A funny thing has happened in the gathering of Akron mayoral candidates. In the closing days before the Monday deadline for the official ballot listing of their names, only one continues to tease everybody on whether he is serious about leading the city for the next four years.
Former mayor Tom Sawyer, who currently resides term-limited in the Ohio Senate, apparently figures he will gain more public attention by avoiding a direct answer until the final hours of the deadline. Might there be one more campaign contributor still undecided? Might there still be one job or another in a new administration awaiting him?
Folks, it's a masterful form of coy political gamesmanship. But as the 69-year-old Democrat told the Beacon Journal: "I have devoted a lot of my life to this community. Finding the best way to continue to do that is what this weekend's decision is all about."
Well, now. Who has already had more time and political experience to find the "best way" than Sawyer? Would a few more days of brinksmanship matter that much? Count me as one who is Doubting Thomas.
When he first emerged as a potential candidate weeks ago, he said he had yet to decide whether he would actually run. He said he wanted to be in the conversation as the "grownup". Such hubris!
Sorry, but we've seen little evidence that this is what being a "grownup" is all about.