Left: Bob McCloskey, courtesy of City of Toledo website
The sheer audacity with which Toledo councilperson Bob McCloskey operates is astonishing. He certainly did not invent political sleaze, nor has he elevated corruption to some sort of art form. McCloskey is simply the most arrogant politician in recent memory.
Most Toledoans by now know his latest tapdance around campaign finance laws. A benefactor, outdoor sign owner Brock Rimmelin, "donated" two signs for McCloskey's use that read the following:
Problems in your neighborhood? Call your councilman Bob McCloskey
Left: misleading billboard, located at Detroit and Alexis in District 6
McCloskey, of course, is running for an at-large council position in a move to skirt the 12-year term limits law. He has already served three 4-year terms as a district councilperson in East Toledo.
McCloskey and Rimmelin have a friendly relationship that extends back several years. The Blade reported Friday that Rimmelin has donated $500 to McCloskey in the past. McCloskey, in turn, voted favorably by voting against extending a ban on the construction of new billboards in the city. Rimmelin appeared before council, arguing that the ban hurt smaller local billboard owners, such as his Toledo Outdoor.
Not exctly a smoking gun, but certainly typical of the quid pro quo manner in which McCloskey acts. More on Shady Bob in an earlier post.
Mr. Rimmelin: does the proliferation of billboards have any effect on the quality of life of the citizens of a city? Just curious.
It is time for the voters of Toledo to help themselves by de-electing Bob McCloskey on November 8.