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Monday, February 04, 2008

Eby Introduces Mallory Tonight

John Eby, the Westwood Republican who twice ran unsuccessfully for City Council, will be introducing Mayor Mark Mallory tonight at Mallory's State of the City speech.

We caught up with Eby this afternoon as he was getting ready for the 6:30 p.m. event at Playhouse in the Park. He said he's flattered, honored and also a little nervous about getting up in front of 600 people. He also said he's a little nervous about standing next to Mallory - "He's su ch a sharp dresser, and I'm a slob."

Eby was driving in his car when the mayor called him two or three weeks ago to ask him to do the introduction. "It was one of the few times when I had to pull over and say, 'What did you just say?"

The mayor told him he asked him to give the introduction because he'd heard Eby talk during last fall's campaign and that they agree on a lot of things related to consensus-building. The mayor told him he was pleased to hear that Eby, the new president of the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., would be staying involved after his loss in November.

"He probably says that to everybody," Eby said, laughing.

He said he wasn't told what to say. He sent his first draft to Mallory's communications director, Jason Barron, and Eby said he and Barron went over a few changes. He quotes Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper on the subject of officials working together.

"I think Mark's doing a good job," he said. "It'll be complimentary. You know, what an honor."

Eby said he hasn't made up his mind about whether he'll run again next year.


at 5:30 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should have elected Eby to Council last year...and this is yet another reason we need to elect him next year.

Run, John, run.

at 5:55 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY EBY? Seriously, why Eby? Of all people, John Eby? Who's next? The Dean of Cincinnati? Or our Bold Typist?

at 6:00 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck John, I wish you the best of luck.

at 6:16 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallory had to find someone who had done less for Cincinnati than he has. Eby is perfect.

at 10:09 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will, but John did a great job of introducing the Mayor.

at 10:11 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John did a great job introducing Mallory.

at 6:48 AM, February 05, 2008 Blogger kyle said...

why do think mallory is horrible because "he doesnt do anything"? Cincinnati has spent the last decade or so of politiicans trying to fix cincinnati and look what it has gotten them? a MASS exocdous to the suburbs!!! Why do people try to rely on politicians to fix things? T

at 6:49 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John's a nice guy that knows all the Mallory dirt.
John's told me he can't stand the Mallorys (especially Dale).
He chose to sell his soul for his 15 minutes of fame.
I voted for John in 2007, I won't do it again if he continues to sell out.

at 8:12 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Greg Harris said...

It's so nice to see someone of Eby's passion and intelligence get this kind of spotlight. He really is above partisanship when it comes to his love for the city, and I look forward to the day when some of his great ideas get implemented when he is elected. This was a classy move on the part of the Mayor.

at 9:52 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John's been a RINO all his life.
Ya think the Mayor's trying to convert him to be a Mallory DINO?
John, you have been genuine for years.
Be careful of the slimy company that you keep.

at 12:01 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eby is a great choice for this event because all of the things he talked about on the campaign trail the mayor is now talking about in the exact same language. We need to elect Eby if he runs again and integrate his great ideas with the rest of the city.

at 12:20 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eby received one of my two votes in '07.

He ran an honorable campaign and is a great citizen.

at 4:57 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Eby supporters are the ones who answer these blogs. I was always curious who anonymous voted for.

at 7:59 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincy seems almost genetically ordained to have two Republicans on Council. Dumping Ice Cream Boy for Eby would be a net plus.

at 3:17 PM, February 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans will have a tougher time in '09 running for Council. The Party is weak and the selection of candidates was (and is) weaker. What ever happened to a great Party?

at 12:11 PM, February 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the republicans?
They have lost their conservative values.
There is not one true conservative around here.
I'm not talking about some anti-abortion nut, or a religious whacko, but a real conservative who believes in individual empowerment, not massive giveaways. One who has the character and courage to stand up to the social program industry, and will go back to supporting the working people of our community- the most execrated class of people in today's culture.
Name one local politician who is strong enough to stand up to HUD.

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