Toledoan Wade Kapszukiewicz was the Topic of a September 14, 2005 Toledo Talk Message Thread.


I wrote a Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 entitled
Wade Kapszukiewicz, The Boy Who Would Be King. Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

You may read that commentary of mine if you go over to Roland Hansen Commentary and search for it; or, you may go directly to the entry itself by following the embedded link that is contained within its title in the opening sentence of this Roland’s Ramblings blog entry.

I ended that Roland Hansen Commentary with this sentence:

Open the embedded link to a message thread that was started September 14, 2005 on the message board of Toledo Talk that provides more scuttlebutt about Wade “Skippy” Kapszukiewicz.

Interestingly enough, though, for some reason that I do not understand, that embedded link does not load from the Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry, even though that exact same link opens immediately from comments I made in a message thread on my Facebook page. Ergo, that is the reason for this Roland’s Ramblings blog entry that now follows.

Just in case the URL [http://www.]  for the September 14, 2005 Toledo Talk message thread entitled “Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz”  is no longer on line or in the event that the URL stops displaying the information contained therein, I am placing below a copy of its text.

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September 14, 2005
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz – This is a message thread to post your comments about Wade Kapszukiewicz, currently the Lucas County Treasurer, former Toledo City Councilperson, and former member of the Governing Board of the Lucas County Education Service Center.

posted by RolandHansen to politics at 3:42 P.M. EST (90 Comments)

Comments …

In the now closed thread discussing Toledo’s mayoral candidates, there were several comments concerning the now-Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz.
In that I was first introduced to Wade in 1995 by the then-leaders of the Lucas County Democratic Party when he was chosen to run for the Governing Board of the Lucas County Education Service Center and I served on the LCESC Governing Board at the time Wade was elected, I think a message thread about Wade Kapszukiewicz might be an interesting ongoing topic.
The comments (without the attributing author) on the previous message thread are copied below:

Oh GOSH and GEE-WHIZ, Skippy has been sworn in!
He’s pledged to “clean house” of the peons that worked in the office under the Kest administration. I for one will always remember him for ruining businesses in Toledo as the auther of Toledo’s smoking ban that sent Toledoans and other customers to businesses in the burbs.
I expect he’ll now move mountains to drive businesses out of Lucas County too. But, he -IS- the democratic party’s favorite little puppy, and they don’t care if he isn’t “house broken.”

I repeat things I’ve said before regarding Wade The Wonder Boy.
1) He’s (along with Frank So-Lousy) the most arrogant young elitist know-it-all punk bas&%*d to ever hit toledo politics.
2)He knows absolutely nothing about managing the entire county’s money. Don’t believe he even has a degree in Economics. Why in the name of God would toledoans elect this punk kid to such a job?
3). Due to the fact he’s: A). A dem in Lucas County B). Polish. 3). the party’s darling.
He’s in for life.

Wade is a very unstable individual. He will create some serious issues in the Treasurers office. I heard someone say that the only reason Wade was on council was to establish a ‘political presence’ and that his goal was, and always has been, Treasurer.
The statement made perfect sense since he was pretty much invisible in his district. A couple times Gerken ‘filled in’ for him at local meetings/forums because Wade had other commitments. (ie – kissing babies in Monclova, following Jack around, etc.)
Kest was bad – but I’m not sure we have a more stable personality in there now. Sad – so sad.

Yeah, you’re right-but-with one important exception. You never SAW OR HEARD Kest, so he was FAR easier to put up with (until he came out of seclusion to run for mayor, and the Puppet Master killed him politically, paving the way for their choices, Weasel Wade & Smilin’ Jack). This punk will be on/in the news constantly mouthing off, because he can’t keep his mouth shut and thinks he’s so important, everyone cares about what he has to say as much as he does. And don’t delude yourself for one instant into thinking he’s going to be any different than Kest was, as far as honesty/integrity. My belief is, he’s going to be far worse.

posted by RolandHansen at 03:44 P.M. EST on Wed Sep 14, 2005 #

Dear ‘Skippy’ never did anything for Point Place as a city council rep, either…he was too busy trying figure out how to get into his next government job.

The only consolation to him being the Treasurer is that a committee makes the investment decisions with the advice of a paid financial advisor. That committee consists of the three commissioners (Thurber is the only one who actually attends), the Treasurer, and the Clerk of Common Pleas Court – all the individuals who have authority over the money. With the committee, it means that ‘skippy’ won’t be able to do much damage to the taxpayer’s investments for a while, at least.
posted by intrepid at 04:35 P.M. EST on Wed Sep 14, 2005 #

On the bright side, it did get him off city council, where, after reading Intrepid’s comments, he could probably have -long-term-done more damage. I have no doubt the fools of toledo would have welcomed him as head of council someday (they’re’s always So-lousy for that, though). I was unaware there were so many checks and balances in the treasurer’s position. Thanks for the info, Intrepid. It made me breathe a little easier. Now if there was only a way to get him to just quietly enjoy the perks of his lifetime job and keep his obnoxious mouth shut.
posted by Foolkiller at 04:44 P.M. EST on Wed Sep 14, 2005 #

Wade is here. Wade is there. Wade is everywhere. It was the early summer of 1995 when I received a telephone call from Lucas County Democratic Headquarters asking me to come to the office to meet Wade Kapszukiewicz. I did go down to meet Wade. It was then that I was told that Wade wanted to have a career as an elected official and that he was going to start out by seeking election to the Governing Board of the Lucas County Education Service Center. During that meeting, I was also informed that even if Wade K was not elected to that position he would get the name recognition needed to run for a different position later on. Furthermore, I was informed that Wade wanted to run someday for Governor of Ohio and maybe even President of the United States. Well, Wade did run for the ESC Board and won. Upon being elected to that Board, he immediately began positioning himself for his future political ambitions with the assistance of Democratic Headquarters and of Randy Dixon, another newly elected member of the LCESC Board. I have the details because I was there. So, if it interests you, I can tell you more. By the way, do you remember when he announced he was a candidate for State Representative and had a fundraiser for that position? That was reported in The Blade. Do you also remember that he then dropped that quest and shortly thereafter was appointed to a vacant seat on Toledo City Council? I also know the details of how that appointment came about because I was present (but not involved) when a deal was struck. Do you also remember when Wade announced he wanted to be a Lucas County Commissioner? That was also reported in The Blade.
posted by RolandHansen at 09:35 A.M. EST on Thu Sep 15, 2005 #

From your post intrepid, sounds like we should be more worried about Maggie Thurber handling the county investments than Wade Kapsukiewicz. Did anyone check to make sure they aren’t investing in Tom Noe’s rare coins too?

Sure seems like we should be a little suspicious about our money with a woman under investigation for money laundering. Just my two cents.
posted by tirednipping at 09:14 P.M. EST on Thu Sep 15, 2005 #

I didn’t know MT was under investigation for money laundering. When did that come out?
posted by thinkingwoman at 07:16 A.M. EST on Fri Sep 16, 2005 #

That’s one of the speculative rumors making its way around town, thinkingwoman.

Supposedly, the grand jury is considering whether Noe gave away tickets to the fundraiser, and if accepting that ticket constitutes “money-laundering.”

Seems like a stretch to me; I think, at worst, it would be a campaign finance violation.
posted by historymike at 08:02 A.M. EST on Fri Sep 16, 2005 #

Skippy RAN AWAY from his entire district. He will RUN AWAY from this new job also because he has his eye on the next job, Lookout Washington, Skippy wants to invade DC.
posted by Judy at 01:11 P.M. EST on Fri Sep 16, 2005 #

Actually, state law governs how counties can invest money – in fact, they can only invest in such things as government bonds and securities – and other such investments determined to be “safe”…they’re very restricted.

As for who is under investigation…I’d be more careful about such comments (saying someone’s being investigated for money laundering) – especially if they aren’t true. No one’s ever said that Thurber was under investigation – just that she was a witness who testified before the grand jury – although plenty of rumors were rampant that she was going to resign as commissioner back in June…when that didn’t happen and the rumors were proven false, most of the rumors went away. Funny, too, that one source of the ‘resigning rumor’ was Dominic Montalto…
posted by intrepid at 03:16 P.M. EST on Fri Sep 16, 2005 #

I was hoping tirednipping would respond. Thank goodness there was only two cents involved.

