. How many jobs went bye-bye when they decided not to pay and what will the taxpayer tab be from the 10 million dollar lawsuit? Just what type of people get elected in this town?

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone ought to investigate JIM RUVALO and his shady activities. While we're at it...someone ought to investigate JOHN ROBINSON BLOCK and his shady activities as well.

8:43 PM  

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