Dear fellow tax hikers, a battle is brewing in the Republican Primary for Norwood Mayor. We proudly endorse Charles "Chuck" Russ for Mayor.
When we were advocating for a big 14-year Hamilton County Sales Tax hike to renovate two Cincinnati-owned buildings, including Music Hall, Chuck Russ stood with us. He backed the plan pushed by the arts advocates, urban hipsters, and us to make Hamilton County pay Cincinnati's bills.
When we needed him, Russ stood for higher taxes and now we stand for him.
By contrast, his opponent Ken Crawford is an ally of our enemy Chris Monzel and applauded Monzel for his museum compromise. Monzel has viciously opposed our tax-and-spend agenda for years, opposing our priorities such as the streetcar, jail tax, music hall tax, and freedom center subsidies. We can't afford someone like Crawford taking a fiscally conservative approach to Norwood when higher taxes is what Norwood citizens deserve to close the city's annual budget gap.
We tax hikers have suffered significant defeats over the past few years. The ranks of viable tax-and-spend Republican have dimmed precipitously. We need to build a new generation of good, tax hiking Republicans. Charles Russ can be one of them - one of us. We strongly endorse Chuck Russ for Norwood Mayor.