I heard the rumors too. Montalto called someone at the Lucas Co. Courthouse about Thurber resigning one lovely June afternoon. By happy hour the entire legal community had it spread around. It’s a very efficient grapevine.

Back to the original topic: I’m a little concerned about Wade’s “thorough” house cleaning. I hope he didn’t fire people who were good for the citizens in his zeal to remove political opponents. You know, throw out the baby with the bath water. I am tired of dealing with people who are incompetent because their predecessors weren’t the right political stripe…within the same party. How stupid is that?
posted by thinkingwoman at 05:40 A.M. EST on Sat Sep 17, 2005 #

A lot of the treasurer’s staff is union, so their jobs are mostly okay…a few of the administrative staff that were never involved in politics got the heave-ho, though…sad – they were good public servants who were not political – but a newly elected politician has to have his cronies surrounding him…
posted by intrepid at 10:52 A.M. EST on Sat Sep 17, 2005 #

thinkingwoman, I found some spare change in the sofa, so I am back…

What I want to know is why two county commissioners (when one was still there and before the other lost her pulpit) decided to install another longtime political crony, Bob Reinbolt, into the post and now he is all over the paper as a Carty spokesman.

Did they have some secret deal worked out to raise his profile enough to help Carty beat Jack Ford this year?

That seems like a bigger political calculation than their reasoning that he would provide “integrity” to the system during a transition.
posted by tirednipping at 11:23 A.M. EST on Sat Sep 17, 2005 #

thinkingwoman, I found some spare change in the sofa, so I am back…

That was really funny. I laughed out loud.

I don’t know. Nearly everything at that level is politically motivated. Hopefully somebody has the inside scoop.
posted by thinkingwoman at 01:49 P.M. EST on Sat Sep 17, 2005 #

From what I understand: The local democratic party (before the split between A/B teams was official) had the ability to appoint a treasurer when Kest resigned. They kept delaying the vote because the pressure was to put Wade into the position as he’d just been elected. However, Wade didn’t have the votes on the executive committee because of the change in the leadership (Ross to Isenburg). Wade didn’t want to risk it going to vote because he knew he’d be shut out…

So along comes another plot – the position had to be filled and, under Ohio law, if the local party doesn’t fill the position, then the Board of County Commissioners MUST. So the local dems (A Team) tried to use the Commissioners to accomplish what they couldn’t – putting Wade into the position.

Thurber, a Republican, didn’t want to get caught up in internal democratic party politics and Barlos, recently spurned by those same dems over the endorsement, wasn’t inclined to do them any favors. Wozniak was going to do whatever the A-Team told her to do.

So – third option…appoint someone without clear ties to either camp. At the time, Reinbolt was not signed up with Carty and is, last checked, a registered independent. Reinbolt had a good reputation within the City of Toledo as a no-nonsense administrator who did a good job without letting politics get into the way.

During the Commissioners meeting at which the appointment was made, Thurber severly criticized the democrats for not doing their duty and making the appointment and for trying to futher politicize the Board of County Commissioners and involve the BCC in their internal struggles.

Several other names had been considered – people within the Treasurer’s office, but not Irish – however, they were threatened that they’d find NO JOBS ANYWHERE if they took the position and were later fired by Wade (which was already a given).

As for some secret plot – probably just wishful thinking on behalf of the Anybody But Carty crowd…Carty didn’t need his profile raised and Reinbolt didn’t either.

Interestingly – Reinbolt was the unanimous choice of Thurber, Wozniak and Gerken to head the Zoo Task Force. If there was any truth to some “secret deal” as tirednipping asks, I doubt very much that Gerken and Wozniak would have supported Reinbolt on the Zoo task force…that gave him a much higher profile than the limited days in the treasurers office did prior to Duffy going in.
posted by intrepid at 11:34 A.M. EST on Sun Sep 18, 2005 #

I know for a fact that if Maggie Thurber wasn’t a member of the County Commissioners, Lucas County would be royally “ear-deep” in the cesspool Pete and Tina wallow in.

It’s really too bad Lucas County is as LAZY as Toledo is.

I have a tad more than two cents to this pathetic democratic drama these knuckleheads play out daily. The Local Democratic Party is much like the Local at Jeep. They (Jeep employees) have a “union”, but the company (Jeep) pays for it. This same Jeep-paid union endorse and financially back the local democrats. The SAME democrats that are ignored by the National Democratic Party. So basically Jeep is buying Toledo.

Do I get change back? 😀
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:52 A.M. EST on Mon Sep 19, 2005 #

Oh, by the way, I had an email banter with ol’ Skip the idiot some time back. He truly is one stupid moron.

Lucas County truly has no idea the mental midget they unleashed when they elected Skip the Wunderdolt to oversee the County’s bank account.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:54 A.M. EST on Mon Sep 19, 2005 #

Thanks for the clarification intrepid. You must have a dynamite memory, I didn’t remember even half of that before. Are you an attorney? Your grasp of state law is quite impressive.

It does seem to me that if anyone is politicizing the commissioners, it is Thurber. Every time I listen to WSPD, there is Maggie, whining about this or that. I’d rather have commissioners that take their own initiative, instead of just complaining all the time.
posted by tirednipping at 06:09 P.M. EST on Tue Sep 20, 2005 #

Tirednipping – couldn’t decide on the following answer to your question: Nope, not an attorney – but I play one on TV…or, more recently: Nope, not an attorney but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night (or whatever that hotel is in the commercials).

I just follow local politics pretty closely and have lots of high friends in low places that share info.

I also have a different perspective of Thurber – she takes to the air when the other two try to get away with things, although I readily admit that my perspective of this may be colored by my intense dislike of the other two and what they represent – as well as their voting history and lack of accomplishments on Toledo City Council. In fact, Reagan did the very same thing…whenever Congress was giving him a hard time about one of his ideas, he went directly to the people.

My impression is that 2 commissioners forget that all 3 were elected by a majority of voters in Lucas County. I think 2 of them got too used to serving in Toledo council where the only ideas that mattered were the ones coming from the A team of the democrat party.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember her whining…unlike “skippy” who never lets an opportunity pass to “whine” about how his party wouldn’t give him the treasurer’s office when Kest stepped down or about how fantastic Jack Ford is…please!
posted by intrepid at 09:59 P.M. EST on Tue Sep 20, 2005 #


Would you slap a diaper on someone complaining about being a dime short in checkout? Shove a pacifier into the mouth of someone complaining about the prices of gasoline? How about putting the complainer in a crib because they don’t like the idiots they’re stuck with because their fellow citizens are too lazy and pathetic to go vote?

Altho Maggies blood beats Republican Blue, her heart is for Lucas County. Why fault her for that? See any ludicrious ideas being conjured up by Maggie? Because you hear her on the radio complaining about this or that which Pete “I’ll bust you in the head if you deny me” Gerkin shoves down the throats of Lucas Countians without following protocol, try listening to what she is saying, you’d be surprised with the logic she uses.

Pete Gerkin is an absolute moron, and Tina makes for a great package of Charmin toilet paper. As far as Skippy “I WANNA BE TREASURER” Ketsupcabbage, I have a meaty “butchered syntax” he can wrap his lips around. It cracks me up that this band of nitwits passing themselves off as working FOR the citizens of Lucas County wear DEMOCRAT on their lapels.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:27 A.M. EST on Wed Sep 21, 2005 #

Tina is a very nice woman – no question. I believe she does the best she can. Is that adequate? No. So the next time we vote how about we vote on results not niceness.

Pete? He has a vision. Unfortunately it’s tunnel vision. I think he’s a nice person too albeit scary when it comes to micromanaging.

Maggie does bleed Republican. I disagree with her viewpoint sometimes but she is always upfront. If you have occasion to meet with her you will never walk away wondering if she was completely honest with you.

