If there are only two things we know about Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper it is this:
1) He loves raising taxes.
2) When he is attacked, an old man will come to his defense.
Usually it is his father, the multi-millionaire John Pepper, who comes running to his defense. But this time it's our dearly beloved Sheriff Simon Leis. It is appalling to see our local Republican Party criticizing Pepper for implementing a big Sales Tax hike without a vote of the citizens, and Leis is correct to defend him.
We are disgusted that party Chairman Alex Triantafilou approved a press release criticizing Pepper for this excellent tax increase. The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of higher taxes. The citizens of Hamilton County didn't deserve to keep that money for themselves, the government needed it more.
This tax issue reveals a huge divide between the two candidates in this race. State Auditor Mary Taylor had her chance to raise Ohio's Sales Tax as she was ordered to do by Governor Bob Taft, but she voted no. David Pepper didn't have to be told twice. When Simon Leis and Todd Portune told him to raise the Sales Tax, Pepper happily voted yes. We are strongly considering an endorsement of Pepper because he is the only candidate in this race who agrees with Bob Taft that raising the Sales Tax is great public policy.