How was this was a waste of time and money? Are you referring to Carty's legal fees used to prevent a blemish on his political record?
The TBT recall effort simply followed the guidelines provided to them by the process. If you don't like it, then change the law to deny citizens the ability to participate in the petition-gathering process for any reason.
No one has been more destructive to Toledo and this region than Czarty and his 12 years as tyrant. Yet, Toledoans voted him into office. If you're blaming a radio station for tearing down the city, then in my opinion, you're ignoring reality. I would say another local media org whose owner(s) live in another state has had a far greater destructive influence on Toledo over the past 15-plus years than WSPD.
I believe Czarty was one of the designers of the strong mayor format, and he may have had a hand in crafting the wording that permits citizens to recall a mayor.
Czarty deserved the recall stain on his political record. He's a despicable politician who will now probably reappear on the local scene when he steps down from the mayoral throne. Czarty will interject himself into some kind of local position of power.
The Ohio supreme court basically ruled that citizens are denied the ability to blemish a politician even when citizens follow the proper procedures. It goes to show who is really in charge here. It's not the citizens. It's the powerful elite.
".(T)he election is sufficiently close so that Finkbeiner lacks an adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law via an action for prohibitory injunction,'' the court's majority ruled.
The biased and dying Toledo Blade newspaper concluded the story with:
Take Back Toledo backers, including WSPD-AM Radio and several businessmen, bankrolled the unsuccessful recall effort because Mayor Finkbeiner angered them over development issues and to try to boost radio ratings.
Suburban businessmen and citizens have helped bankroll the campaigns of Toledo politicians, so what's the problem with funding the embarrassing removal of a politician?
The Toledo Blade dislikes the fact that suburbanites were involved in the recall effort. "How goes Toledo, so goes the region." I've heard that saying a lot over the years. If that saying is true, then it's perfectly fine for suburbanites to be involved in Toledo's political doings especially for those who live outside Toledo but work in the city and pay taxes to Toledo and have no vote on how their money is spent.
About 60% of the Toledo Public School teachers live outside Toledo. I wonder if these people have ever involved themselves in Toledo-only political issues, like TPS levies.
And why does John R. Block summon Toledo-area officials and developers to Pittsburgh? The Blade owner has no problem being involved in Toledo's affairs from Pittsburgh, yet he apparently dislikes it when metro Toledo residents take an interest in Toledo's happenings.
Boost ratings? I can understand why the Blade dropped that into the story. After all, the Blade's circulation numbers have been tanking for more than 15 years.
May 14 2009 - Toledo Free Press - Blade circulation numbers down 42,700 since 2004.
Sunday Blade circulation numbers:
- 215,490 as of Sep 1991
- 135,567 as of Mar 2009
And the moronic Blade writer/editor is wrong about the recall effort being unsuccessful. I bet the Blade and local officials never thought the TBT effort would get enough valid signatures.
Four people in the state supreme court has nullified over 20,000 valid signatures. Four people. Three on the court agreed with the TBT.
But the fact remains that when organized, area citizens can send a message to local politicians that no elected office is safe.
And I think this is what infuriates the Blade. How dare citizens exercise that kind of power without the Blade's blessing. That's why the Blade called it unsuccessful because the Blade never wanted to see it succeed.
Oh, speaking of unsuccessful, Blade circulation numbers down 42,700 since 2004.