I don’t get that from the other two. I wish I did.
posted by thinkingwoman at 07:51 A.M. EST on Wed Sep 21, 2005 #

Comments of Wade K’s Chief Deputy
Almost one year ago, Keith McCrea penned a commentary on another web site. Portions of it are reproduced below.
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004
From: “themeasurestaken”
Subject: Wade Kapszukiewicz – A Genuine Human, a Genuine Liberal
Hi, All
Like Roland, I have also been in both public and backroom meetings with Wade. And in the interest of full disclosure, I am a close friend of Wade, was in his wedding, and work for and with him at Toledo City Council. He is both a fine human being and, unlike…Roland…, a genuinely committed public servant.
I will resist the temptation to discuss Roland’s public service… I will, however, say that Wade’s record speaks for itself., a non-profit he founded, has saved people throughout Northwest Ohio over a hundred thousand dollars in prescription costs. He has been a vocal supporter of both mental health and drug addiction services and worked to maintain funding for both. His desire to serve is vividly clear to any and everyone who has spoken to him on these issues and views them with an objective eye.
Wade Kapszukiewicz, in my humble and admittedly somewhat biased opinion, …certainly isn’t perfect and sometimes is a little too quick to make everyone happy, but he is a genuine, honest, and committed liberal.
Best to all,
Keith McCrea

posted by RolandHansen at 09:54 P.M. EST on Sat Sep 24, 2005 #

Keith, sorry about your luck. I can honestly say crow tastes like crap, Keith, so keep some Lea & Perrins nearby to help it go down easier.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:04 A.M. EST on Sun Sep 25, 2005 #

The Political History of Wade Kapszukiewicz
Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected to a four-year term on the Lucas County Educational Service Center Governing Board in November 1995. Shortly after that election was held, Mr. Kapszukiewicz announced he was running for State Representative and had several fundraisers.
He left the State Representative race when the Lucas County Democratic Party indicated the party endorsement would be given to Jeanine Perry. In January 1999, he was appointed to fill the District 6 vacancy on Toledo City Council that came about as the result of the incumbent Jeanine Perry winning election to the Ohio House of Representatives, the very same seat that Wade Kapszukiewicz had previously sought. In the special election of May 1999, he was elected to complete the remaining part of the un-expired term. He was re-elected to this position in November 2001 for a two-year term.
In December 2002, Wade Kapszukiewicz sought the appointment of the Lucas County Democratic Party to the un-expired term of Lucas County Commissioner that was brought about by the retirement of County Commissioner Bill Copeland. The appointment went to Tina Skeldon Wozniak, instead.
In November 2003, Wade Kapszukiewicz was re-elected to the City Council District 6 position. But before even being sworn in to his new 4-year term on Toledo City Council, which was to begin in January 2004, Wade Kapszukiewicz announced his candidacy for the position of Lucas County Treasurer in the election to be held in November 2004.
He won that November 2004 election for Lucas County Treasurer. By Ohio state law, the term for that position was to begin in September 2005. Wade Kapszukiewicz did not want to wait for his elected term as Lucas County Treasurer to begin in September 2005. He called for the resignation of the incumbent County Treasurer and wanted to be appointed to the remainder of that term. The incumbent did in fact resign, but the appointment to the unexpired portion of that term went to someone else. That did not sit well with Wade Kapszukiewicz, and he made quite a few public comments bemoaning the fact that he did not receive the appointment.
That is all history now. Wade Kapszukiewicz was sworn into his elected term during September 2005 and is presently the Lucas County Treasurer, and his long-time friend Keith McCrea is his chief deputy treasurer.
I can’t help but wonder how long Wade Kapszukiewicz will be in the office of Lucas County Treasurer before he attempts to pursue some other political position.
posted by RolandHansen at 07:03 A.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #


I have, and always will, respect anything you post. You are a very intelligent and informed individual, and I appreciate that.

–>BUT<– When someone is following the leader when SHE is supposedly the President of the Commissioners office, that shows her lack of leadership skills. Yes, I am calling her leadership abilities into question. How can someone that is supposedly in control allow someone as underqualified as Pete Gerkin to delegate protocol is unfathomable. Alas, it occurs in Lucas County. And all the outlying surburb communities are victims of these two…dolts. I wonder if anyone can name one productive idea from those two that show a positive in Lucas County that did not cause controversy? Name one that Tina came up with on her own without Pete whispering in her ear that was a positive? Anyone?

Heck, I disagree with some of the posters on this page regularly. Dosen’t mean they’re bad people. I’m sure in her personal life, Tina is a fabulous person to have at a BBQ. Pete? heh. Don’t let me see THAT nimrod in a Kroger. Just keep telling myself I can’t get arrested for calling a moron a moron. Maggie? She may bleed Republican Blue, but she is perfect as the “check valve” for some of the ignorance that permeates the democrat side of the Commission Chambers.

Not a Democrat nor a Republican. My voters card lists me as an “independant”. My vote goes to the one qualified to run for the position. Skippy “Butchered Syntax” KetsupCabbage is the PERFECT example of the wrong person for the job. Regardless of political affiliation, Skip is qualified only as a greeter at your local “Mart” store, at night, and dealing only with drunk people. Otherwise the crybaby will create a hulabaloo and make people wince and shop elsewhere. I’ve emailed that bedwetter and all he could do was correct my email. Never addressed any issues I presented, just critiqued my comma placements!

I am so tempted to post them. One day when I am bored, I might.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 03:27 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #

C’mon, Brian. Don’t wait until you’re bored. Share with us 😉
posted by aperson at 03:48 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #


Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 5:53 AM
Subject: you are such a joke, Wade


It is painfully obvious your antics now will reflect how you’re perceived next September, when you do take office. You are the laughing stock amongst Toledoans, with all your crying about taking over the Treasurers office before you’re supposed to. Do all of Lucas County a favor, change your diaper, get a fresh bottle, and shut the hell up until your office opens for you.

It amuses me to watch someone so pathetic carry on like you do. Get over yourself, you aren’t that important, Wade. But it’s typical of you freaks on City Council, because you conjure it up in your empty heads, it is to be so. Try doing things by the book, or is that really impossible with you? Or didn’t the smoking ordinance’s defeat show you anything?

Good luck Wade, you’re already batting .000


Brian Maxson
Vero Beach Florida


I’ll keep your comments in mind, should I ever decide to run for office in Vero Beach. Though it was difficult discerning the message of your e-mail due to its grammatical errors and butchered syntax, I did get the sense that you do not have a very high opinion of me. But why do you hold the voters of Lucas County in such contempt? You claim that I am a laughing stock in Toledo, and yet the voters just elected me in a landslide. How can the people consider me a laughing stock … and also give me 58% of the vote?

In addition to taking anger management and grammar classes, you should also give the voters a little more credit. Clearly, you believe that you are the smartest person in the whole wide world, but the voters are pretty smart, too.

I’ll pray that you find peace in your life.

God Bless,
Wade Kapszukiewicz


Take my note to your english teacher and correct it.

Anger Management classes? With the tirades I’ve watched you perform it is something to read that you think I have issues.

As far as Vero Beach is concerned, it’s as far away as I could get from the sludgehole Toledo was becomming in the late 80’s. I, along with thousands of other taxpayers, back then as with today, felt that City Council was a bunch of self-serving egomaniacial lunatics that cared more about their own careers than helping Toledo be a better city. It’s been 13 years and I’ve watched Toledo slide into a cesspool, and you, my God fearing hypocrite, helped push it there.

So feel free to continue crying like a little baby and correcting my emails, but remember this, while you’re whining to the media that you want that position early, Ray was there almost 30 years and not once were the books off. Gauging your antics on the City Council, I’ll be waiting for you to ruin that track record.


Brian Maxson

I don’t know if anyone caught Denny’s show, but I did. Ms Thurber inspired this email from me, and altho I did butcher Mr Reinbolt’s name, I hope I made my point anyway

Wow Wade,

Threatening people? You say I have anger management? That is hilarious. I’m glad the county commissioners used logic and common sense in putting Bob Reingold (Reinbolt, my bad) in the office, for now. But to hear that you had threatened several people that shown interest in the office is just another example of the brainless mentality you harbor.

