Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Phuture of Pho

My one-week declaration of “becation” having dragged on for five extra days without explanation, it is time to come clean with whatever readers I have left. Like Redhorse at Psychobilly Democrat, I have accepted a position with the Tom Sawyer for State Board of Education campaign. I will be running internet outreach, among other duties. We struck the deal Friday and since then I have been scrambling to tie up loose ends and starting to ramp up.

As for the blog. I’ve decided to put it in more or less suspended animation for the duration of the campaign. I have several reasons for this. I fear the usual conflict of interest charges any time I brush up against the race. Some in the audience are satisfied by no amount of disclosure, believing instead that the only fair move is to give up one position or the other.

Second, I worry about writing something controversial on the blog that will blow back on the campaign. Or conversely, I am concerned about pulling punches too much here. Neither is a good option and backing off is superior to both.

But ultimately the conflict of time will swamp any real or perceived conflict of interest. I will be devoting every spare ounce of energy and moment of time to getting Tom elected. At the same time, I will be maintaining my position with Ohio Fair Schools, trying to discharge my existing volunteer duties and taking care of my family. I simply will not have time to blog.

I am hoping – hoping – to post a few clean-up pieces, mostly about MTB events. And perhaps I will drop occasional posts here if I do some blowing-off-steam writing and it looks appropriate for publication.

Well, as far as this blog goes generally, that is. We are planning to run a blog for the campaign – the URL will get a post once its up. For that matter, I will probably be cross-posting major announcements and may try to publicize events and volunteer opportunities for Tom’s campaign and others here.

One last bit of business. Back when I posted about Tom’s candidacy I mentioned deleting some posts. At that time, I had not been approached by the campaign, and indeed didn’t in my wildest imaginings consider the possibility that I would. In fact I was on vacation when the news came of Tom’s candidacy and deleted the posts at that time. I genuinely believed what I wrote – that his decision to run in this race gave lie to the street-level grousing I heard. I had never been comfortable with the posts at issue and didn’t need much impetus to dump them.

And in fact, I can tell you this race has energized Tom. Where he seemed fairly subdued during the 13th race, he now bristles with energy. Where he says publicly that he is excited by the potential of the position, privately he overflows with that excitement.

So if you want a strongly progressive, pro-public schools Board of Education member surf on over to VoteforSawyer.com, read up and consider a contribution. And if you just really like Pho’s Akron Pages and wish I would install a tip jar, come on over and donate to my guy instead.

15 comments:

cindy said...

Congrats. Sounds like it will be a nice change of pace for you and you'll be great at blogger outreach.

Yellow Dog Sammy said...

It's a grievous loss for the Ohio blogosphere, but hey ... we need to elect Tom Sawyer and you're the right guy to help get that done. Go, Pho, Go!

Muffet said...

Congrats. Job well done, as usual.

Modern Esquire said...

First they took Tim Russo, and I said nothing because I wasn't a Russo. Then they took Plunderbund, and I said nothing, because I don't plunder. And then they took Pho...

Where have all the bloggers gone? Long time passing...

Actually, congrats, but don't be gone too long! :)

Village Green said...

Go Tom and Go Pho!

Here's hoping you get rid of that creationist.

Rich in Medina said...

Okay....I read this and thought..."career politician who can't win is settling for a state post as a last chance." Perhaps my assessment is correct, but his website at least offers some hope that I am wrong. Tell me more about the State BOE. How many are on the Board? How can one "washed up" politician enact change and influence others on board? Edumecate me.

Pho said...

Fair questions, Rich. Answering questions like that will be one of the projects for the campaign blog, when we get to that on our (lengthy) punch list.

el jefe said...

Very interesting stuff here. I'll miss reading your blog but I anticipate that you'll keep up with it more than you'd lead us to believe. I've run into Tom Sawyer off and on again for about 15 years now. Everything from attending youth democracy seminars to working with his daughter for ~2years to bartending his engagements to chatting up his wife earlier this year at the Akron City Council Smoking Ban Meeting late last year.

It's interesting to me that you chose to work on his campaign. I wish you the best of experiences!

grandpaboy said...

Excellent Pho! It's gratifying to see someone with passion and intelligence being called upon. I hope we get to read more of your experience, when things slow down.

David Kovacs said...

Pho, I remember when you endorsed my campaign. Oh how quickly your cards change. Sawyer is a weak candidate and his weaknesses will be exploited I can assure you.

Pho said...

Well, Dave, I've re-read my comment and am hard pressed to see how you interpreted it as an "endoresement." I regret if I gave you a mistaked impression

el jefe said...

I'm down with the Greens but I have to say, endoresement or no, that site needs some help and some more info.

mencken said...

Defeating creationists is the prime directive of course, but I'll be interested to hear your assessment of Sawyer once this process reached its conclusion.

Buckle up.

mencken said...

Tom Sawyer: Blog Killer

mibster said...

Pho: You're knuckling down with a true champion - Tom plays for keeps and will clean the ring at the OBE. Luck. mibster