Pocek, a hard core democrat, accidently caused an endorsement letter for Obama to be sent using city materials.
From the PD --
Mayor Daniel Pocek said today that he repaid the cost of using city stationery for letters asking Northeast Ohio mayors and city managers to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Pocek said the drafted letter was mistakenly mixed up in a pile of papers given to the city clerk. The situation came to light when the finance director questioned why city stationery and postage was being used for a political letter, Pocek said.
"It was a total miscommunication and I take full responsibility," Pocek said this morning. A personal check for $115.26 was written and delivered to the city, Pocek said, covering cost of the clerk's time, stationery and postage for the 60 letters.
"I have a campaign fund for this kind of situation. I have personal e-mail. It was never my intention for this to happen," Pocek said.
I heard Mayor Pocek speaking on WTAM with the disgusting and repulsive slobTrivasanno about this incident. Though it was an innocent mistake, Pocek willfully placed his hand out to be publicly slapped. Pocek could have easily passed blame, but didn't - so I have to commend Mayor Pocek for "manning up" and admitting guilt.
I have received many calls from fellow Bedford residents who were upset about this incident. After speaking to them many were shocked that I would defend our Mayor and our Clerk of Council. I also stand in defense of our Clerk of Council's integrity.
Mayor Pocek and I have had some very spirited exchanges on & off council floor. If for one minute I thought this was not an innocent mistake - I would be all over Mayor Pocek using city resources to support the Anti-American, socialist agenda of Obama. But it was a mistake and Pocek immediately did the right thing - which is something rarely seen by politicians of either party.
Don't worry - I am not turning soft. Bedford is discussing implementing a $15 fee for trash pick up due to declining finances. You can be sure I will be demanding ALL department heads no longer be allowed to drive city vehicles home at night. We have some department heads driving over 30 miles one way to work, this will stop unless they want a fight over their proposed trash pick up fee.