I love watching you make a fool of yourself. I tried to warn you, but all for naught. But now that you’ve intimidated people, that is just going to enhance your standing in the community. Well dne! I know Bob is just temporary, but heads up on the fallout, it’s going to get ugly, and you chose for it to happen. It is obvious you lack forsight, and that’s going to be your downfall, and you haven’t held a day in the office!


Brian Maxson


I felt badly for you when your original e-mail contained so many grammar and syntax errors, but after you “corrected” my response by literally introducing your own spelling and grammar errors into what had been a properly written text, I geninuely began to worry about your well-being. I believe you thought you were helping, but it is clear that you simply do not know the basic rules of written communication. In other words, it is not that you had made mistakes in your original note; it is that you simply do not know what you are doing wrong.

I am not going to go through the exercise of correcting your “corrections,” since I do not want to humiliate you in front of your friends on Still I want to provide you the help you need. First, there are a number of wonderful resources on the internet these days that can help you overcome your handicap. Start with this link, and go from there. Soon you will learn that, when done properly, spelling and grammar can be fun!!!

Second, I am going to point out some of the problems from your most recent e-mail. For the sake of brevity, I will focus solely on spelling and grammar.

In the first line, the second sentence reads, “You say I have anger management?” One cannot possess an abstract concept in this way. You should have said, “You say I have anger management ISSUES?”

Second, who is Bob Reingold? Is he someone I need to talk to before I take over the Treasurer’s Office? Please advise me on this one.

In the second line, you write “…several people that shown interest…” You should have written “…several people that HAD shown interest…” It’s an easy mistake to make. I know you’ll do better next time.

In the second paragraph, the fourth sentence reads, “Well dne!” To be honest, I do not know what you’re trying to say here, so I can’t help you.

The fifth “sentence” in that paragraph is a run-on sentence. When you get to 3rd grade, you will learn about those. There are at least three different thoughts in that “sentence,” with plenty of subjects and objects to go around. At minimum, it should have been two sentences.

Finally, in the sixth sentence of the final paragraph, you write, “It is obvious you lack forsight.” You should have written, “It is obvious you lack FORESIGHT.” For this mistake, I consulted the 4th edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. While that reference book gives you the benefit-of-the-doubt on how you spell “altho” — it says your version is “reformed” and “less formal” than my “clearly preferred” spelling of “although” — it offers you no wiggle room here. Quite simply, “forsight” is not a word.

I hope this is helpful as you continue your slow march toward grammatical clarity. I know expressing your thoughts can be difficult and often frustrating, but if you work hard at it, I am fully confident you will be reading and writing at a 6th grade level by the end of next year. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

Before I conclude, I wanted to briefly address your contention that I did not win the election in a landslide. I realize that you do not understand much about politics, which is why I presume you spend time contributing to and listening to WSPD online. Still, just so you know, my margin of victory — 58% to 42% — is universally accepted in the political world as a landslide margin. To say that my margin was not a landslide would be to say that George H.W. Bush did not beat Dukakis by a landslide (53% to 46%), or that Reagan did not beat Mondale by a landslide (59% to 41%), or that Eisenhower did not beat Stevenson by a landslide (57% to 42%). Are you saying that Reagan barely squeaked by Mondale? That is absurd on its face, as is the notion that my 16% victory does not constitute a landslide.

I won’t even try to convince you that I didn’t threaten anyone regarding the Commissioner’s appointment. Of course I did not, but you won’t believe me no matter what I say, so I’ll just let you and the other conspiracy theorists continue to live in a fool’s paradise. But I hope you would concede that cold, hard numbers don’t lie. You may not like it, but I won the election by an overwhelming margin. There’s really no other way to spin it, try though you may.

As always, it’s been a pleasure corresponding with you. I can’t guarantee that I’ll respond to the inevitable tirade of poorly communicated rage that you will no doubt send me, because I need to focus on the needs of constituents who live slightly to the north of Vero Beach. I do appreciate your passion and hope you continue to be a valued member of your Florida community.

Wishing you Peace and Joy this Holiday Season,
Wade Kapszukiewicz

Hey Skip,

I find it facinating that you’re so focused on my english lit skillz, that it conjures a smile knowing you put so much effort into such tedious tasks. Try this on for size, “you still are a moron.” I honestly have no idea where you got your education, but nonetheless, you’re wrong again on several “corrections” you’ve made, many that were IN context, you’ve taken OUT of context. So that minus 6 points for you.

As far as my “friends” at, thank you for taking the time to follow up and read my posts. I hope you did take the time to look over the site and read some of the contents of the other forums and posts from other frustrated Toledoans which are listed, you may learn something from me after all, Skippy! Conspiracy Therorists aren’t posting outrageous comments, Skip, they’re Toledoans sick of the lies and personal agendas their elected officials are forcing down the taxpayers throats at the taxpayers expense, and that includes you. Why not do something productive to PROVE you’re worthy of being Lucas County Treasurer, instead of correcting my “english fubars”, try balancing the city budget yourself! I mean, you are qualified, right?

Don’t get me started on politics, Wade, you don’t know me and it is for the best that you don’t try to get on my bad side. Maybe in your little world of Wade-faieries and Wade-rainbows, you won in a landslide, but in reality, 58% didn’t vote for you, they voted against Betty. There is a difference. Shame there wasn’t a third person to prove my therory. You’d have just threatened to beat em up anyway.

OK, you got me on “foresight”, my bad, but I married a british citizen, and after spending substantial time over in England, I’ve adapted some of their spelling culture. into my own literary compositions. Oxford Literary Rules apply, Councilman.

You keep on keepin on Wade, and ALTHOUGH you may have spent a substantial time replying to my mail, a tirade isn’t what the intent was, Skip, it was pretty much some insight as to what result your “emotional meltdown over aquiring an office you were elected to for NEXT SEPTEMBER” will become, which was making you look even more pathetic. I was just looking out for the POSITION itself, not you as a person. I would think a person holding LUCAS COUNTY TREASURER on his resume should have SOME sort of respect and dignity.

As far as your comments about WSPD, all Denny is doing is selling commercials, Wade. But when an elected official states that you are threatening other candidates, with your track record, I’m going to believe what Ms Thurber has to say. Speaking of media, you didn’t look all that capable of holding your elected office you’re due to take over next September when you were on WUPW, and I’m sure you’re not being in Council Chambers on time this week has some valid reason to keep you from accomplishing your elected obligations, like maybe replying to my email. Looks like you spent a good hour on it. Well done! Threw that whole afternoon schedule off, didn’t it?

Looking forward to watching you collapse…..


Brian Maxson
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:11 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #

Dinner is probably burnt since I had to check in here, Brian. Thanks for the chuckle. I hope my family forgives you for posting these and making me read 🙂
posted by aperson at 04:46 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #


That was an eye-opener, Brian. Mr. Kapszukiewicz’s ad gramarium attacks make him look pretty foolish, and he completely ignored the substance of your arguments.

I also laughed, but was simultaneously disturbed by the exchange.

I must admit that I have not paid much attention to Wade, not out of any ideological bent, but simply because he never really accomplished much in a legislative sense; in addition, he is not among the more charismatic local politicians, so he doesn’t get many microphones seeking him out. I just viewed him as a sort of self-promoting, wonkish politico who failed to capture my interest as either a voter or a writer.

Perhaps I need to follow Mr. Kapszukiewicz’s actions more closely…
posted by historymike at 05:05 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #

Antagonist I am, successful in my endeavour. I am but a simple man with a list of questions, brutal my approach, achieved my goal.

I wasn’t going to say a thing, but well done Mike on the goal of the post and my teasers prior. Fluff, no substance is Skippy mah boy. Watch him CLOSELY, audit him often, for I sense a debacle should he be unleashed without oversight….
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:19 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #

..and just shave off the crusty stuff, they’ll never know.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:20 P.M. EST on Mon Sep 26, 2005 #

Brian, thanks for sharing the e-mails. That Wade, what a piece of work. A snotty brat, his behavior in the e-mails doesn’t surprise me.

Wade said:

“But why do you hold the voters of Lucas County in such contempt? You claim that I am a laughing stock in Toledo, and yet the voters just elected me in a landslide. How can the people consider me a laughing stock … and also give me 58% of the vote?”

