“Our right to vote is the issue,” Smitherman said in an email to members and others.No, the effort to defeat the Parking Plan is all about Republicans trying to defeat Democrats, because they only have two solid votes on Council and want more. They see the Parking Plan, which really would normally be welcomed ideologically by businesses focused Republicans, as a way to get to the uninformed voter and exploiting their ignorance. How better to get people mad than by making them think the price for something is going up. It works if you use donuts beer, McDonald's, or even guns.
Smitherman is supporting the Republicans. I would not be surprised if he is courting the GOP for an endorsement and trying to factor in how many votes that would cost him in Bond Hill and Roselawn.
John Cranely is doing the same thing, but seems to be backing off the spotlight. He knows the GOP endorsement would kill his chances to win the Mayor's race, but he'll walk the line even more blatantly than Smitherman, one of his supporters. Dishonesty in being two faced is not either politician shys away from.