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David Esrati and his tremendous ego

This morning a reader said [1] this:

Roger [2] 03.08.09 at 8:34 am [3] As always, it’s really all about David Esrati.

It was in response to my call for city employees to return phone calls [4].

And to this, I’d like to ask- where are the sites where you can have a conversation about your city that are moderated by:

Matt Joseph, Dean Lovelace, Rhine McLin, Nan Whaley or Joey Williams?

Or, City Manager Rashad Young, or even that guy in planning who doesn’t return phone calls?

What are their positions on issues? Where are you going to find them? By reading the Dayton Daily News?

What is on their minds before they vote? After they vote? How do you stay in touch with them? Via the franked mail you get just before election time in the form of a “Newsletter.” How often do they share their vision for the city? Just before election time? Can you search back and find their positions to play “gotcha” with?

Yes, this is all about me. 21,000 unique visitors per month come and read it here- and who knows how many others read it republished on www.daytonos.com (so they don’t get in trouble at their government jobs).

Should I just shut up and go away? Is my ego really why I do this? Would it be egomaniacal for the other candidates in the commission race to be doing the same thing?

Please share your thoughts here- or on your own sites- and trackback (just in case, you don’t want to contribute to my ego any more than necessary). Or just stop reading this site altogether- because, readers obviously feed my monster ego.

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Drexel Dave Sparks

Excellent response David. That is what you call a TFSD – Total F&&*IN Slam Dunk.

David Lauri

Nan Whaley’s is at http://www.nanwhaley.com and http://nanwhaley.wordpress.com/. Nan’s blog does have a recent entry, March 6th, but hadn’t been updated before that since July 18.

I think it’s great that you have a blog that you keep up-to-date and whose comments you read and reply to. From the perspective of a voter, I think every candidate, at least for local office, should do the same (I can’t really expect Barack Obama to read and respond to comments on the White House blog).

I can see why a campaign manager or candidate, from their perspectives, might not think such openness to be advisable. There’s the issue of staying on message and managing the message, etc., etc.

Greg Hunter

Is my ego really why I do this? In a word, yes. It is the reason I do it, blog, post and toast people. I know not how you came to your beliefs or why you do it this way. I do it because I watched people in power in companies and in politics say things that I believed in, only to find out they were totally wrong. Thirty years and then that was it, I will take my council first, based on the data and then listen to the opposing side, put their shoes on and see how they feel. Usually their vested interests are revealed and the public is short changed. For instance, Amy Schrimpf made me promise I would retract my Austin Road beliefs if it “all worked out”. I do not think she understood my contention, that Austin Road had to benefit Dayton as a whole and not cannibalize one area for the sake of another. But hey, Amy was brought to power the old fashion way, GROUPTHINK. From the Dayton Chamber, to Administrative Assistant to Steve Stanley’s TID, to Kettering Commissioner, by selection. The data indicates cannibalism, and in my future scenario, cannibalism it will be :) So I decided that my own council, on most occasions is correct and I may be falsely assuming that you do as well. I have interacted with you with you on several occasions and the only two areas I would like to see you address would be: 1. Have you ever been wrong about an idea or person and publicly admitted it? 2. Do you really understand that Business As Usual cannot be maintained and that somethings are going to pass away for ever? Do not get me wrong I love that you present the ideas and while it would have benefited all of us (Miami Valley) but it you seem to be as stubborn as the next politician IMHO. I mean I loved that you thought Dayton was beautiful from the Racquet Club, but it gave me the willies. Do you know why? Because, I envision the… Read more »

Greg Hunter

principles of greater good

Hmm I would bet Gene, Rhine McClin, Mr. Gower, Phil Parker, Steve Stanley and y9urs truly all have this perception of themselves, whether it be rational or not. But hey in my book you have the greatest good at heart, because anybody who is your business, publishes the ideas, takes the heat and still has a business gets my vote. On balls alone Esrati and I will make my sore, trying to peddle you to victory!

Thanks for the reasoned response and I get it!

In the 'burg

I’ve got news for you.
It’s not all about you.

It’s also about the people who care about you, promote you, support you, advocate for you and defend you—the same people who believe in your message and don’t doubt your motives but may have a few problems with your methods.