I hate to lower myself to Wade’s level, but since he invoked the Grammer Police Act, I’d like to point out his obvious punctuation error, which I bolded above. Any Enlish teacher or editor would zap out with a red pen Wade’s misuse of the ellipsis ( … ). Wade didn’t need any punctuation marks before the word “and.” Maybe he was going for some kind of effect, such as hesitation, but he’s still incorrect and besides, the effect is best left for a speech or dialogue within quotes. I suggest Wade consult the punctuation section of the Associated Press’s stylebook.

Anyway, back to his statement above:

“But why do you hold the voters of Lucas County in such contempt?”

Hold on, here. Lucas County has two parts: Toledo and the rest of the county. Did the county really vote for Wade or was it only Toledo? I’d like to see the breakdown on that vote.

For example, Gerken beat Barlos in Toledo, but Barlos beat Gerken in the rest of the county. Obviously, since Toledo is so much larger than the rest of the county, Gerken got elected.

From a Toledo Journal article:

“Mr. Gerken also lost big to Mr. Barlos in the mostly white, more affluent suburban areas, winning in only six of 16 voting districts outside Toledo.”

Did something similar happen with Wade in his election last November? Wouldn’t surprise me if Wade lost outside of Toledo.

That’s why unigov is such a horrible idea for Lucas County residents outside of Toledo. Toledo officials who want county positions only have to get the Toledo vote. The rest of the county would have almost no representation in a unigov setup, which is probably what Toledo wants.
posted by jr at 08:16 A.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

Maybe it’s just me, but I have an issue with 58 percent being considered a “landslide.” I’d call it “a little more than half of the total voters.” More than 60 percent and I’d call it a “respectable margin.” More than 70 percent would be closer to a landslide in my book. But I’m just an average citizen, so I’m quite certain that my perspective is of little concern to anyone holding or running for office.

This thread has been enlightening.
posted by valbee at 09:15 A.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

That’s why unigov is such a horrible idea for Lucas County residents outside of Toledo. Toledo officials who want county positions only have to get the Toledo vote. The rest of the county would have almost no representation in a unigov setup, which is probably what Toledo wants.

From your lips to God’s ear, jr. I am waiting for county residents outside Toledo to wake up.

As for the rest of this topic which has communication between brianinflorida and Wade K. — OH MY GOD Nothing but scary.
posted by thinkingwoman at 09:16 A.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

Oh for goodness sake! What a deplorable and childish way to respond to a “constituent”!!!!!

(I fully recognize that Brian in Florida is not technically a constituent of the Lucas County Treasurer, but hey – if illegal aliens qualify as Gerken’s constituents, then why not!?)

Wade is snotty, elitist, inconsiderate and inaccurate. He is belittling, condescending and obnoxious! Did he think he was being funny?

Unbelievable! Too bad you didn’t have this exchange BEFORE the election – maybe he wouldn’t be treasurer.

As for a landslide, it’s a matter of perspective. When Taft (never mind current events) went from winning 38% of voters in 1998 to winning 59% of voters in 2002 in Lucas County, that was considered a landslide – not because of the size of the percentage, but because of the increase in the percentage.

When an individual is not expected to win and then wins by more than 5% (especially if that person is a republican in the democratic city), that can be considered a landslide.

Skippy’s percentage is not a landslide. Projections said that dems would carry the election in Lucas County because of the presidential race – estimates were around 60%. So Skippy was actually 2% UNDER what was expected – hardly a landslide!
posted by intrepid at 03:07 P.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

You’re very welcome, JR. I was inspired when I saw Wade crying like a little girl back when the office was first vacated. Nothing inspires me more than watching a Democrat expect the rules to be broken “because I am Skippy KetsupCabbage”.

I admit I was a tad generous with the commas in my first email, but after his reply, I went nuts on purpose. You can see the results! 🙂

This is the nitwit that is in charge of ALL the COUNTY’S money. I don’t recall any of Skip’s resume stating any familiarity with finances, but maybe I missed something, not sure.

Personally, because I am an educated voter, I am noticing a lot of former Toledo city councilpeople running and winning county positions. I have serious trepidations with this situation. Lucas County is about to get a dose of GHB and a night it can’t remember if they don’t act now. Because once you wake up and the changes are in place, it’s a painful experence to realize you can’t change it back.

Wanna hear something REALLY scary? Think you’ll get a vote concerning UniGov? If you don’t wake up, UniGov will “appear” without any warning and the voters will be locked out under the guise, “We are voting for the COUNTY’S best interest, not what the PUBLIC wants”.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 03:27 P.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

As for a landslide, it’s a matter of perspective. When Taft (never mind current events) went from winning 38% of voters in 1998 to winning 59% of voters in 2002 in Lucas County, that was considered a landslide – not because of the size of the percentage, but because of the increase in the percentage.

When an individual is not expected to win and then wins by more than 5% (especially if that person is a republican in the democratic city), that can be considered a landslide.

Thanks, Intrepid. I’ll buy that explanation. 🙂

You know, I think the fact that he spent so much time responding to a non-constituent is even worse than if Brian *did* live in Lucas County. Shouldn’t he have more pressing matters than correcting the grammar of someone who can’t even vote for (or against) him? Sheesh!
posted by valbee at 03:45 P.M. EST on Tue Sep 27, 2005 #

I’m with you valbee! I thought the same thing. That’s how county government seems to be running at the moment. Maybe Wade just had a lot of time on his hands waiting for September 1 and all.
posted by thinkingwoman at 07:33 A.M. EST on Wed Sep 28, 2005 #

Terry Lodge Comment on Wade Kapszukiewicz
“Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004
From: Terry Lodge
Subject: Re: Re: Lucas County Treasurer Race

I’ll vote for someone like Wade who is intelligent, who at least listens to constituencies besides corporations, who isn’t utterly sold out to corporate interests, and whom I would trust with matters involving the public’s money.”
posted by RolandHansen at 07:01 P.M. EST on Thu Sep 29, 2005 #

Roland – who is Terry Lodge that you posted his opinion on the treasurer’s race?
posted by intrepid at 10:47 A.M. EST on Fri Sep 30, 2005 #

I was wondering the same thing.
posted by Foolkiller at 04:00 P.M. EST on Fri Sep 30, 2005 #

Terry Lodge is a local attorney who is active in civil rights issues and the peace movement.

His politics are somewhere left of center; I have yet to meet him personally, but know him through half a dozen people. Generally people speak highly of his integrity, although some take issue with his politics.

He was also involved with the lawsuits against DaimlerChrysler’s tax abatement bonanzas.
posted by historymike at 09:52 P.M. EST on Fri Sep 30, 2005 #

thanks, historymike.

But, Roland, my question still remains. I don’t understand why Terry Lodge’s opinion of skippy is worthy of a post – especially when it was written during last year’s campaign. Can you please explain?
posted by intrepid at 06:52 A.M. EST on Sat Oct 01, 2005 #

intrepid wrote:But, Roland, my question still remains. I don’t understand why Terry Lodge’s opinion of skippy is worthy of a post…..Can you please explain?”
Terry Lodge is active in the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition and is indeed quite active in a number of local issues. As such, he is seen by some people as an “opinion leader” with whom they would unwaveringly support. It appears that Terry Lodge has a very high opinion of Wade Kapszukiewicz.
Given that many of the other comments in this thread seem to be of an opposing view, it was my thinking that perhaps some folks might find the opinion of Terry Lodge regarding Wade Kapszukiewicz to be interesting.
Quite frankly, I would hope that more people would become more familiar with all our elected officials and where they have come from, where they are at now, and where they aspire to be.
I have been championing that perspective for decades. For the past ten years, I have tried to do that same thing in regard to Wade Kapszukiewicz. Beginning in 1995, attempts were made to coerce me into participating in various political activities that would further enhance the political standing Wade Kapszukiewicz. I do not take kindly to coercion. While I am not opposed to persons who may seek a political career or to elected officials seeking a different elected office, I am very much opposed to people who seek one (or more) elective office just for the sake of using that office (or offices) as a stepping stone only, and in that process do not care whether they fulfill the responsibilities of the office to which they had been elected in the first place.
As historymike posted earlier:
I must admit that I have not paid much attention to Wade, not out of any ideological bent, but simply because he never really accomplished much in a legislative sense; in addition, he is not among the more charismatic local politicians, so he doesn’t get many microphones seeking him out. I just viewed him as a sort of self-promoting, wonkish politico who failed to capture my interest as either a voter or a writer.
Perhaps I need to follow Mr. Kapszukiewicz’s actions more closely…
That comment from historymike is reflective of why I started this topic thread.
posted by RolandHansen at 11:21 A.M. EST on Sat Oct 01, 2005 #

Thanks for the explanation – I guess I didn’t realize that this Terry Lodge guy was an “opinion leader.” Shows what I know…

I agree with you wholeheartedly about knowing your elected officials and in your opinion of “Skippy.”

