Mike Bell is the Mayor of the City of Toledo, OH. Mike has been in office for about a half-year. The public seems about evenly-divided about certain parts of his lifestyle. Mike drives a big Harley motorcycle. He often wears a University of Toledo baseball cap, turned backward (as has been the youthful style for a number of years). He has a goatee and often wears, depending on the event, jeans that have holes in them. A regular part of his wardrobe are his tall cowboy boots.
The polling question today as we celebrate "independence" (showing my bias, eh?) asks whether or not a public official such as Mike Bell, strong-mayor form of government leader of a city of over 300,000 citizens, should appear in public functions dressed as a cool dude or is he an embarrassment to his community and his leadership position. Some would argue that a real leader would never dress in that manner......and, even worse, ride a big Harley.
At an event celebrating Crystal Bowersox, NW Ohio's American Idol runner-up, Mike Bell was on the stage with Ms. Bowersox, wearing the torn jeans, the backward ball cap, the tall boots. This Bear has absolutely no problem with that attire for that event. In fact, I don't care what he would wear when going to his office high atop the downtown Toledo skytower (an ugly Russian-looking monster) that holds state and city offices.
Performance in office is what counts. Local watchers give his performance about a "B". It has only been 6-months and he road his Harley into office at the same time that a $45 million budget deficit roared in. Not easy, folks, not easy.
What say you?