Group to protest Konop’s mayoral campaignWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
At noon on March 30, a group led by political activist Tom Morrissey will meet on the steps of the UT Student Union facing Centennial Mall to “point out Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop’s willful disregard of personal ethics and his own promises by not serving his full term as commissioner and launching his bid for Toledo mayor,” according to a news release.
According to Morrissey, “In 2006 while running for the seat he now holds, he signed an ethics pledge twice in which he promised he would serve his full term as commissioner. By announcing his run for Toledo mayor, Konop is chucking character and personal integrity out the window. His run for mayor is egregious because Mr. Konop used this pledge to browbeat his opponent and accuse his opponent, George Sarantou, of wanting the seat to use as a springboard for mayor. Now Mr. Konop is participating in the exact same manner he condemned.
“This group is gathering to point out to fellow voters that Ben Konop’s inconsistencies and broken pledges are not what we need as mayor of Toledo, no matter what change has happened in Toledo and the United States, and no matter how ‘small’ of a violation Mr. Konop thinks this is. Voters deserve better choices than Ben Konop.
This group will also be signing ethics pledges promising to hold politicians accountable, Morrissey said.
Morrissey authored a Jan. 30 guest column, “Konop’s run for mayor would be hypocrisy.”