It was nice of you, though, to include some else’s positive comment about him.
posted by intrepid at 01:43 P.M. EST on Sat Oct 01, 2005 #

Excerpts from article published Wednesday, October 5, 2005 in The Blade

The Clean Campaign Committee last night rebuked Mayor Jack Ford’s re-election campaign over recent statements made by his supporters about challenger Carty Finkbeiner.
Mr. Blaine, senior minister of First Unitarian Church, said his group couldn’t determine that Mr. Finkbeiner and his staff had a policy of lying to council, as claimed by Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz.
Mr. Blaine told The Blade that if Mr. Kapszukiewicz wanted to accuse Mr. Finkbeiner of lying, he should have laid out the evidence at the same time.
posted by RolandHansen at 07:37 A.M. EST on Wed Oct 05, 2005 #

Wade K sure has been silent lately. Does anyone wonder why?
posted by RolandHansen at 11:54 A.M. EST on Wed Oct 19, 2005 #

Guess there’s a bigger learning curve in the Treasurer’s office than he expected…even for someone with his great intellect. 🙂

or maybe he’s just afraid…
posted by intrepid at 01:23 P.M. EST on Wed Oct 19, 2005 #

Take a look at these two pages from the Lucas County Treasurer’s Office Website:

Kapszukiewicz Sworn-In as Lucas County Treasurer

Biography of Wade Kapszukiewicz Lucas County Treasurer

I may be mistaken, but I thought Wade K said he was going to remove politics from the Lucas County Treasurer’s office. These two web pages produced and maintained at taxpayers’ expense seem political to me. But, then again, I may be mistaken.
posted by RolandHansen at 09:38 A.M. EST on Thu Oct 20, 2005 #

Roland – the second article – biography – is pretty standard stuff for a bio of an elected official…just take a look at the other county elected officials bios and you’ll see they’re all pretty much the same.

However, the blatant partisanship in the first article – “sworn-in” – goes above and beyond for the COUNTY website. In my opinion, this should have been a strict news report of the actual ceremony – even though I do believe that mention of the salary savings and ethics policy would have been appropriate “news.”

My thinking is that the mention of the “popularly elected” drivel was sour grapes over the fact that he had to actually wait until his term began to take office. I also found mention of state scandals to be out of place for the county and tax-payer funded website.

Yes, skippy did promise to remove politics from the office – but he’s just following the lead of he two county commissioners in making politics the foundation for all his actions and decisions – including his press releases on the tax-payer funded site…

I don’t think you’re mistaken. I believe this type of release would have been more appropriate on his campaign website – if he had one.
posted by intrepid at 11:41 A.M. EST on Thu Oct 20, 2005 #

Wade Kapszukiewicz is keeping a low profile to further his own agenda, which we all know is to go for a higher level position in the NEAR future. He has never been satisified with what he has, he’s always thinking about his next job. Oh! wasn’t his first job at a think tank that was run by Bruce Douglas. That was his problem, it made him THINK too much! OF HIMSELF.
posted by Judy at 05:00 P.M. EST on Thu Oct 20, 2005 #

This is just miniscule compared to what Wade is about to “unleash” from the treasurers office.

He’s already dropped the ball commenting on/with Frank Szollozi getting Jack jacked by the fair campaign people. This is a CITY campaign, not a COUNTY issue, you nimrod. Go back to your job and get something done, you worthless moron.

If you honestly believed ANYTHING that came out of Wade’s mouth, I am bigoted against you. Stupidity has no excuse.

Wade lied about the politics, Wade lied about maintaining respectability for the office he leads, and he lied about putting qualified people into treasurers positions. Wade is another nepotistic idiot.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 06:29 P.M. EST on Thu Oct 20, 2005 #

My name is Keith McCrea and I am here simply because a friend of a friend told me my name was mentioned on this thread. Roland, sadly, doesn’t have his facts straight.

I am not nor have I ever been chief deputy in the Lucas County treasurer’s office. I have been legislative director for Toledo City Council since the end of 2002 and, while I am currently on a leave until the middle of next month, I plan to return to that post. I have no intention of joining the staff at the treasurer’s office.

I did, however, work closely with Wade for a decade and saw up-close an intelligent, committed, and insightful public servant who is ambitious. The pettiness and venom he seems to have inspired on this board is a mystery to me. Roland seems simply fueled by bitterness at the comparative lack of political success he has seen over the years and resents Wade’s success. That’s a shame, really, but not rare in politics.

As for BrianInFlorida, I have yet to see any accusation of illegal or inappropriate action by Wade that justifies your rage. Not surprisingly, no proof of any misdeeds is offered either. And I really enjoyed Wade’s responses to your insults and complaints. You do not pay his salary, he does not work for you, and he owes you no more respect than you give him. It also seems clear that you don’t know any of the (very qualified) people he’s hired to work in the treasurer’s office. In a democracy, everyone is entitled to their opinion but that doesn’t make everyone’s opinion equally well-informed.
posted by keith at 09:41 A.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #

Keith – with all due respect…illegal or inappropriate action is not the only thing that can cause people to be justified in “rage,” as you put it.

To some, lying is just as reprehensible as illegal activity…and if, as he says, he wants to remove politics from his office, he should not have posted such a political and mean-spirited press release about his swearing-in ceremony.

However, I’m glad to know that skippy has some friends willing to defend him.
posted by intrepid at 11:03 A.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #

What are your responsibilities as legislative director? Please give a few examples of tasks you have completed as legislative director, as well as any that are in process.
posted by AirTrainer at 11:13 A.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #


Never mind my question; I’ve found an answer published by The Blade.

You can pass on the second part as well. I have found some online resources that give me a better insight as to your perspectives:
from the Toledo City Paper
from Clamor Magazine
your Clamor profile as review editor.

In short, never mind.
posted by AirTrainer at 12:40 P.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #


Thank you for your chastizing. lol

Predicting, based on track record and being the ignorant whining little baby Wade is, as well as the intentions of the democrats posturing themselves for county positions, is an easy hobby. One dosen’t need political affiliations to know the goings on up on 22. How IS that steamplant program going, by the way?

It’s surprising to know someone of your caliber can turn a blind eye to his antics, but I guess if you’re going to climb the political ladder, the browner the nose, the closer to Wade you get. Why you would chose Wade to be your “buddy” is beyond me if you plan on going further in your political career.

But I guess “anger management” isn’t something you encourage, seeing his being in a political capacity he threatens and creates havoc, or did you forget his “tantrums”?

“Hide the paperweights!!!!”

Oh, and Keith, I emailed him as a jerk on purpose. It’s really too bad you can’t see the whole picture.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:05 P.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #

Oh Keith?

Explain to me why Wade would chose to be rid of John Irish, an obviously qualified long-term member of the treasurers staff?

Was it because Wade has absolutely NO Treasurers experence and envies John’s 30 year record? You’d think Wade would WANT to maintain the integrity of the treasurers office by keeping someone during the transition instead of purging people because of petty politics.

Or how about his threats to take that vote he lost to the Court of Common Pleas, just to waste MORE taxpayer money because he didn’t get his way.

Or how about when he broke an important campaign promise when he ran for re-election in 2003: he promised that he would finish his term on City Council and he would refrain from running for other offices.

His actions speak volumes, Keith. What was that you were saying again? Oh yeah, you were the one campaigning for Skip’s campaign on City time. So much for YOUR ethics.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:21 P.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #

I don’t understand why these kinds of forums always seem to go after one politician and pretend like other politicians don’t act the same way.

