Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tampering with coin machines (R.C. 2909.08)

About an hour ago I got a call from Columbus: Gov. Taft will be the first sitting Ohio Governor to be charged. It's a sad day for Ohio. We should let the justice system take its course.

Kudos to The Toledo Blade for exposing high crimes and misdemeanors here in Ohio. During the press conference - happening as I blog - a reporter asked Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien if they'd be standing there today if not for the investigation into Tom Noe, and the GOP Prosector replied, "Probably not."

Ohio needs a change.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank - tell the honest truth here - since you've been in office have you ever played golf and had anyone else pay for it???

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Frank - Is this really a High crime?? golf??

This all seems awfully petty to me.

Billy

4:46 PM  
Blogger historymike said...

Taft needs to resign.

Now.

This state's reputation depends on getting Taft out before any further bad press. It is difficult enough to attract residents and businesses to this state without having the charade of a sitting governor go on trial.

This is not a Dems-vs-Reps battle. This is Ohio regaining credibility to the rest of the world.

Do the right thing and resign, Bob Taft.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I don't golf. Never have.

Taft can do the honorable thing, or stick it out and provide fodder to Democrats next year.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice dance around the issue there frank. Free ballgame? Dinner? Yard Sign? Nothing??

Im wondering what the big deal is about Taft tho - and let me preface thmy thought with stating that I am NOT a taft fan - never voted for the man. But, hell, let his record speak for itself!! He'll never be re-elected to anything, so why all this effort on free golf?

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that the local politicans in whole take heed, for this could happen to you one day.

There once was a certain amount of pride delegated to the person in power, no matter the level. Respect, compassion and understanding was always associated to the politican elected for the right reasons.

Along with that position came a certain amount of clout. Whether it be certain seats to the opera to box seats in 5/3rd Field, having this person in presence added a certain amount of electricity to the event. I know if I was elected mayor, I'd want pit passes and top row seats at Toledo Speedway.

Ethically, I'd pay for my seats and passes. That clout allows one access to these opprotunities, not have it given to you. I've played some really fine courses here in Florida, but the cash is just chump change with a Governor's salary.

My boss once chastized me for passing him one day after leaving work, him having a 5 minute head start on me, while driving my personal car. He told me to respect the law when I am wearing a company shirt. "It dosen't look good for the company having you standing behind a police car with my name on your shirt for everyone to see."

I was hired. These politicans are elected to their positions with the impression the people will be represented by strength, dignity and respect. When you fail, that specialness you wanted so bad seeps from your grasp, never to be appreciated again.

Without trust, you can never achieve respect.

Brian~

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people will do anything to avoid the real issue.

Taft was charged with four first-degree misdemeanors by the Republican prosecutor in Columbus, Ron O'Brien. (And guess what? The best is yet to come.)

As a Democrat, I hope Cowboy Bob sticks around.

Makes for a nice pinata.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Anyone who would make excuses for Taft is no better than someone who would make excuses for Karyn McConnell-Hancock. Blatant abuse of position? Both should be looking for employment elsewhere.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try, but ultimately insidid, Sapp.

Bob Taft, you see, is the governor of the state of Ohio.

On top of that: he has been charged with four criminal counts.

Can you see those distinctions?

Or are you so partisan that you can't grasp what's going on?

As Republican prosecutor O'Brien said, it's time to deal with these golf things so we can get on to the real serious issues.

As in felonies.

As in Noe.

As in the death knell for Republicans in Ohio.

See?

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. The word is "insipid," Sepp.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Ah, the potential perks of a city councilman:

Free ballgame? I've purchased a season ticket package for the Toledo Mud Hens every year since their move downtown.

I've put up many large yard signs all over town - and have lost a few recently - though placing yard signs isn't considered a gift.

Dinner? Only with friends - not from people who have contracts with the City.

We do get VIP passes to CityFest events, and at one point were offered a pass to get into the movies free of charge. Never got into a free movie, personally.

