Can the Republicans win with former City Council Member Charlie Winburn, especially considering that the Democrats don't have the discipline to get behind one candidate?
Why isn't there a move to get behind the best candidate in this race, like the Democrats just did in the 2nd Congressional District race when they endorsed Paul Hackett over Charles Sanders? Or like they did in last year's race for the Hamilton County Commission when they endorsed the young, dumb no-name guy over Kabaka Oba? I'll tell you why. Because the best-qualified candidate in the Mayoral race is Mark Mallory, who is an African American. One of his opponents is David Pepper who is white.
The Dems have shown that they will conspire to support white candidates for office, even if that means getting involved in a primary, but they won't do the same for African Americans. Tim Burke may not be a racist (then again maybe he is) but his refusal to tell white candidates, like Pepper, that they should get out of the race and let a more experienced, better qualified candidate, who has done more for the Party, and has a better chance of winning the election, like Mallory, says an awful lot about him and the Party. Even if Burke isn't a racist, the Party has become the party of racists like David and Greg Altman, Greg Harris, John Cranley, Jeff Berding, Wes Flinn, and Eric Streckfuss.
The Dems need one set of rules. Either we endorse candidates in contested primary elections or we don't. But we should never just be willing to stack the deck when the candidate we don't like happens to be a Black man.