Friday, August 19, 2005

Some GOP legislators call on Taft to resign; Dems decline to call

At least three Republicans have publicly called for Taft's resignation: state Rep. Jim Trakas of Independence, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann and state Sen. Jay Hottinger of Newark. Trakas and Hartmann have shown an interest in running for secretary of state next year.

No Democrats have publicly sought Taft's resignation. The issue was discussed in party circles and most thought it was a bad idea, said Gabrielle Williamson, spokeswoman for the Ohio Democratic Party.

"It's our feeling that it should be up to Taft and his own conscience," Williamson said. "The other reason is there are enough Republicans demanding his resignation."
I just found that quote from the Ohio Democratic Party funny. You can tell they are enjoying this moment of political relevance.

Of course, State Rep. Trakes, as a member of the House, could introduce a resolution for the impeachment of the Governor. It seems the fair question is: If Taft declines to resign, would State Rep. Trakas seek his impeachment? It doesn't seem consistent to say yes to resignation, but no to impeachment.

For those of us involved in observing statewide politics for the last ten years, it's amazing to see the unbreakable party discipline created by Bob Bennett (who, despite being a Republican, is an unquestionably talented state party chair) crumbling.

We haven't really heard anything from the GOP Gubernatorial candidates on what the party should do regarding Taft. I'm amazed they haven't been pressed on the issue more. But then again, it's only been two days since the criminal charges have been made.

Will they simply say, "Gov. Taft made a mistake, which he has acknowledged and taken full responsibility for, and has 'paid his debt to society?'" Or will they sing, "Hit the Road, Taft?"

While it may look like the Governor will be able to weather this political storm, it could be premature to diagnosis the body politic of the Governor as fully recovered. If, as is expected, more members of the Governor's inner circle are charged and more revelations emerge from the BWC investments, Taft's now admitted transgressions could lay the groundwork for his premature outster.

4 comments:

John said...

FYI - Coleman called for Taft's resignation on Friday. Event today (8/23), Strickland is saying there is no need for Taft to step aside.

Modern Esquire said...

According to this Toledo Blade article, Strickland said regarding Taft's resignation:

"I believe if the governor steps aside, it would not solve the problem.

If we convey to the general public that the governor’s stepping aside solves the problem of a corrupt political system, we will have accomplished little."

And I don't disagree. Getting rid of Taft is not the final solution to the problems the GOP leadership has inflicted on the state.

Fairly or not, the perception is that Coleman's calls for Taft's resignation is no different than his recent public use of his son's military service to give his campaign much needed oxygen.

Trailing in grassroots and netroots support and enthusasm, in media coverage and fundraising, the Coleman campaign is still struggling to regain its political footing after the Beck interview and the enterance of Congressman Strickland in the race.

I respect Mayor Coleman and supported him in the past. I simply think Strickland will be a better leader for our party and our State. And nothing either Ted or Mike have said or done regarding Taft has changed my opinion on that.

You're entitled to your opinion, but I'm entitled to mine (and it's my blog!) :)

John said...

You're right. It is your blog. Thanks for hearing me out.

We may disagree on somethings, but I'd bet we actually agree on more. While I'm not sold on either candidate just yet, I know that they will both do everything they can to bring Ohio back to prosperity.

Jerry Ellis Sr. said...

