Toledo City Council President Joe McNamara is keeping up his critiquing of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, whom he would like to be opposite in the November general election.
McNamara says Bell's trip to the "Hannover Messe" trade fair in Hanover, Germany this week is more of a vacation for the mayor than it is economic development for the city of Toledo.
Here's the statement from his campaign:
McNamara stated: "In a time when many Toledo families are struggling, our Mayor shouldn't be going on luxurious vacations to Europe. It is even worse that he would use our tax dollars to pay for his trip."
Mayor Bell has made a habit of using his office to go on trips overseas. This includes trips to China, Japan, and India.
Unfortunately, these trips have failed to yield any results for the City of Toledo as the unemployment rate is sitting at 9.2%.
McNamara said: "The mayor should be focusing on creating jobs for the people of Toledo, not which vacation he can go on next."
McNamara made much the same argument in Blade staff writer Ignazio Messina's story in Sunday's Blade about Bell's Germany trip where Bell explains why his worldwide travel on behalf of Toledo has economic development value.
And here's WTVG's report: http://www.13abc.com/story/21926172/mayor-headed-to-germany-to-promote-toledo.
For McNamara to face the politically unaffiliated Bell in the Nov. 5 election depends on whether he emerges as one of the two top vote-getters from the Sept. 10 nonpartisan primary. Joining the lists in that election is expected to be Anita Lopez, a fellow Democrat, and the Lucas County Auditor. She hasn't declared her candidacy yet, and has until July 12 to do so. Also said to be considering another try for the mayor's job is independent Councilman D. Michael Collins.