Ohio Civil Servants: The New Ford Focus Sucks
Cleveland.com says Ohio state officials are downsizing their fleet. Of the state’s 350 new cars, some 50 percent will be the “more fuel-efficient— and less stylish” (ouch!) Ford Focus. Some government workers are bitching about the decision, claiming the Focus offers “less headroom and legroom.” Department of Administrative Services (DAS) spokesperson Ron Sylvester told them to go on a diet. "People concerned about getting their girth from a midsize car into a Ford Focus – we may be helping them think about reducing their girth a little bit." The big fish are not affected. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher and Attorney General Marc Dann are all “driven to work” in Suburbans. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner drives a Chrysler 300C. And Auditor Mary Taylor has a 2007 Jeep Cherokee. Ohio taxpayers should be pleased with their State Treasurer. Rich Cordray turned down a state car in favor of his very own beige 2006 Pontiac Montana minivan.
Glenn is a baby-boomer, born in 1954. Along with his wife, he makes his home in Connecticut. Employed in the public sector as an Information Tedchnology Specialist, Glenn has long been a car fan. Past rides have included heavy iron such as a 1967 GTO, to a V8 T-Bird. In between those high-horsepower cars, he's owned a pair of BMW 320i's. Now, with a daily commute of 40 miles, his concession to MPG dictates the ownership of a 2006 Honda Civic coupe which, while fun to drive, is a modest car for a pistonhead. As an avid reader, Glenn enjoys TTAC, along with many other auto-realated sites, and the occasional good book. As an avid electronic junkie, Glenn holds an Advanced Class amateur ("ham") radio license, and is into many things electronic. From a satellite radio and portable GPS unit in the cars, to a modest home theater system and radio-intercom in his home, if it's run by the movement of electrons, he's interested. :-)
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