Sunday, March 29, 2009

Challenging Status Quo

Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop has tossed his hat into the ring for the office of Mayor of the City of Toledo. Citing the fact that all of the other candidates seem to represent the status quo and a continuation of good old boy politics in the city, he says that he has a record of aggressively challenging such thinking. Let's take a look at that record.
  1. By running, Mr. Konop is going back on a campaign pledge that he made (and signed) while running for the Commissioner's office, that he would serve out the full term for the office if he was elected.
  2. In 2007, Mr. Konop felt that the County would best be served by providing $250,000 of the county's money to subsidize a program to allow people to purchase local art from at $500 to $2,500 at a 1% interest rate.
  3. Mr. Konop has consistently fought against funding the Lucas County Improvement Corporation, while providing no alternative for helping to create and grow businesses in the county.
  4. Mr. Konop opposed spending previously appropriated money for new windows on its office building (a maintenance and energy saving measure well within the purview of the Commissioners) instead favoring spending the money on the unemployed.
  5. Mr. Konop proposed (and was later trumped by fellow Commissioner Pete Gerken) legislation for a "living wage" for all projects having to do with the county. His original $8.38 per hour wage was later raised to $11.67, in spite of the opinion issued by the county prosecutor's office that the Commissioners had dubious right at best to issue such legislation.
  6. Mr. Konop, a law professor and lawyer here in Ohio (and therefore an officer of the court) joined a group calling itself the "Toledo Foreclosure Defense League" as they called for the Lucas County sheriff to refuse to execute legal courts orders of foreclosure.
  7. Mr. Konop claims to have executive experience from his two years of service as a County Commissioner, while having no prior experience in the private sector in managing budgets or handling personnel.
So in my humble opinion, we have yet another career politician attempting to move up the political food chain. A politician who has no experience in the private sector, who chooses style over substance and "feel good legislation" over fulfilling the responsibilities of office, and an officer of the court who violates that trust by usurping the very power of the law that he is sworn to serve. 

Which part of the political status quo Mr. Konop, is it exactly that you are challenging? But heck, if you don't think that I know what I'm talking about, perhaps the opinion of a former Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber would carry some weight with you. 

11 comments:

Winky Twinky said...

You said it very well...

Tim Higgins said...

WT,

High praise indeed...

Hooda Thunkit said...

Tim,

You just about covered it except for tying in the political connection to his Aunt Sandy Isenberg.

Although Aunt Sandy seemed able to finish out her terms as commissioner, which "Young Ben" seems fully intent on NOT doing, even after committing to doing so in writing.

So much for keeping your word and dare I add your honor Ben?

Dignity and public service???

Well, let's just not go there. . .

Tim Higgins said...

HT,

I don't have your well of local knowledge and history to dip into, and as a consequence can only judge by the insanity of the years of my residence.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Tim,

Well, you're definitely on the right track amigo ;-)

Roland Hansen said...

The third amigo of The Three Amigos (Higgins, Hooda, and Hansen)weighing in here.

I have my own thoughts about Ben Konop, but maybe I should just keep them to myself.

(snicker, snicker)

Tim Higgins said...

Roland,

The only thing that would ever be unacceptable about one of your opinions is keeping to yourself.

Hooda Thunkit said...

All fooling aside,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN!

Tim Higgins said...

HT,

You actually had me looking this up, and it appears that it was March 1, not April 1 (got me). I am sure he was touched by the thought however, even if it was a month late.

By the way, I never got an invitation to the party last month, how about you and Roland? Oh well, I'm sure that the cake was delicious, even if mostly frosting, and as for the Kool Aid .. oh boy!

The Hypnotist said...

Very well said. Toledo needs to be very very afraid. Just remember that old saying, "a wolf in sheeps' clothing" and what you see now is "a young Carty in Konop's clothing!" Be very very afraid!

Roland Hansen said...

Tim,
I did not receive an invitation to the party. I never get invited to anything any more. Apparently, I am "persona non grata."