When you demonstrate over and over that tact and diplomacy are not your strong suits (or when you deliberately choose not to use them) you make our jobs that much harder.
Inviting this kind of criticism is a slap in the face to everyone who gives their time, money, and talent on your behalf.

You’re capable of doing better than this. You ARE better than this. And you owe it to us to rise above some of your petty, attention-getting tactics and BE better than this.

In the 'burg

You know EXACTLY what I’m responding to.

And I have a lot more to say, too. So tomorrow, please bring the duct tape from your Esrati for Congress commercial. I want to make sure you don’t interrupt me.

Oh, and you’re buying.


I think some of us (including me) would like to see you get elected Dave. I think the combination of you and Gary could do this city a lot of good. Unfortunately your message is lost when you make it more about you and being provocative then about the city.

If I were to call John Gower today and leave him an honest & fair question I’m sure I’d get a call back with an answer… he doesn’t call you back because you’re a snake in the grass. There’s not really a particular problem there, other than the one you’ve created.

In that way your provocative nature and the attention you create is ruining the debate. You’re talking about issues that you’ve created… not the greater issues. Your post today on the civil service exam is great but did you notice how you started the post with “When I ran for Mayor…”? I start reading the article and I roll my eyes, here we go again… all about Esrati.

Being a leader takes requires vision and you no doubt have that, but what I see is someone who has made a career out of going it alone and isolating himself. I’m not sure that’s the best tactic for getting elected, if it was you would have succeeded by now.


I don’t really care for your 911 analogy.. but okay, I’ll play.

What do you do with someone who calls 911 over and over again just because he likes the attention of the sirens pulling up out front? Since they can’t arrest you Dave, they ignore you. If you only called 911 when you needed help, you’d get a response… until then they (and the rest of the voters) will ignore you. You may not like it, but you’re doing it to yourself.

BTW.. do you have stats to back up this 21,000 unique visitors claim?

Teresa Lea

Ya David – why don’t you calm down, put on a public face, and act like everyone else. Look how well it’s working for Dayton now!

In the 'burg

@T: Last time around I advised him to be himself, be original, and not change a thing for anyone. Same as you. And guess what? He lost. Time for Plan B.

No one is suggesting that David act like everyone else. He couldn’t even if he tried.
But what he can do is stop antagonizing and alienating people who might otherwise be inclined to vote for him and cooperate with him once he’s in office.

John Ise

I don’t personally know David. Maybe he does have a prickly personality and a big ego (Hell, show me an aspiring politician who doesn’t) . But he is an original thinker, maybe dreamer, who has more intellectual zip than most. That’s why I troll here.


@In the ‘burg Thank you for saying what I was trying to express, but you do it in a less snarky way than me… :-)

Teresa Lea

@in the burg – Actually, David has changed a lot since his last run, I hear from people on a regular basis how much they think he has softened as of late. If you are referring to his congress run last year, then I think you know the two are apples/oranges.

I am fully aware of his candidacy history, as I told David earlier this week, it is always interesting when people I know figure out who exactly he is. When people see David without the “spin” it is much easier for them to understand who he is and what he is about.

My opinion has always tilted toward the renegade/wild child side. I saw a tweet from Sally Hogshead yesterday that pretty much summed it up, ” It’s better to fail by going down in flames than by settling for mediocrity. ”

I also don’t see David alienate anyone, he does more favors for people than anyone I know – it is almost obscene. Antagonize, I’ll give you that one, except that the people he antagonizes:
a) probably needed a good poke
b) I doubt he wants favors from later on

I know my opinion of David is probably jaded – but that’s because I am privy to the true intentions and motivations for his actions. When it comes to business and politics, 99% of the time David’s motivations are NOT self serving.


David, I wonder sometimes if you are the reincarnation of Edward John Smith.

Greg Hunter

Obama inherited the Titanic, but instead of abandoning ship hired Timothy Geithner. Stooge and we all go down together.

Sacrificial lambs are supposed to die.

Messianic Complex David? I know the feeling, but for some reason it has an air of legitimacy for you. :)