The mayor's strategy, I have been told, will be an across-the-board appeal to civic and business leaders to defend the mayor's work during his six terms in office by sending the message down through the ranks of their companies and institutions. If this strategy is effective - and I think it probably will be - it will stave off a recall in a special election. But that isn't certain. As Plusquellic learned in his last campaign against Mendenhall ally Joe Finley, nothing in politics can ever be taken for granted. City Hall has set out to make sure that there will be no more close calls.
It will be costly for the city. Plusquellic advisors are talking about a six-figure outlay with some forecasts of upward of $500,000. And the internal advice that will be given to the often outspoken mayor: For this to be a success, you have to hold your tongue.
The danger, of course, is that Mendenhall may be able to get the 3,200 or so valid signatures on the recall petitions to force a disruptive special election. That's why there will be an intense effort to amass support from the top rung of the city's movers and shakers - many of whom have been supportive of his leadership in the past. There is more than enough evidence of Plusquellic's productive initiatives for Akron to offset his setbacks over the years.
So let the spitefully silly season of his opponents begin. With so many other things on our collective minds to worry about, why do I feel that we are instead heading off to Wally World?