Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Republicans Control Toledo City Hall

We have Republicans in top positions within the new Administration, including the director of human resources, a GOP Council President, a Republican chairing the city's finance and budget committee, the information services committee, the parks committee, the zoning and planning committee, and now, two weeks after appointing Councilman Bob McCloskey (now indicted) to "lead" the economic development committee thanks to his complicity in all this, a Republican now controls Toledo's economic development committee. Did I mention our Mayor is a former Republican who just took a boat load of campaign cash from Republicans at his country club inauguration and is much more comfortable with Republicans controlling City Council?

First, shame on so-called Democrats Bob McCloskey and Mark Sobczak for continuously voting Republican, enabling all this to occur. Bob is desperate and Mark, well, what can you expect from a guy who walked in our Labor Day Parade with Gov. Bob Taft as his guest and gets up real early every election day to put up Republican signs at the polls.

With the exception of Councilman Michael Ashford, my fellow Democrats appear resigned to GOP dominance and Sobczak's party-switching - despite our numerical advantage on council 8 to 4. Of course, the only lobbying coming from Lucas County Democratic Party officials is to support this Republican ascendancy.

Pay-to-play is forced to retreat in Columbus and is retrenching in Toledo - we all must demand vigilance protecting the public.

11 Comments:

Blogger historymike said...

These ARE strange times, Frank.

What's the line from Ghostbusters:
"Rivers and seas boiling! 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria!"

7:47 PM  
Blogger Big J said...

Dear Frank,

While I can appreciate someone who has such a strong party loyalty, I think that your energies are not being well focused on your responsibilities; to help grow the city through responsible tax initiatives, job growth, brain drain, crime reduction, and other important issues to Toledians.

Instead of ranting about the letter following a person's name, and throwing a fit like a 4 year old who didn't get his way, embrace the fact that you didn't get your way and move on.

For the benefit of your constituents and other Toledians, accept the fact that new leadership has been elected. Start focusing your energies on how you can work with these new council and committee leaders for the good of Toledo. Change is good Frank! This town definitely needs it.

Sincerely,

Big J

9:07 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Thanks for the words Big J & HM...

Its not party loyalty per se that I'm upset about - its about demonstrating strong, responsible Democratic leadership in an important time for our city, state, and country. Our community would be better served if policies that Democrats have championed would be adopted - i.e. tax fairness, health care reform, lower college tuition. Spawning Republican leadership is not something I support. Working together, yes, but I'll never support the advancement of Republican leadership. Give me an honest Republican to work with, we'll get along fine. Throw in a "Democrat-in-name-only", and its hard to get past their dishonor. Impossible for me to trust folks like that.

You better believe I'm angry about being dislodged from a position where I was fighting for good jobs for citizens in Toledo - I'm furious about being held back from my top priority for our city.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I think it's understandable that Frank would feel some anger and some frustration. Then there is the logical standpoint. Frank is or at least was last I looked the Vice Chair of the Economic Committee, it would make sense from a consistency standpoint for him to have been appointed at least temporary Chair until this whole McCloskey thing plays out rather than having McCloskey, then Ludeman then????

Consistency is what is most important and from that same logic, a Vice Chair would be the better option during a temporary situation. A clear message needs to be sent that business as usual will continue.

It's too bad the rest of Council didn't stop to think about what to me would have made more sense.

11:20 PM  
Blogger RJ said...

I’m trying to follow you here Frank. Are you suggesting that there’s something unfair going on with these Republicans gaining leadership positions? Four of 12 council seats are R’s and four of 12 council committees are held by Rs. Seems fair to me. While you’re preoccupied with protecting your seats and advancing your careers, your challengers are achieving their goals and winning elections. It’s clear that the split in your party is a result of the misguided expectation that Toledo voters will always follow the D candidate. You’ve got more D candidates than there are seats at the table, and your starting to cannibalize the party. Bon appetite!

The truth is that McCloskey is your man and Sobczak is your man. Carty too. They are all Democrats just like you. That’s the way regular non-political folks see it, and they cast the votes.

People are beginning to recognize that businesses lead the community toward success, not taxes and lots of social programs. Your decades-old grip on the local political power has brought Toledo to where we are today. That’s becoming clear to a lot of the voters who previously could be considered a sure thing for D candidates. Many are now seeking leadership solutions elsewhere.

Frank said “Spawning Republican leadership is not something I support”. Here’s my twist on that - The D’s problems are making Republican leadership necessary, and it’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, so could you be the biological father of the new Republican leadership?

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be a troll in the room!...In any event, I hear you Frank and agree with your position. "True" Democrats are not the same as "In name only" Democrats which we are seeing a lot of in the current local party. I do believe that the party split has let the door open for the GOP to take the upper hand. Of course, as you mentioned, it doesn't help when the mayor appoints and back room deals with the GOP and puts them in prominent positions. On the other hand, I think Carty has run out of good Dems to put in city positions since he used up most of them in his first go around. Most people who know him well or worked for him before don't want any part of his "new and improved" administration. I do think as Dems we need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to economic/community development and job creation. We can no longer afford to rely on unions and manufacturing jobs...it is a fact and a reality. Either we work to bring tech. jobs to the area or watch as more and more go overseas...East and South. The union bosses need to get over themselves and stop trying to run the city and county. We need more free thinkers who are not beholden to them (especially) and who are beholden to the true citizens and those who want the community to be economically sound and booming again.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Kurt said...

Frank,

I have to honestly say as a democrat, and a fairly impartial person that the following statement you made is rather outlandish.

"Give me an honest Republican to work with, we'll get along fine."

I know a few. Regardless, give me an honest politician in this town and then we'll talk. As bad as the Ohio Republicans are, the Ohio Democrats of Toledo are just as bad.

1:28 AM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

Indeed, Frank, and as I see it, rreal Dems are way out-numbered on council.

Carty's shill, Sobczak, calls his boss before voting. What a loser there.

10:53 AM  
Blogger squeak678 said...

Sorry guys, with the indictment of "Bulldog BOB", and revelations from the other councilmen about attempted "bribery", this all seems to be, "the TIP of the proverbial ICEBURG here in old Toledo and it seems to have a large "D" stamped on it.

And I agree with a couple of the previous posters. Our politicians spend way too much time trying to "get even" with each other rather than "moving on"!

And relative to Bass Pro Shops, as a business man, if given a choice of the two sites, I'm building mine by a couple of major highways, not in the middle of an urban area, regardless of how enthusiastic the mayor is!

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