I have a local politician I would like to nominate for most despicable. The Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, Carty Finkbeiner.
We were planning an airport expansion here and Toledoans were concerned about the increased noise. This jackass actually said we ought to move deaf people near the airport. They wouldn’t be affected nearly as much. I believe this statement also made the national news at one time.
But wait, the story gets better. For this faux pas, he was included in a book about the 100 dumbest ideas floated by politicians. It was reported in The Toledo Blade and the writer asked him how he felt about inclusion in the book. Carty replied, (and this is a direct quote from the newspaper) “I don’t have time for that foolishness.” The article went on to say that Carty declined to answer any other questions as he was on his way to an awards dinner for, get this, “The Distinguished Clown Association.”
Fortunately, we have a mayoral term limit here in Toledo. This guy’s out in 2000.
Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
- Ambrose Bierce