Carty, of course, called the recall effort "selfish." This is his normal reaction to such criticism - make a personal attack on the individuals by calling them a name and attempt to cast shame on them because they're not doing what he is - like begging for money for the auto bailout.
It's a major endeavor to recall a Toledo mayor, because of the requirements of the charter, but the best aspect of the effort is the fact that a group of businessmen and woman have taken such an initiative.
During my terms of office, I would often approach business owners and CEOs and ask them support initiatives or idea. While they said they would do so privately, they wouldn't stand in public because of what they believed was assuredly the retaliation that would result. They didn't want to risk upsetting the Democrat elected officials who were in the majority in Lucas County and Toledo, nor The Blade, who has a reputation for attacking those who challenge what the publisher wants.
Take Back Toledo is about more than just recalling Carty, with a goal "to foster a pro-business, pro-jobs and pro-economic development climate in Northwestern Ohio." They say, on their website, that the business community has abdicated its leadership responsibilities which allowed media, unions and political parties to fill the void.
They have four goals on their website:
1) The Recall of City of Toledo Mayor Carlton Finkbeiner.
2) Finding and supporting a mayoral candidate who can lead Toledo into the future it deserves.
3) We will be examining the need for possible amendments to the City of Toledo charter.
4) Finally, we are forming a Political Action Committee.
I can only imagine the numbers of good people who might have sought public office - and the good, business-friendly polices we might have - had such a group existed over the past 10-15 years.
But I have numerous questions about the recall effort and plan to speak to some of the group members to get answers ... I'll post about that when I do.
UPDATE: the website is owned by
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