Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mendenhall's impossible dream sinking?

WHAT'S THIS?  Is the heat in the kitchen  reaching the boiling point?  You get this strong hint from Warner Mendenhall when he sends out advisories that he may want to slip out of the noose of his recall campaign against Mayor Plusquellic if it harms the cause. The sand under his forceful stride has shifted still more with reports that he has state and federal tax liens going all the way back to 1999.  In round numbers, he owes about $171,000 in back taxes!

Here's what he has to say about the lingering liens with a sort-of mea culpa to his supporters:
"If the co-chairs of this campaign and its thousands of supporters feel that my roles as spokesperson and treasurer of Change Akron Now is detrimental to the recall effort, I am offering to stop filling those roles."
Whatever joy that invigorated  "backdoor" Republicans  at the beginning of the campaign  to destroy Plusquellic is now dissipating.  "We had Plusquellic where we wanted him," complains  one Republican analyst, "with his close primary the last time and the defeat of his sewer issue.  Now this guy Mendenhall will turn Plusquellic into a hero. There's an old saying that if you shoot at the king, you had better kill him."  

Well, politics will be politics.  And, alas,  the IRS will be the IRS.  And who knows what will be left of  Mendenhall's dream  when his opponents finish him.  Does he have a Sancho Panza in reserve?  

UPDATE: THE CHANGE AKRON NOW RECALL CAMPAIGN FAILED TO MEET THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF VALID SIGNATURES, 3179.  OF THE 4,660 SIGNATURES FILED, ONLY 2,671 PASSED THE TEST.  ANOTHER 313 MAY BE DISQUALIFIED BECAUSE OF OTHER ISSUES.  WALTER MENDENHALL WILL NOW HAVE 20 MORE DAYS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.  

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ANOTHER UPDATE:  Whatever happened to the ethics charges against Atty. Jack Morrison?  The court has delayed a pre-trial hearing until May 11.  Morrison's lawyers have filed for a dismissal of the 7 ethics charges on which Morrison was indicted in December.  Morrison,, an influential attorney who sits on the University of Akron's Board of Trustees and is the advisor to the Summit County Republican Party, was charged in connection with the purchase of a house by his son  that then was sold to the University for a quick profit.  








4 comments:

Mencken said...

No bank will loan money to replace debt with debt unless the loan is highly collateralized.

In his obsessive quest to put Mayor Don out of office, Warner may end up putting himself out of his own home.

Anonymous said...

Morrison: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. Simple as that.

TimJayFitz said...

Even though I'm happy for Warner's misfortunes I don't think this will have much effect if the election happens. I think only the hardcore supporters on both sides whose minds are already made up are gonna come out that day.

Anonymous said...

In due time justice and then some will over whelm someone. That house is still standing over near the stadium boarded up just waiting for the bulldozer and nothing has yet happened. All for the greed of a quick penny. Oh but worry not my boy, there is more coming your way. it is not over yet.