If we want to focus on the County, I visit the their website often in my business and I notice that every time there is a major holiday upcoming, Larry Kacazla “announces” that the auditor’s office will be closed. I think he often fails to mention that every other county office is closed on those days too – and he puts it right on the front page! I don’t know how anyone could argue that isn’t blatant self-promotion. Who doesn’t know the county is closed on 4th of July?

In Maggie Thurber’s bio, she takes great length to laud herself, her 20-under-40 award and being the first elected official to hire a developmentally challenged person. Those are all good things, but she is still using the COUNTY website and TAXPAYER funds to promote herself as a pillar of goodwill in the community.

Personally, I have no problem with a elected official touting their accomplishments on a public website … we know we’re electing politicians when we mark their names on the ballot.

But, let’s call a spade a spade and not pretend that Wade Kapszkiewicz is the only one out there with a website.
posted by tirednipping at 04:22 P.M. EST on Fri Oct 21, 2005 #

From the blog Toledo’s Damage Inc., An expose on who is running Toledo, Ohio into the ground., Tuesday, April 19, 2005, Trivia: Which Council member has time to tear down Republican signs?: Another friend of Wade Kapszukiewicz with ethics(??)

Will Lucas County Democrats heal the rift that divides them? a Fritz Wenzel article published Monday, January 10, 2005 in The Blade: More on on Wade Kapszukiewicz and on Keith McCrea.
posted by RolandHansen at 04:01 P.M. EST on Sat Oct 22, 2005 #

Tirednipping – I take exception to your criticism of the elected officials bios.

Earlier, when the question was first posed, I said: Roland – the second article – biography – is pretty standard stuff for a bio of an elected official…just take a look at the other county elected officials bios and you’ll see they’re all pretty much the same.

A biography is a biography…individuals can only change one by adding their future actions…and it’s certainly appropriate to include a biography on a public website so people who may not know the background of an elected official can see it.

Putting biographical information in a website is much different than the tone that skippy took in his press release on his swearing in ceremony. The one he posted on the county website would have been more appropriate on his own campaign website because of the blatant political posturing evident in the text. IMHO, the release put on the public website should have been more strictly a “news” report with some personal information (such as his friend/mentor being present) and not so much “editorializing.”

This is where I took exception to his actions being in contradiction with his words – if he wants to remove politics from his office – it starts with him removing his partisanship from his office – including his press releases.

(Side note: Also, your reasoning is not logical – just because other politicians do it doesn’t mean that it’s right or that someone who makes a promise is no longer held to the promise because another individual – who didn’t make the same promise – does it. This is standard procedure whenever your person gets criticized…point out that someone else is doing the same thing so they should get a pass because it isn’t that bad.)
posted by intrepid at 07:00 A.M. EST on Sun Oct 23, 2005 #

Intrepid, you made some very good points in this last post. My name is Keith McCrea and I am here simply because a friend of a friend told me my name was mentioned on this thread. Hey Keith, will you be sticking around to read more or follow in Skippy’s shoes and jump ship to another site?
posted by Judy at 10:36 A.M. EST on Sun Oct 23, 2005 #

Personally, I enjoy these juvenile antics exhibited by the aforementioned democrats.

“I just happened to hear my name mentioned on a web page so I thought I’d come and address it, as well as belittle a fellow democrat.”

After the “Jack’s campaign exploitation”, the “Grand Gerkin Ideas”, the “Wade e-mails”, the “Szollozi deletes” and the “Keith heard something”, it’s quite apparent there needs to be a playground on the “A” side of the room.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:34 P.M. EST on Sun Oct 23, 2005 #

tirednipping stated: I don’t understand why these kinds of forums always seem to go after one politician and pretend like other politicians don’t act the same way.

My response is simply as follows:
It is only this one specific message thread that is about a specific individual by the name of Wade Kapszukiewicz.
There are plenty, plenty of forums in Toledo Talk about a wide variety of subjects including politics and other individuals involved in politics.
So, by all means, if you want to have a message thread about another individual or politicians in general or a specific group of politicians or whatever, go ahead and start one.
posted by RolandHansen at 07:10 P.M. EST on Mon Oct 24, 2005 #

That’s very true, Roland. Surf around the site, and you’ll see lots of politicians getting slagged.

Speaking of politicians, the Toledo Troglodyte (B. McCloskey) was really trying to stare me down at an event I covered on Saturday. He walked back and forth in front of me six times (three each way).

At first I didn’t pay much attention, but it became blatant after the third pass. He had on his wiseguy black leather jacket and tried to give me his most withering look.

Unfortunately, the Weeble is only 5’6″ or so, and he doesn’t pull off playing the thug so well.

I resisted the temptation to be an a-hole and snap his picture when he was in stare mode, figuring I would be the bigger party (although, by posting about it, I jumped right back into the pissing contest).

(note: historymike recently excoriated McCloskey in a series of blog entries, so there is no love lost between us)
posted by historymike at 09:01 P.M. EST on Mon Oct 24, 2005 #

historymike said, …the Toledo Troglodyte (B. McCloskey) was really trying to stare me down at an event I covered on Saturday. He walked back and forth in front of me six times (three each way).

At first I didn’t pay much attention, but it became blatant after the third pass. He had on his wiseguy black leather jacket and tried to give me his most withering look.

I thought this was his standard behavior because he ALWAYS seems to be doing this to someone or another at every event…nothing having to do with HistoryMike specifically 🙂
posted by intrepid at 09:05 P.M. EST on Mon Oct 24, 2005 #

Wade Kapszukiewicz was mentioned in the mayoral debate moderated by Jerry Anderson on TV11 this afternoon.
Apparently, there are still questions regarding the truthfulness of the allegations made by Wade Kapszukiewicz concerning the former mayor who is now the challenger to the current mayor with whom Wade Kapszukiewicz is allied.
posted by RolandHansen at 05:15 P.M. EST on Thu Oct 27, 2005 #

Why do I see Keith massaging Wade’s back and dabbing the drool from Wade’s lips when the debate was on?

Is it me?

I say make Wade back his comments up. Otherwise shut up and do the county’s bidding, you worthless braintard.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 06:47 P.M. EST on Thu Oct 27, 2005 #

(laughing loudly)

Brian, I am not sure what a “worthless braintard” is, but this was the best laugh I have had in a couple of days.

(Sorry, Wade, but it was a very funny turn of phrase)
posted by historymike at 07:38 P.M. EST on Thu Oct 27, 2005 #

What kind of pathetic loser public official would conjure up a lie that he couldn’t back up?

What kind of simepleton would encourage his lover to come to a web page to “protesteth too much” and “stop being mean to my Skippy”.

I CLEARLY RECALL Skip saying he would maintain the integrity of the Lucas County’s Treasurer’s Office. I’m just not seeing it. Popping off with comments concerning a CITY MAYORAL RACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, SKIPPEROONI! ESPECIALLY when he’s just pulling stuff from that massuese-impacted exit hole called a sphincter.

Keep your worthless gibberish in your gnarled skull, Skip. You’re just AS bad as your “other friend”, Gerka ka.

I knew you were a stupid moron, way to go proving me right. This is so MINOR compared to what Skip is going to do to you guys. Ray Kest IS a better treasurer than you, and you’ve held that position just OVER 59 days.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:41 A.M. EST on Fri Oct 28, 2005 #

Ray Kest WAS a CPA. Wade Kapszukiewicz is NOT!
posted by Judy at 10:44 A.M. EST on Fri Oct 28, 2005 #

If the person who let Keith in on his being posted here would please have him respond to these allegations,it would be appreciated, thank you.

Keith McCrea, Legislative Director of Toledo City Council, who makes $51,000 per year, was granted a leave of absence, without a vote of council, to work as a paid employee of the TPS Levy Campaign. By the time the election is over, he will have missed roughly 8 weeks of council work.

Section 2101.19 of the Toledo city charter states: “No employee shall be granted a leave of absence for the purpose of entering employment for another employer or becoming self-employed.”

The penalty for this violation is termination from the city position.

