In today's paper, there's an article on the failure of the 8 democrats (note - a MAJORITY) to muster enough votes to change the president of Toledo City Council.
Of special note is this quote from Frank Szollosi:
Mr. Szollosi said the Democrats should have met privately to agree on a candidate before calling for a vote publicly. He said it appeared that he and Ms. Brown each had only four votes. "The eight of us don't have our act together. Until we get our act together we have no business leading council," Mr. Szollosi said.
The last time I checked, a majority of any public body could not get together to decide action that they would take as a public body. To me, this would seem to include any decision about who they are going to vote for as president of the council.
While Councilman Szollosi refers to it as a caucus, I don't think it's quite the same. They are not getting together to decide their caucus leadership - they would be getting together to decide the leadership of Toledo City Council which is, by law, a non-partisan office.
If the Democrats on council do decide to get together to discuss such public business, I hope they make sure it's a public meeting with proper notice. Toledoans deserve to know how any decision about who will be the president of council is reached.
However, my personal hope is that they allow Rob Ludeman to continue. He appears to be doing a good job of handling the agenda and allowing all council members to have input and follow their individual initiatives. But this being Toledo, my expectations is that politics will win out over good government...