Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wenstrup Takes the COAST Pledge

Mayoral candidate takes firm stand on City budget crisisDr. Brad Wenstrup takes the COAST pledge
against raising taxes during coming Mayoral term

Yesterday, COAST exposed City Manager Milton Dohoney’s plan to raise taxes right after the November election. The same day, Mayoral candidate Dr. Brad Wenstrup signed on to the COAST Pledge against raising taxes during the coming Mayoral term as a way to solve the City’s over-spending problem.

“As President John F. Kennedy said, ‘Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity,’” said Dr. Wenstrup, “and conversely higher rates of taxation suppress economic activity. COAST’s pledge is compatible with my philosophy for governing.”

Please e-mail call Dr. Wenstrup or call him at (513) 321-1090 to thank him for taking the Pledge. You may learn how to support his campaign here.

Mayor Mallory has so far refused to take the COAST pledge against raising taxes. Please e-mail him or call him ((513) 352-3250) and demand that he take the pledge as well.

To date, Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Charlie Winburn, George Zamary and Amy Murray have taken the pledge. The other Council incumbents and candidates have not taken the pledge.

“COAST salutes Dr. Brad Wenstrup for taking the Pledge,” said COAST Chairman Jason Gloyd. “He has shown wisdom and courage through his service as a physician and in our military in Iraq. Dr. Wenstrup has applied those leadership qualities to the City’s budget crisis and has committed firmly to the voters that he will not raise taxes. We encourage Mayor Mark Mallory to disavow City Manager Milton Dohoney’s plan to raise taxes and sign the Pledge as well.”

While Dr. Brad Wenstrup was signing the Pledge, Mayor Mallory was holding a press conference encouraging Cincinnati to move forward with his $185 million trolley boondoggle. Quite a contrast in positions, it seems to COAST.

The text of the pledge is:

2009 Cincinnati Mayoral and Council Candidate
Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I, ___________, pledge to the taxpayers of the City of Cincinnati and all of the people of this City that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes and create new fees during the 2010-2011 term of Cincinnati City Council. This includes without limitation, any increase in the City earnings tax or property tax, and the imposition of new fees such as a garbage collection fee.



  1. Wenstrup is the only candidate for Mayor who actually spends time in Cincinnati.

  2. Too bad it won't matter. Wenstrup won't win, nothing will change it, no amount of campaign contributions to Wenstrup or missteps by Mallory. Sorry!

  3. I'm sorry, but did Wenstrup not pay attention to 8 years of tax cuts that never "trickled down"? Reagan tried, we got deficits, W tried and our economy floundered then went belly up, with massive deficits to boot. When are you guys going to realize that corporations and uber-wealthy don't care about your quality of life, and to keep cutting taxes doesn't get you better roads, sewers, healthcare, education, or a world class military. Let's cut taxes altogether and each community just hope for the best.

  4. UC Student -
    Replace "Wenstrup" with "streetcar" and you might be on to something.

  5. Anonymous -
    Might want to go back and check your history books. In both cases you cited the tax cuts lead to record revenues coming in to the federal government. That is a fact.

    It wasn't the Reagan tax cuts that lead to deficits, it was the refusal of the Democrat controlled Congress to cut spending. We can debate the value of the Bush tax cuts, but they didn't lead to deficits. Again, it was overspending (this time by R's and D's).

    You're just wrong.

  6. How exactly is Dr. McDreamy qualified to be mayor of Cincinnati?

  7. Wrad, that is a legitimate question, perhaps you can explain the qualifications of a library assistant who rode his father's patronage coattails while living in his parent's basement until he became mayor. Fact: even into his mayorship, his mother did his laundry! Fact: the only qualifications the current mayor has ever had for any job he has ever had is his last name.
    Fact: Dr. Wenstrup has served in the military, helping to save the lives of those fighting for our country. Fact: Dr. Wenstrup has actually had a payroll to meet and understands how damaging taxes can be to a small business.

  8. Wow a politician making a promise during a campaign? Something new! How hard is it to take this pledge? It is common sense! Nobody wants higher taxes. Way to stick your neck out there. Lets see if he gets the chance to stick to it.

  9. Duey -
    If' it's such an easy thing to do, and nobody wants higher taxes why hasn't Mallory signed the pledge?

  10. Hamcovoter,
    The President submits the proposed budget to Congress. I would also like to quote the former VP, Dick:
    "Reagan proved deficits don't matter, this is our due". Eat it.

  11. While I honor Brad's military service, I fail to see how it is relevant to his mayoral campaign.


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