Remember when Isenberg was coaxed back into the political hot seat to serve as party chair with the mandate of reuniting the A and B team Democrats? Her peacemaking efforts were undercut after four months by the same people who brought you last week’s council election shocker. A United Nations negotiator trying to bring Hamas and the Israelis to the same peace table would have stood a better chance of success.
Isenberg was appalled that Dennis Duffey, head of the Lucas County Central Committee “who took an oath to elect and support Democrats, was twisting arms to elect Republicans.”
“This is self-destructive. This is not doing anything to help bring A and B together,” she adds.
So what’s the reward for the turncoats? Will freshman councilman and party disloyalist Mark Sobczak become president pro tem of council, or at least wind up with a juicy committee chairmanship? Watch this space. [We’ll leave Bob McCloskey alone for now. He has enough problems with Julia Bates and Pilkington North America.]
Isenberg concedes she really doesn’t know of anything that can be done to help the divided party. But she is even more discouraged at the negative picture it presents to young people seeking to enter the political arena as volunteers or candidates, such as inspirational and refreshing Bowling Green State University grad Taylor Balderas.
“It just sends the wrong message to young people who want to run for public office,” says Isenberg.
Yet while the Democrats continue to self-destruct, the Republicans continue to present a united front. “They all stick together. You see it in the Ohio statehouse. It is the same in Washington D.C. as it is here in Toledo,” says Isenberg.
It help explains why there are now four elected Republicans on council.
It may appear at first blush to be a drastic remedy, but those who have blatantly strayed from party ranks to aid and abet the enemy have in the past been expelled from the Democratic Party. Is that an option to now consider? Isenberg concedes there have been precedents for such drastic action. But no one is calling for those steps to be taken.
So why is anyone really surprised by Tuesday’s shameful display? It really started with the exclusion of Harry Barlos. Most political observers thought it reached its low point with the abandonment of Jack Ford. But no, that was just the prelude.