"In Plusquellic's long record, there is not the least whiff of crime or scandal. A recall is, therefore, out of place."Obviously, Mendenhall's attempt to argue his wacky position in a visit to the paper's editorial offices failed to impress anybody. The paper accused him of leading a "reckless and costly" campaign. It twitted him for arguing that his attacks on Plusquellic were not "personal" (one of Mendenhall's more bizarre "defenses" of his actions, I'd say) and concluded:
"Mendenhall, a lawyer who has filed many lawsuits against Akron, swears it has nothing to do with any desires of own to be the mayor. (And the revelation of $169,000 in IRS tax liens probably has slammed the door on the notion, anyway.)"He cannot credibly deny, though, that this battle has become personal - or that it is a huge distraction to a city caught, like many, in the throes of a worldwide recession."
I doubt that the PD's editorial reprimand will lodge in Mendenhall's obsessed idea of democracy in action, but at this point he is no more than a willful hell-raiser riding a limping horse to the finish line. More importantly now to the health of the city's future is how many of his opponents' words will find their way into the voters' collective conscience.