"I went to the meeting to give my spiritual support (to a recall election) but I' not actually giving my active support," Williams says. "But I wish Mendenhall all of the success in the world." So mark that down in the category of political spirituality. Sort of Platonic.
Likewise, GOP County Chairman Alex Arshinkoff sharply responds to talk that he might be aiding and abetting the current effort to overthrow the mayor. "I'm not in it! I kind of look at it with amusement. We're thrilled that two Democratic factions (Mendenhall is a Democrat) are tearing each other apart." Alex did confirm that the Mendenhall forces asked the GOP to contribute campaign cash. But he said he denied their request.
All of this will go on for awhile. Let's hope there will be some time left for other pressing matters in the city working through a serious recession. Maybe a word or two about jobs, foreclosures, and the growing pressure on the Akron food bank. I doubt that you will hear a word about any of this from the recall forces until the issue is finally settled.