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Published: Saturday, 3/7/2009

Durn crazy galoot

ADMIT it: Picturing Carty Finkbeiner as cartoon character Yosemite Sam, while not mayoral, is pretty funny. But the mayor and Jason Webber, the Finkbeiner spokesman who drew that word picture on his MySpace.com page, undoubtedly aren t laughing.

Mr. Webber, the former Toledo City Paper managing editor who became the mayor s spokesman last year, had been posting his impressions of his boss on a private blog, apparently believing the Internet is like Las Vegas: What happens there, stays there.

Truth is, anything shared with other people, face to face or especially on the Internet can and usually does become public. As someone in the information business, Mr. Webber should have known that.

Chris Myers, who runs a Web site where the unfortunate posts were revealed, claims he was serving the public interest because people want to know what the mayor is really like. How noble. People would also like to know how Mr. Myers came by the blog entries but nobility has its limits.

So, what did we learn from Mr. Webber s blog? Nothing we didn t already know.

Working for the mayor, Mr. Webber wrote, is bizarre, exhausting, and soul-battering. That s probably in the city s job description.

The mayor continues to dig his political grave. Folks have been writing Mr. Finkbeiner s political obituary for years. Sometimes Carty gasp! yells at his staff. Sometimes? We re guessing Mr. Webber now has personal experience with that aspect of his boss character.

And, finally, Mr. Finkbeiner is the Energizer Bunny of obsessive mayors, on the go from morning until night. Yeah, well, he s not called Toledo s head cheerleader for nothing.

In fact, the only thing worth learning from this incident is something else everyone should already know: Something posted on the Internet has as much chance of staying private as putting it on that electronic billboard next to I-475.

Jason Webber should understand that now.



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