CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Of course, you may have to step into an alternate version of reality to understand this snippet of pure gossip. But tomorrow's edition of The Whistleblower is going to have a craftily worded item about a power couple who are headed for Splitsville. It doesn't mention Ken and Rosa Blackwell by their given names, but calls the couple by a sobriquet, the "Buckwheats." For years, The Whistleblower has made fun of former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell by calling him by that name. Blackwell was the Republican candidate for govenor in 2006. Here's the item:
"Whistleblower Gossip Columnist ???? says after many years of wedded bliss, the Buckwheats may finally be getting a divorce. Mr. Buckwheat lost his job in Columbus and had to move back home to Cincinnati with Mrs. Buckwheat. Mrs. Buckwheat soon realized that her man was useless and couldn't help get her jobs any more through his political connections, so she be dumpin' him show nuff."
The item also mentions that the Mrs. still hasn't filled out her retirement papers, and that she's waiting for November board elections to take place before deciding whether to step down from her post. Rosa Blackwell is Cincinnati's school superintendent, and has announced she plans to step down next year. The school board elections in Cincinnati are November 6.
What's The Bellwether's opinion of the gossip item? It's a bit mean-spirited and The Whistleblower may be way off the mark. However, if the Blackwells, er Buckwheats, do wind up in Domestic Relations court it will be one helluva scoop. Ken Blackwell is a family values Republican who is politically aligned with several Christian values groups. Hard to see him dumping a marriage a la Giuliani.