I was injured in 1996 I was working at Bellmore Parts. I was hired full time in Jun 16,1994, I also worked their just about a Year before I was hired. As a temporary they changed their name to Honda transmit ion know Honda. I was working on their Transmit ion line when I was injured . I was diagnosed having ,bilateral carpel tunnel ,contusion left wrist tendonitis , and dequervains tenosynoitis left wrist. I was also diagnosed with R.S.D. that my attorney and my Dr which is Dr Condon of record. Has been trying to get on my claim as well. Honda has blocked me at every turn from the very beginning at every turn, anything the Dr wonted to try was always denied by Honda ,I appeal their objection and usely am able to continue but as soon as Dr Condon starts his treatment plan Honda puts a stop to it. Dr Condon is concerned do to the fact that I have not been in his office fore a exam on my injury since 12-6-04 and I have been with out medication that has been proscribed fore m! e to help me get threw each day since 5-19-05. Do to the fact Honda decided they are no longer paying fore my medication’s or my Dr appointment’s and treatment. My hand’s swell don’t mater what I try and do, they go num and tingle, I get sharp pains that go up my left arm and across my shoulder’s. I was born left handed, both my hand’s bother me but my left hand bother’s me most. I have a lot of trouble sleeping, I drop thing’s all the time and that is a hard thing to dill with. I have a lot of trouble opening jar’s or dilling with small object’s button’s or hair pin’s. my grip is very poor ,just trying to write this is a struggle, my hand’s are stiff filling and fill wrated down ,but easer to read. I wear a brace most of the time know. My hand’s sweet of and on ,they get cold filling and num. this is my life know thanks to Honda and their miss treatment of their injured worker’s .I live in pain and discomfort every day all day. I have been seen by 25 different Doctor’s sin! ce I was injured. And two of them are Honda Doctor’s that they use all the time to sent their injured worker’s to their name’s are Dr stamen and Dr McCloud most of the time. Both of the Dr’s have been reported to the Ohio Medical Board, both Dr’s have stated one thing but will document something totally different in my report’s back to Honda and the Medical Board concerning my injury . And both Doctor’s have belittled my injury and even Dr Condon cant believe the Dr’s are getting by with this injustice . My last independent with Dr McCloud ,his behavior was not becoming a professional and neither Dr has giving me a fare independent exam and this was brought to Dr Condon’s and my attorney’s attention .both Dr’s have condendickted their own report’s ,even Dr Condon hade caught that. This is not fare to me nor do I have to put up with being treated this way. I can no longer play with my kid’s ,I have a 17 year old and a 9 year old ,I cant have my hand or arm’s hit or bump the pain that gow’s thru my arm’s is unbelievable ,to bump or hit my arm’s ! just right to you ,you was hit or bump but to me it fill’s as I was punched. I have explained my injury as best as I can, people don’t care or they just don’t under stand? I believe people just don’t care ,it’s not them ,they are pain free and live as they want. At the end of the day they go home no problem’s and play with their kid’s while I’m unable to do know, because Honda get’s by with with holding treatment ,there is medical evidence some one just need’s to take the time to read it fore them selves and not take the word of some one else that my injury don’t really effect them. I live in pain and discomfort from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep.Dr Condon has wrote I don’t Know how many report’s and letter’s trying to help me you can speak to Dr Condon at Mary Rotan Hospital Corporate health at 1-937-592-5015 ,Dr Severing out of O,S,U. out of Columbus documented I have R,S,D you can call him at 1-614-488-1100. As of 1-1-06 S.S is paying fore my medication which is Sonata ,Celebrex ,and Davorcet and I have not worked any where since 2000 as a security job was unable to continue do to my injury. We fill it’s gowning to take a pretty good lawyer to take on such a huge company like Honda , I’m running out of hope of ever getting what I deserve .can you please ,please help me !!If you can help me please let me know as soon as possible. We found out the internet that it is illegal to fire some one while on tempery total,I was on medical ,when Honda fired me and per Americans with disability act that is illegal ,I was receiving tempery total at the time, my doctor ,Dr Condon was at the time trying to work with Honda to get me back to work with my restrictions, Honda even called concerning a new line but fore some resone Honda would not speak with Dr ! Condon concerning job letter s are found where Dr Condon tried to see job. He had went in to Honda before to see possible jobs but the job that was menchend by Honda he was unable to review ? I was fired instead , Believe rights was violated .was tolled files and hard drive fore my case has been shredded and cleared ,but I have all my files and Dr reports ,just wont to see if because what we found out if my case on being fired while being on temporary total can be reopened ? And why B.w.c. can take the word of a Doctor that see’s you once or twice over the word and documentation of a doctor that has been on the case since the beginning.. there is other court cases that my husband has found on the inter net that state’s this is not legal. If true why has this happened to me ? And that the b.w.c. cant see that my case has been ronfuly handeled . I need my case gone over care fully so I can get a fare judgment. Thank you - Elizabeth Ellis , I Jerry Ellis Sr. ! In my opinion Gov. Taft is taking care of Honda, for there campain e money givin to Tafts campaine.In return Gov.Taft through BWC,OCRC,OSMB,gets Hondas injured workers claims dismissed,or draged out for 10 years like ours.Can you check out the number of Honda injured worker claims that make it out of BWC.My wifes civil rights throught OCRC was not addressed ,was this a faver for Honda from Taft!!! We had the two Honda Dr,s checked out by OSMB,but once again Tafts ran OSMB was no help to the Ohio injured worker!!!Please can you help our Family!!!You need to check out all you can about Gov.Taft! Didnt Taft leave the country right after the coin deal could this be where he put his money from this share of the coin deal.Maybe this is why the ohio injured worker gets no help!!Taft needed more money from BWC for his coin deals!!Thanks Jerry Ellis Sr. P.S.you are doing a great job please help use because we are getting no help from any Gov. Tafts Ohio ran offices which are there to help the Ohio injured worker!! Thanks ! for your time and I hope your family is doing well!!