Sherrod Brown: Showing his guts and integrity, Brown — Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator — last week took issue with White House Chief of Staff (and all-around shifty a-hole) Rahm Emanuel after Emanuel said he didn’t think the public option would survive in the Senate’s health care reform bill. But Brown cited bills that have passed through three House committees and one Senate committee that include the option and said he’s willing to fight for it.
Obama’s White House is so intent on kowtowing to special interests to get a bill passed that it’s ignoring the 65 percent of the population who want a public option. Grow a pair, Rahm.
Mary Taylor: The Ohio auditor, a Republican, released more than 60 audits of local governments last week but the only one she issued a press release about was Hamilton County — coincidentally where David Pepper, her Democratic opponent in next year’s auditor race, is a county commissioner. Taylor gave Hamilton County a “serious adverse opinion” for fiscal 2007 because of lingering problems from a 2006 audit of its Jobs and Family Services Department.
County officials are working with the federal government to resolve the issue, prompting us to wonder why Taylor dredged up the old issue. Is that all you got, Mary?
Bill Cunningham: A longtime staple on WLW (700 AM), Ol’ Willie recently won his second Marconi Award for large-market “personality of the year” from the National Association of Broadcasters. Some suspect it’s because of the attention he got last year for repeatedly referring to “Barack Hussein Obama” during the presidential campaign. (We always wondered why he didn’t also use “John Sidney McCain III.”)
Cunningham is definitely a character, but we suspect he doesn’t believe for a split-second most of the wackiness he spouts. Too bad we can’t say the same about some of his nutty listeners. Maybe Cunningham should remind them he’s an entertainer, not a journalist.
Jeff Ruby: The famed restaurateur paid for a full-page ad in Sunday’s Enquirer to criticize five Cincinnati City Council members who pushed for — and got — concessions from the police union to help avoid a $28 million deficit. Ruby said the five somehow made the streets unsafe, even though not a single officer was laid off.
We think Ruby needs to spend less time at photo ops with his buddy, the police chief, and more time researching if he wants to wade into politics. This is the same guy, after all, who’s trying to close down the Metropole Apartments near his downtown eatery because he doesn’t like his customers looking at its 200 low-income residents. What a schlub.