Is Summit County Republican Chairman Alex Arshinkoff ready to drop the nuclear Cleveland TV ad bomb on Tuesday's mayoral race in Cuyahoga Falls? A Republican source tells me he is a little surprised that the boss hasn't spent more to prop up Tea Party mayor Don Robart and has saved the cash for the final week end assault on Democrats in several races that will doubtless include radio bursts.
There must be some anxiety in the Robart camp over polls showing he is in a tight race with Democrat Don Walters, the president of Falls City Council. You may recall that Robart, now in his 27th year in the mayor's office, ran unopposed four years ago.
Robart continued his mystical hold on the local media this year with odd endorsements from both the Beacon Journal and Cuyahoga Falls News Press, a weekly. We say mystical because, as we've written, the mayor has never aspired to the BJ's goal of regional cooperation. In fact, Robart has no bipartisan ties with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and has preferred to administer a municipal island in the county.
As for the News Press, it complimented Robart for an "exciting vision for the the city's future."
Some of that, oddly, will depend on federal dollars, scorned by the hard right, to pay for the excitement. (I tire of reporting that I attended a Tea Party Rescue America Tax Day rally in the Falls in which he welcomed the throng as the social, moral and fiscal conscience of America. Right. They also help shut down the government, as we have since witnessed.
As the Falls Press noted in its endorsement, "He also hopes to use federal money to upgrade vacant homes, secure federal funds to improve the streetscape from Chestnut Boulevard south to the city limits and work with the schools to possibly increase the city income tax to help pay for construction of a new high school/middle school campus." (Lord. New taxes? More excitement!)
By the way, let the record show that the BJ editorial writers never had anything good to say about Arshinkoff's often unruly political hijinks - the same party financier who is said to be preparing the nuclear TV bomb.
As for me, why can't I dismiss the fact that Robart played his socially conservative card by successfully opposing a discounted family rate at the Natatorium to a gay couple, one of whom was a wounded Iraqi veteran who wanted to rehab at the Nat?
Personal note: We moved out of the Falls 14 years ago. As we grew older, we couldn't take the excitement.