On the eve of the vote on SB 5, the House Republicans just held a press conference in which they played this video produced by Governor Kasich’s office.  As evidence of how popular this bill is with local governments, they highlighted a video featuring three local government officials:

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart called for the elimination of all collective bargaining rights for public workers in his State of the City address in 2009.

Greg Hartmann was the Republican nominee for Secretary of State in 2006, and who supposedly still has statewide ambitions.

And Toledo Mayor Mike Bell (I), who was narrowly elected and first took office just last year.

Counter that to this story in Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch as to whether SB 5 is providing local governments with flexibility to deal with Kasich’s massive budget cuts:

And Kasich’s suggestion that there are savings to be had from proposed changes in collective-bargaining rules for public employees is little solace to most townships, [Matthew DeTemple, executive director of the Ohio Township Association] said. Fewer than 100 of the state’s 1,300 townships are big enough to engage in collective bargaining, he said.

"We’re concerned about where this is headed," DeTemple added.

I’d take the word of the executive director of the Ohio Township Association over an anti-labor zealot and an ambitious failed GOP statewide candidate who’s whoring for his party’s Governor in the hopes it earns him political capital to be given another chance to run statewide again.

[UPDATE:] One of our readers on Facebook noted that the Toledo City Council voted to oppose SB 5.

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  • Talk about hitching your wagon to the wrong horse..

  • Anonymous

    Greg Hartmann’s name came up in a conversation yesterday about redacting documents made public. It’s worth reminding people that while he was clerk of courts in Hamilton County, he posted large numbers of traffic tickets online without redacting birth dates, social security numbers, and signatures. His site was described by one of the papers down in Cincinnati as “a one-stop shopping mall for identity thieves.” When he realized the oopsie, he pulled the whole site down, infuriating attorneys who now had to go down to the courthouse to look up cases.

    This was just the biggest piece of many pieces of incompetence that came to light when he was running against Jennifer Brunner for secretary of state. I went to the debate at the City Club of Cleveland and he had nothing to say, other than “I’ve managed more people than she has.” He revealed an almost complete ignorance of election issues, including saying that electronic voting machines had been proved to be totally safe — no problems whatsoever.

    And this is the kind of person Kasich trots out to back him up.

  • Littleguy

    Mike Bell is a retired fireman from Toledo. He is a double dipper, just like Kasich, collecting a government fireman’s pension and a fat government salary why he cuts jogs and benefits of the rank and file. He has been the biggest disappointments I have ever seen. I thought he would be a good Mayor but he has turned out to be a huge hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    For some reason, I expected you to jump on the Cuyahoga Falls guy. 😉

  • Jason Haas

    As the VP of a Big 8 board of education, I’ll say SB5 is junk. Bet you can find two more electeds to say the same thing in the comments.

  • Natasha

    Holy crap Robin! Guv Johnny K really does need some of those “[your] people” to endorse his treacherous dishonesty.

    Give the guv credit at least one of his stooges meets the “diversity” criteria. It just proves that morons and traitors come in all flavors, shapes and sizes. A abysmal collection of front-line combatants in the GOP war on education and the working people of Ohio.

  • Anthony

    Interesting that Robart (my mayor unfortunately) is in the video as he was a driving force behind getting LaRose and Roegner elected last year. Which goes to show that this isn’t about the budget as R’s claim, it is political grandstanding at its worst.

  • Anonymous

    There’s not even a referendum yet. People, you need some patience, this is going to be a long process. We’re winning the public opinion polling so far.

  • I have to explain about waiting for the referendum several times a day, both to friends and members. It gets old, I guess, but I think I’d rather have people chomping at the bit!

  • dlw

    So the Toledo mayor is on record in support… while the Toledo City Council passed a resolution of opposition?

    Nice.

  • As a City Council Member of Pepper Pike, I oppose SB5 and the dilution of bargaining rights. The patriarchal posturing of Ohio’s governor is insulting and his ideas of what “tools” local governments need fails to reflect the realities we’re dealing with.

  • Guest

    It depends on how red their city is and how much teabag infection is present.

    When they get voted out of office, they will get some really sweet gigs selling us out some more oops I mean lobbying for evil corporate persons aka the biggest thieves and welfare queens in history.

  • “When are the Dems going to do a better job at marketing?”

    You hit the nail on the head. Often there is no spin needed, and they still can’t get the messaging right! No wonder people vote against their own interests. It seems to be an occupational hazard of all Dem politicians and campaigners. The only reason that people are duly ticked off about SB5 is that it directly affects so many Ohioans.

  • “When are the Dems going to do a better job at marketing?”

    You hit the nail on the head. Often there is no spin needed, and they still can’t get the messaging right! No wonder people vote against their own interests. It seems to be an occupational hazard of all Dem politicians and campaigners. The only reason that people are duly ticked off about SB5 is that it directly affects so many Ohioans.

  • Ellie

    OMG…there are no words…

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    these people are all over this state — I have never ,never seen so many
    theres 3 where I work in very high paying positions BUT you didnt see one thing about these folks in any of the legislation , did you
    this should be outlawed– retire and then come back to the same job–they should have to be made to “hold” their retirement check while they double dip and just collect the salary they are promised

  • Guest

    Three local officials do NOT make a mandate. Nor did the election of the current brand of monsters currently constituting the evil, but still elected GOP.

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