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Councilman Polensek Should Resign
Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 17:03.
I never thought Councilman Mike Polensek was a bad guy, maybe a frustrated, burned out, partially-jaded reformer facing difficult tasks in Cleveland, but not a bad guy. However, in my mind, you can't justify the latest problem involving his asking a local development nonprofit organization to buy a house for him while he secured financing. He can say he gave the nonprofit a modest profit for helping he can say it was only a short-term thing and he can say he only did it for his mom, but.... as Councilman, he directed public money to the nonprofit and he personally benefited from a specific transaction. That's an ethics violation that I can't see a way around. He should have known better. Maybe he did and didn't care. Local development nonprofits have challenging missions and can't be subject to the added pressure of being asked by a public official to act like a private bank. Councilman Polensek should resign.