Mayor Ford’s Ethics Policy, revised July 10, 2003, section III, states: “An employee shall not request a leave of absence for the purpose of entering employment with another employer or to be self-employed.”

It seems “birds of a feather” DO flock together….
posted by BrianInFlorida at 03:42 P.M. EST on Sat Oct 29, 2005 #

Oh yeah, one more thing that should get asked of the mayor, Skip, Frank, Bill and the rest of the city council that screwed the public over and shot this thing through council, for the 3,952nd time, how’s that steamplant refurburshing going?

Nothing in the paper, on the TV stations, nothing on radio. 15 months and all I’ve seen is pictures of a crane and some mud from 6 months ago on

Don’t make me break out quotes, but this thing got started over a year ago, August 2004 to be exact. I’m excited to hear the excuses.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 03:29 A.M. EST on Mon Oct 31, 2005 #

Oh, go ahead Brian and break out the quotes. We need to have some fun on this thread, or to just piss off a few people who come back to see what we say about Skippy, right tirednipping!
posted by Judy at 10:25 A.M. EST on Wed Nov 02, 2005 #

Gee, Keith McCrea hasn’t come back to explain why he is knowingly and intentionally violating the Toledo City Charter. (ref: Oct 29, 2005 post by BrianInFlorida)
And Wade Kapszukiewicz continues his public silence.
I wonder why. Does anyone else wonder about this cloak of silence?
posted by RolandHansen at 11:03 A.M. EST on Wed Nov 02, 2005 #

Skippy the blunder pup with no commments or opinions?


Could we possibly hope it’ll continue???

Nah! within days we’ll be back to Skippy’s favorite trick– open mouth, insert foot…

Now, THAT’s our Skippy!
posted by Hooda_Thunkit at 05:34 P.M. EST on Wed Nov 02, 2005 #

Why is it when someone wants to spout off about something they obviously know nothing about is taken to task with facts they run like the cowards they are and hide in darkened rooms?

Skip got spanked and was told to keep his mouth shut, that’s why you aren’t hearing anything from Skip, Keith got spanked for “defending” Skip, so there are a few bruised ego’s on that side of the boat.

Hey Keith, it ain’t like anybody called YOU out, you came here defending Skip-boy’s precious reputation,talking all down to me like Skip “got me”, yet when I call you out you hide like a little girl.

It’s no surprise, Keith, that you are a part of the travesty that is known as “Skip’s little circle of lil buddies”, so while you read on, know this, you suck as badly as Skip does, your ethics suck and your pathetic little “job” sucks too. Better hope Jack is your shift supervisor so you can work the fryers.

Respond when you can get the lipstick off and wiggle that stupid ass out of those panties. I’ll be waiting.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:48 P.M. EST on Fri Nov 04, 2005 #

It’s a game of who can do the most screwing of the citizens before they have to tuck it in and go home!
posted by DoknowDocare at 05:34 P.M. EST on Fri Nov 04, 2005 #

tirednipping stated on Oct 21: let’s call a spade a spade and not pretend that Wade Kapszkiewicz is the only one out there with a website.
Maybe, Wade should have a website all to himself. Or, maybe he could join up with Frank Szollosi. Hey there’s a thought: The Wade and Frank Show. Or, should that be The Frank and Wade Show? How about the Frank Szollosi and Wade Kapszkiewicz Show? Or the Wade Kapszkiewicz and Frank Szollosi Show?
Birds of a feather flock together. Two peas in a pod. Yuppie Time.
Bring in Keith McCrea to that formula and then you’d have Wade, Frank, and Keith.
“Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!” …. Is that Larry, Moe, and Curly I hear?
Oh! There they are. See’ em? Over here.
What? What’s that you say? Oh, heck no. I would never infer that. Why would I even attempt to connect Wade Kapszkiewicz, Frank Szollosi, and Keith McCrea to Larry, Moe, and Curly? It’s just the “nyuk, nyuk, nyuk” I kept hearing that kind of side-tracked me. I have a lot of respect for Larry, Moe, and Curly.
posted by RolandHansen at 07:27 A.M. EST on Sat Nov 05, 2005 #

I think we could call it the Skippy, Dippy and Wimppy Show.
posted by Judy at 07:38 A.M. EST on Sat Nov 05, 2005 #

Hey Skippy

How does it feel being the idiot AND being one reason behind Jack’s failure to be re-elected?

May this be a lesson to you. Shut up and worry about what you were elected to do and keep your nose out of Toledo politics. You don’t belong here.

Frank, I hope you’re happy now!
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:06 A.M. EST on Wed Nov 09, 2005 #

Oh, and Skip? What Carlton did to Jack is a LANDSLIDE.

Please make a note of this.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 05:47 A.M. EST on Wed Nov 09, 2005 #

Gee, now that Election 2005 is finally over, do you think that Wade Kapszukiewicz might be considering his next political move?
posted by RolandHansen at 10:31 A.M. EST on Wed Nov 09, 2005 #

I think with as much crying last year about being snubbed, Skip will hold this position for a bit longer.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 04:36 P.M. EST on Wed Nov 09, 2005 #

Brian – you are 100% correct. What Carty did to Jack = LANDSLIDE.

Perhaps with that visual in mind Skippy will re-think his terminology.
posted by DoknowDocare at 07:40 P.M. EST on Wed Nov 09, 2005 #

OK – let’s look into our crystal balls.

What position do you think Wade Kapszukiewicz most has his eye on (besides the one to which he was elected)?
posted by historymike at 06:52 P.M. EST on Thu Nov 10, 2005 #

“What position do you think Wade Kapszukiewicz most has his eye on…”

Any position that moves him up the ladder the fastest.

Further, I predict that Skippy the wonder pup will challenge Carty in 2009.

They have basically similar temperaments…
posted by Hooda_Thunkit at 08:51 P.M. EST on Thu Nov 10, 2005 #

Nah-treasurer is easier to win re-election for, plus it’s a more ‘prestigious’ position-I can’t see the Wonder Boy ever running for mayor. He’d put his foot in his mouth or be a crybaby about something while campaigning. As treasurer, all he needs to do is keep his mouth shut )
posted by Foolkiller at 08:00 A.M. EST on Fri Nov 11, 2005 #

Well, my entire post didn’t come out again. Here’s the rest: As treasurer, all he needs to do is keep his mouth shut , stay behind the scenes, and he’s re-elected every time. After all, it is Lucas County. 😉
posted by Foolkiller at 08:01 A.M. EST on Fri Nov 11, 2005 #

You do have a valid point there…
posted by Hooda_Thunkit at 12:48 P.M. EST on Fri Nov 11, 2005 #

HA HA!!!

Skip + shut mouth = fantasy.

It’s apparent someone’s been sleeping in political class again.

Skip ain’t quite as smart as the whatever team he is on is portraying him. Skip is one of those kids in high school that ran the A/V lab in the library and was punked on by his peers, conditioned to fear reality, and surrounds himself with people obviously more stupid than he to stoke his ego. Pete Gerkin suffers from the same maladay. The difference is Pete is a blantant moron and Skip is just a moron.

Skip has to realize this is the highest he will go. It’s clear he isn’t qualified for Treasurer, but with the stupid people egging Skip on, it’s just a matter of time before Skip stumbles and busts his head open thinking he’s going to “be someone big”.

The hilarious part is I know where he is going and he hasn’t a clue.
posted by BrianInFlorida at 03:11 P.M. EST on Fri Nov 11, 2005 #

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I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Toledoan Wade Kapszukiewicz was the Topic of a September 14, 2005 Toledo Talk Message Thread.

  1. On March 28, 2017 at 4:13 p.m. EDT, an anonymous person using the pseudonym (a nom de guerre, if you will) of Farmergal posted this message directed at me on the website of SwampBubbles:
    “Careful there…
    Posting this friendly caution, because an acquaintance recently alerted me to your current attacks on Wade K. Looks like you claim to know stuff about backroom political deals. Which would be a veiled threat IMHO. So how are YOU different?
    … liberal goofball here got a little too cute for his own arrogant good.”


  2. Pingback: Wade “Skippy” Kapszukiewicz Is Asking For Money. | Roland's Ramblings

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