Former mayor Coleman calls for ‘radical middle’ to step up

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If you’re tired of the current state of political rhetoric, the finger-pointing and the lack of integrity in politics, you’re not alone.

Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, a longtime politician himself, says it’s time to go to the middle and that it’s time for the “radical middle” to speak out.

“I think there is this ‘new normal’ in America,” Coleman said. “The new normal are lies, unethical behavior, degradation … and that normal, I think most people are fed up and tired of seeing it.”

Coleman is calling for a return to the value system the United States was founded on: truth, honesty, ethics and integrity.

“Those are great values that we need to apply to politics today,” he said.

He said neither the far right nor the far left represent those values today, but a group of people who fall in the middle of the spectrum — what he calls the radical middle — still believe that those values trump politics.

“Radical is about the truth, being passionate about ethical behavior, being passionate about the fundamental democratic values that our nation is founded upon,” Coleman explained. “You must have integrity. You must have ethics. You must have truth. I think the public, the voting public, is ready for that.”

When asked what he thinks would happen if voters in the middle don’t have ethical candidates to choose from, Coleman said that the next great leaders of the country will come from the radical middle.

“When I think about after Nixon, Jimmy Carter came in. He was a Christian man who had great values,” he said. “People will challenge you every day whether he was a good president or bad president. He was a good person. That matters.”

Coleman also called on all Ohioans to stand up and say enough is enough.

“We need to see more rational thinking. We need to be able to work together,” he said. “We may disagree on 25 different issues, but there’s going to be a couple issues that we can work on and figure out and work together and improve our country in the process.

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