UT sends us a parking pass. I do like to tailgate in the fall, though the pass can't be used at sporting events.

Cellphones, pagers and Palm Pilots - along with a $200 a month expense account - are also offered to City Council members. Again, with a singular exception for dinner for a delegation from Hungary, I've never used the expense account or electronics since being a Councilman.

Of course, we do get campaign contributions, and we follow the law on all that, and our info is publicly reported.

9:00 PM  
Blogger YDA-Goode said...

Just in response to Billy who said that golf wasn't a high crime...consider what Marc Dann published on his blog what the equivalent of first-degree misdemeanors are...I've taken the liberty of reposting it here: http://www.coinsforchange.com/

Other First Degree Misdemeanors under Ohio Law

Don't accept the spin that the charges against Taft are "minor ethics charges". Here are equivalent crimes under Ohio Law:


Negligent homicide (R.C. 2903.05)

Vehicular homicide (R.C. 2903.06)

Domestic violence (R.C. 2919.25)

Driving under the influence (R.C. 4510.11)

Assault (R.C. 2903.13)

Vehicular assault (R.C. 2903.08)

Aggravated menacing (R.C. 2903.21)

Menacing by stalking (R.C. 2903.211)

Child endangerment (R.C. 2912.47)

Patient neglect (R.C. 2903.34)

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor (R.C. 2907.04)

Voyeurism (R.C. 2907.08)

Arson (R.C. 2709.03)

Endangering aircraft (R.C. 2909.08)

Passing bad checks (R.C. 2913.11)

Impersonating a police officer (R.C. 2913.44)

Operating a gambling house (R.C. 2915.03)

Rioting (R.C. 2917.03)

Abusing harmful intoxicants (R.C. 2925.31)

Resisting arrest (R.C. 2921.33)

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (R.C. 2919.24)

Receiving stolen property (R.C. 2913.51)

Driving with a suspended license (R.C. 4510.11)

Medicaid fraud (R.C. 2913.40)

Interfering with civil rights (R.C. 2921.45)

Tampering with coin machines (R.C. 2909.08)

10:19 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Tampering with coin machines (R.C. 2909.08)

Now isn't that ironic?

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Micah said...

"I don't golf. Never have."

Sounds a little like, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

"Tampering with coin machines (R.C. 2909.08)

Now isn't that ironic?"

Yes, but now that Alanis Morissette song stuck in my head. I'll never get to sleep now. Thanks alot!!

On a serious note, Taft should step down. Ohio has enough problems.

Check out his Approval Rating...

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

It's not that I'm partisian at all here (since I can't stand Taft) Corrupt is corrupt no matter how petty the crime. We elect these folks to represent us and act in our interest. Playing golf for free or trying to use your position and connections to get out of a ticket and a tow both are a breach of the public trust. The laws forbidding these examples were put in place for a reason and nobody gets elected on the "above the law" platform.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driving under the influence (R.C. 4510.11)

Frank - this too is a first degree misdimeanor.

What ever happened to Judge Resnick?

Billy

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"UT sends us a parking pass."

Did you report this? Because the last time I checked, UT parking passes cost students about $95 a semester. $95 per semester + $40 for the summer session = You're a CRIMINAL!

This whole investigation is looking more and more pointless the longer it goes on. Every new twist in the BWC scandal makes it seem like I'm watching the Clinton impeachment from a different perspective. Can't connect him to the crime he allegedly committed? Then nail him on something small and unrelated. Where have I seen that before?

4:56 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I don't feel tardy?

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to clarify for those who don't know, yes the university charges students for parking, however parking for visitors is free you just have to ask for a visitor's pass. if frank is using his council pass to avoid paying for parking while he finishes his degree in creative tap dancing then he may be guilty. if however he is not a student, then the pass holds no monetary value it is simply a convenience that allows him to avoid making a trip to the visitors booth if he has city business to attend to.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

I, for one, appreciate the clarification.

12:38 AM  

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