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Hollan, The Charter, Berding, Finan

By Kevin Osborne · October 21st, 2009 · Winners and Losers


NICHOLAS HOLLAN: In an unusually odd mixture of endorsements, The Cincinnati Enquirer recently included Hollan among its picks for City Council. A first-time candidate with progressive leanings, this thoughtful West Side Democrat is well-qualified for public service due to his work with the Red Cross and United Way. It’s encouraging to see a political newcomer gaining some media attention and support in the staid Queen City. Or, more cynically, maybe it’s just the Enky’s way to gain political cover for its other uber-conservative, Cincinnati Business Committee-approved choices.


COMMITTEE TO PROTECT THE CHARTER: This group with the Soviet Union-sounding moniker was formed to oppose the increasingly frequent use of referendums by voters seeking to overturn or restrict actions of City Council.

Among members of this coalition are the Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnatus Association and the League of Women Voters. The committee says referendums could lead to “California-style gridlock.” We might agree but, again, if they don’t like referendums, they should campaign to change the charter and make it more difficult to mount them. They won’t, though, because they rightfully suspect most citizens would reject the switch.


JEFF BERDING: Who does this two-term City Council incumbent think he’s fooling? Hoping to offset some horrible publicity, Berding — a Democrat recently unendorsed by his party for persistent shadiness — is having supporters put up large signs in their yards with the tagline, “new leadership for change.” Let’s see: Berding isn’t “new,” he doesn’t represent “change,” and his “leadership” is questionable. It takes more than cobbling together political buzzwords to make voters forget your legislative record.


RICHARD FINAN: The squirrely ex-Ohio Senate president from Evendale, a Republican, attended a press conference in Walnut Hills last week to warn of the perils of the anti-rail Issue 9, adding, “I’m absolutely opposed to putting everything to a referendum.” But why should Cincinnati residents listen to this blowhard? After all, it was Finan who — in October 2001, shortly after the riots — threatened to block $35 million in state aid to the city unless voters made changes in the upcoming election. “There is more than one way to have a boycott,” he wrote at the time. No wonder people who know Finan call him “Dick.”



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