Left: NSM's Bill White; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) I have read a lot of things on Bill White's Overthrow.com website that made me chuckle in the two months since I became aware of it. His stock in trade, of course, is to print the most outrageous statements that he can conjure up, with the net result that he gets publicity. He is a master at promoting himself and his cause, and getting media geeks like me to write about him.
A pair of articles on his website today, though, stretch even White's expansive boundaries of truth, and demonstrate just how narcissistic the man is.
White considers the potential replacement of Police Chief Mike Navarre as evidence that the city is caving in to "a major demand" of the NSM, and implies that mayor-elect Carty Finkbeiner is somehow bowing to the wishes of the Nazis. He also repeats the lie that his failed NSM rally in October (and subsequent rioting) was the cause of Jack Ford being voted out, ignoring the fact that Ford trailed in the polls from the day that Carty Finkbeiner announced his return.
What White fails to realize - and can't, because he is sitting at his desk in Roanoke scouring the Internet for news to mangle - is that the replacement of Navarre (assuming it does, indeed, occur) is political in nature. Navarre supported outgoing mayor Jack Ford, while the TPPA (Toledo Police Patrolman's Association) and the command officers' union threw their support to Carty Finkbeiner.
Captain Jack Smith is highly respected by many in the force, and the transition from Navarre to Smith should be relatively seamless. However, don't think for a moment that Carty made this selection without the blessing of the two unions.
The idea that city officials pay much attention to the bluster and "demands" of marginal characters like Bill White is laughable, except when he comes to Toledo to stir up trouble. On those days, they take him very seriously indeed.