- It legitimized COAST's extreme anti-rail effort.
- If signals to COAST voters that Lippert is in full support of the anti-rail issue without having to say it. He may not be in support of the issue, but wants COAST voters to think he is. Tea Party money may be politically toxic to anyone who cares about the City, but it is still green.
- It gives more free press to COAST and Co.
- This solidifies Lippert as desperate to get every far right wing vote he can. He's lost any hope of getting moderate voters that are not just closet Republicans.
- This confirms to me that Lippert is looking not to help the city, but is laying the groundwork to run for higher office and will do so by pushing the agenda he thinks will get him elected at that later time, not what will improve the city. He wants to appease conservative base voters and they are in the suburbs and not in the city.
What makes this on the surface laughable, is that if you use Lippert's logic, the City, County, and State should not take any action, spend any money, have any discussion of anything that will be affected by a ballot initiative. That therefore means that since we have a statewide ballot issue (anti-healthcare law effort) that will decide if Ohio will knowingly violate constitutional law (supremacy clause) , we should avoid following the U.S. Constitution or any federal laws until the voters speak. Oh, Lippert didn't mention that one in his press release? Hmmm, I wonder why.