|Bart Simpson Lives In Springfield, Too.|
An answer on Miller's League of Women Voters candidate questionnaire form contains nearly identical language to Winburn's answer. Only Winburn delivered his three days earlier. The questions were, "What services to you think should be considered basic and essential in the city?" and "What services do you believe should be basic and essential in the township?" Even though Cincinnati is a major metropolitan city and Springfield Township is a small suburb, Miller appears not to have recognized differences between the two. On Sept. 23 at 7:46 a.m. he filed this answer: "Government officials are public servants to the voters and stewards of their public assets. Springfield Township must properly use public policy in order to manage necessary public services such as roads and sanitation, insure public safety through police and fire, and create an atmosphere where the free market economy can flourish through private industry with a minimum of government regulation." The link to Miller's answer is here.
As for Winburn, this is what he had to say on Sept. 20 at 4:09 p.m.: "Government officials are public servants to the voters and stewards of their public assets. The Cincinnati City Council must properly use public policy in order to manage necessary public services such as roads and sanitation, insure public saafety through police and fire, and create an atmosphere where the free market economy can flourish through private industry." The link to Winburn's answer is here. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that Winburn didn't say anything about minimizing government regulation.
Inquiring minds might be wondering if Winburn and his City Hall sidekick David Miller somehow collaborated, and they might also be curious to discover if they hatched their campaign manifestos while at work on government time. The city solicitor's office might want to did into the e-mails and computer traffic.
The Daily Bellwether does not have an answer yet. Obviously there was some coordination. The question of campaigning on public time has come up recently, with Democratic Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan being attacked by conservatives for posting material on her campaign website via city computers. She paid 13 cents -- yes, 13 cents -- to reimburse taxpayers. And whatever she posted online was original. Of course, Miller might argue that he didn't plagiarize anything. He could say he wrote the line that Winburn used on the League of Women Voters form, and that Winburn took it from him. But the records show, at this point, Winburn got there first.