A lot of criticisms and commentaries, much of it derogatory, have been levied against the Lucas County Democratic Party for the past several years regarding scandals, party infighting, power plays for leadership, and so on and so forth.
But, what about the Lucas County Republican Party? The Lucas County GOP has had its own share of troubles; and, the problems did not end with the departure of former Lucas County Republican Party Chairwoman Bernadette Noe or with the trial and conviction of her husband, Tom Noe, who was also a former Lucas County Republican Party Chairman.
It has been quite some time now since the Lucas County Republican Party has fielded a full slate of candidates in general elections. Even worse was the almost total void of Republican candidates in the most recent closed primary election. Is there even a Republican Party in Lucas County, Ohio?
Apparently, there is a Lucas County Republican Party and it is replete with scandals, party infighting, power plays for leadership, and so on and so forth. What? You haven't heard?
The latest happenings involve several people including a former student of mine at the University of Toledo, Jon Stainbrook, who I remember as being intelligent and astute as well as one of those rare college students who actively participated in class discussions.
One of the big scandalous stories involves a sort of silver lining, or perhaps it should be called a silver disappearance. Read the Blade on-line article about the case of the disappearing silver here.
Ultimately that scandal led to the resignation of the Lucas County Republican Party Executive Director and the Republican Wack Off story that can be read in this embedded link to The Blade on-line.
If you'd like to read some one else's take on all this Republican stuff, head on over this-a-way to read the Letter to the Editor that Mike MacGuffie sent to The Blade.
As I see it, with the executive director now gone in the Republic Wack Off saga, Jon Stainbrook has won round one in his attempt to wrestle the leadership from the present Lucas County Republican Party Chairman Bob Reichert who has basically found zero Republican candidates to run for elective office in Lucas County as of late.
With the Republican Wack Off, the score is now Stainbrook one and Reichert zero.
It appears that Round Two is now unfolding as reported in this Blade news story.
Interesting stuff, eh? I sure look forward to the day that there is a strong two party system back in Toledo, Ohio and in all of Lucas County. And, of course, we need all those active and involved independents to keep the two parties on the straight and narrow.
Let's hear it for DIRT! I like it when I see Democrats, Independents, and Republicans working Together for a better community for us all.