Democrat Joe McNamara is jumping on an attack over the weekend from his Democratic opponent for mayor, Anita Lopez, to raise money for his campaign.
County Auditor Lopez on Saturday accused city Councilman McNamara and Mayor Mike Bell (independent, running for re-election) of "contemplating" a pay raise for the mayor and council at the same time that council is planning to boost water fees.
"The mayor and the [then]-president of City Council played shell games with public dollars, costing citizens more fees and more money for basic services. To now even consider a raise is an insult to citizens and city employees."
McNamara's campaign manager, Andrew Grunwald, replied that McNamara opposes the pay grab.That provided the McNamara campaign a fund-raising opportunity and the campaign today issued an urgent appeal to its supporters:
Only 1 week into the race, our opponent is already launching false and negative attacks against Joe. We knew from the start that there would be a negative attack blitz but we did not expect it to come from the Democratic side.
This is a desperate move right out of Karl Rove’s playbook that blatantly distorts the facts about Joe’s record against pay raises for Toledo's elected officials.
These shameless attacks have no place in Toledo and we deserve to hear about solutions to crucial problems, not an onslaught of negative misleading attacks.
This is exactly why Joe challenged both of our opponents to join us in signing an ethics pledge – and both have openly refused.
Andrew Grundwald, the campaign manager, goes on to say that they’re establishing a “Rapid Response Fund” to raise $7,200 by midnight Friday.