• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Opening Arguments

He's baaaack!

Dr. John Crawford, escorted from public service by voters in the last city election, wants to come back, but he wants us to ask him first. In an open letter to Fort Wayne citizens published in both newspapers (see Page 4a of yesterday's JG or 5a of the N-S), he says his philosophy while serving on City Council was always "fiscal constraint and keeping government as small as possible," and he wants input on whether to run for an office in city government in 2011:

I think it'll give me some idea of whether there's overwhelming interest or underwhelming interest, whether I should run for mayor, city council, or anything."

The letter asks people to check one of five options: run for mayor, run for council, run for the hills and never come back -- will hate you forever for the smoking ordinance, want to help you run and will contribute now, want to help you by doing volunteer work.

Well. I couldn't fill out the form because it was missing the option I would want to check: Tell me more, please. The doctor obviously thinks his push for the smoking ordinance caused his defeat -- he mentions it twice in the letter, the only specific issue covered. That was a contributing factor, but there was one other controversial vote he made: approval of Franklin Square in the face of overwhelming opposition by the voters.

So I'd ask Dr. Crawford: Do you think the smoking ordinance and Franklin Square vote were consistent with your philosophy of fiscal restraint and small government? If so, how? If not, justify the exceptions you made in these cases.

I think the smoking ordinance is easier to explain (if not justify), because he's a physician who sees the effects of smoking (maybe that's why he included it in the letter). Franklin Square is a lot harder -- it is at odds with the conservatives' belief that government's main economic-development activity should be to keep taxes and regulation sufficiently business friendly to attract investment. There was no obvious reason (that I can see) for Crawford to embrace the activist view that a city should commit us all not only so supporting a partciular enterprise but dictate where it was placed.


tim zank
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 8:32am

If Ft Wayne voters vote him back in to office (of any kind) they get what they deserve. More nanny micro-management of their lives and huge spending on sh#t nobody needs.

"he says his philosophy while serving on City Council was always

Bob G.
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 9:09am

Yeah, Tim...all that "fiscal restraint"...t'was a joke, and was about as "funny" as a TRAIN WRECK.
Maybe there's another windmill on the horizon, Sancho?

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 9:53am

Yeah, I agree. Not enough options on his checklist.
I want him to go away, but it has nothing to do with his support of the smoking ban.
Notice that all the selections, one way or another, manage to put him in a good light.
This comes very close to being a "push poll."

Lewis Allen
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 5:12pm

The fact that he lacks the guts to run without pre-approval speaks volumes about him. We don't need his nanny-state BS here.

Skeleton Key Master
Wed, 05/19/2010 - 7:03am

Don't think for a minute that Mr. Crawford doesn't have his own skeletons stacked away in a closet. Reality is, he's no different than any of the other politicians in the news right now and has allowed his ego and his position as a so called physician to feed his agenda. He cares little for the people in the community and has used his limited name to become little more than notorious in both the medical and public communities. He craves the negative criticisms like a smoker craves a cigarette. He's the proverbial bully in school, constantly poking us in the ribs to see how angry we'll get. The madder we are, the happier it makes him. Why do you think he put the ad in the paper? He must have been jones'ing for some attention. Bored with your life right now Mr. Crawford? Have an affair. Just please stay out of public office. For the sake of the community