Here are some final thoughts to consider about Mrs. Tomlinson as you weigh your vote for Tuesday.
Mrs. Tomlinson, while quick to offer some half-true, lawyered responses to initial postings on this website initially, has refused to respond to questions raised about her qualifications to be Mayor of Columbus.
Fact: Tomlinson has supported far left Democrats for years and only gave token sums to a handful of Republicans in the last 24 months.
Fact: Tomlinson is a strong supporter of EMILY’s List that supports taxpayer funded abortion on demand.
Fact: Tomlinson received hundreds of dollars from Unions and the Democratic Party in her quest to become Mayor of Columbus.
Fact: After pledging not to take a salary as Executive Director of Midtown, Inc., Tomlinson paid herself $80,000 per year just two years later for what she said herself was a “part-time” job.
Fact: Tomlinson has pledged to end the property tax freeze on homesteads, calling the tax freeze an “entitlement”
Fact: Other than ending the tax freeze, Tomlinson’s only stated goal as Mayor is to “drive development into Columbus” and has said that “government must resolve market anomalies” when it comes to economic development in Columbus. There is a word for government directed economic planning–maybe you can help us remember what that word is?
Fact: While Tomlinson touts her record as Executive Director of Midtown, Inc. and has separately demanded for efficiency audits of city government, she refuses to disclose financial records for Midtown, Inc. that would demonstrate whether or not she was a good manager there.
Fact: Tomlinson claims to have negotiated contracts on behalf of the City, saving “millions” when there is no public record of her ever being employed by the City to negotiate contracts or to do anything else for that matter.
Fact: Tomlinson claims she has a “bridge building” capability to overcome the racial divide in Columbus. This, despite the fact that Tomlinson has spent hundreds of dollars supporting The Courier newspaper which recently compared the CEO of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce to a member of the KKK. Shockingly, Tomlinson has also accepted the endorsement of this newspaper, which in almost every issue seeks to foment racial tension. Further, Tomlinson as a trial lawyer has been trained to battle out disputes in court, not mediating them behind closed doors with stakeholders.
Mrs. Tomlinson is probably well meaning, but is woefully unqualified to be Mayor or to hold a position of public trust for these and other reasons. We at TTAT hope that we have been able to in some small way shed a light on these issues to inform the voting public. We expect this effort will continue through November 30.
Until then we remain,