Dear fellow tax hikers, how dare John Cranley criticize Roxanne Qualls for her pivotal support of the Bob Bedinghaus Stadium Tax! Cranley had the nerve to do this earlier today during his public chat on WCPO.
This is unfair criticism. Roxanne Qualls The Stadium Queen deserves nothing but love for her huge role in passing the Stadium Tax. The Stadium Tax had failed to crack 50% in the polls until Roxanne appeared in the campaign ads - a theme we detailed in an earlier entry.
We also object to Cranley criticizing The Queen for her role in moving the Bengals stadium west, thus adding anywhere from $70 million to $150 million depending on who you ask. Bedinghaus and Qualls had to hide these costs from the public before the vote or else the tax would have been harder to pass. We tax hikers routinely pull this trick - underestimate the costs to win the vote, then add the costs after the fact when it's too late to go back.
We applaud Roxanne Qualls for everything she did to pass the Bedinghaus Stadium Tax. Because of Roxy we have been paying that tax for 17 years and we'll be paying for over 20 more, not to mention our enjoyment of all the benefits it has brought. Cranley has no right to criticize Roxanne for her fantastic work on these stadiums which have brought so much good to Hamilton County.