NICHOLAS HOLLAN: In an unusually odd mixture of endorsements, The Cincinnati Enquirer recently included Hollan among its picks for City Council. A first-time candidate with progressive leanings, this thoughtful West Side Democrat is well-qualified for public service due to his work with the Red Cross and United Way. It’s encouraging to see a political newcomer gaining some media attention and support in the staid Queen City. Or, more cynically, maybe it’s just the Enky’s way to gain political cover for its other uber-conservative, Cincinnati Business Committee-approved choices.
COMMITTEE TO PROTECT THE CHARTER: This group with the Soviet Union-sounding moniker was formed to oppose the increasingly frequent use of referendums by voters seeking to overturn or restrict actions of City Council.
JEFF BERDING: Who does this two-term City Council incumbent think he’s fooling? Hoping to offset some horrible publicity, Berding — a Democrat recently unendorsed by his party for persistent shadiness — is having supporters put up large signs in their yards with the tagline, “new leadership for change.” Let’s see: Berding isn’t “new,” he doesn’t represent “change,” and his “leadership” is questionable. It takes more than cobbling together political buzzwords to make voters forget your legislative record.
RICHARD FINAN: The squirrely ex-Ohio Senate president from Evendale, a Republican, attended a press conference in Walnut Hills last week to warn of the perils of the anti-rail Issue 9, adding, “I’m absolutely opposed to putting everything to a referendum.” But why should Cincinnati residents listen to this blowhard? After all, it was Finan who — in October 2001, shortly after the riots — threatened to block $35 million in state aid to the city unless voters made changes in the upcoming election. “There is more than one way to have a boycott,” he wrote at the time. No wonder people who know Finan call him “Dick.”