OK! That's it! I'm heading down to the Summit Count Board of Elections to register as a Republican. (Which will finally satisfy my late father and let him rest in peace.)
I've been tinkering with the idea ever since they started paying GOP chairman Alex Arshinkoff $10,000 a month to be a University of Akron lobbyist. And after Bryan Williams (Alex's heir-apparent as chairman?) landed on the county Board of Elections following his resignation as a board member of the State Department of Education under fire for a conflict of interest. After all, I have to eat, too.
But the decisive point in driving me into the land of the enemy was the announcement that Don Robart, the recently defeated ex-mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, has been hired as the "eyes and ears" of Secretary of State Jon Husted to keep book on several Northern Ohio counties for an annual fee of $40,000. As you can see, conservative distaste for public spending doesn't include the immediate family.
Well, folks. As one who has not had a regular pay check since I left the sagging newspaper world in the late 1990s, you should not ask why I am so sour about certain people returning to the inglorious public trough for jobs that don't require much heavy lifting.
Robart told the Beacon Journal that he hasn't ruled out running for elective office again. If so, I would be interested in the eyes-and-ears job. After all, as they say, the legs go first.