Maybe the mayor’s spokesman thought he was living in Beaver Falls, Ohio, not Toledo.
WSPD talk show host Brian Wilson and Toledo mayor spokesman Brian Schwartz had a rematch yesterday, this time at the Press Club of Toledo. The issue was the city government’s violation of the First Amendment when it barred WSPD reporters from local government functions.
The Toledo Blade’s Joshua Boak deftly captured the first round of the rematch:
Toledo mayoral spokesman Brian Schwartz tested the limits of public decorum yesterday during a forum about free speech.
Schwartz’s comments are off-putting in so many ways. My experience of port authorities is limited to passing through New York’s renowned locale on Trailways many years ago. If the Toledo’s port authority employees had any resemblance to what I saw at the NY Port Authority, well…
I’ve done a fair amount of speaking but haven’t heard of this ‘old speaker’s trick.’ Was Schwartz worried about reaching the conclusion of his talk too quickly, so he started thinking about the Port Authority?
The Blade article has lively details about Schwartz and Wilson’s duking it out. It is almost always a bad idea to get into a public shouting match with a talk show host…
I have not yet been able to confirm what impact the incident had on the grassroots campaign to draft Wilson to run for mayor in Toledo.
It is great that he is continuing to roast the city government for trampling the Constitution.
(Here’s the link to the blog entry I did on January 31 on Wilson and WSPD’s victory in federal court over the repressive mayor).