— “The Revolving Door of the Mayor’s Office,” by Estelle Zannes, April 1972
Between lunches, dinners, polka parties, ground-breakings and all those high-level conferences the mayor attends, he has been selecting velvet draperies, discussing the merits of parquet floors, looking for Oriental rugs, searching for hard-to-get wallpaper, and devoting the full power and influence of his office to find a proper commode for the executive washroom.
— “The Politics of Restoration: Making Ralph J. Perk both Elegant and Safe,” by Edward P. Whelan, May 1973
“The Nobody Will Kick Sand In This Man’s Face Award”
City government may be going to hell, but Ralph J. Perk has not lost any of his poise. He’s looking better than ever — his white boots gleaming, his once singed hair now coiffured and his ego swelling with the helium of senatorial dreams — as he tries to leave Cleveland and its problems behind.
— “Ralph Perk’s Flight to Washington,” by Edward P. Whelan, May 1974
At the very hour that Ralph Perk might be poor-mouthing at a news conference, his bureaucrats are conjuring up new methods with which to spend the windfalls of special federal money earmarked to uplift local government. Perk gets off the hook because Cleveland is racially polarized and his constituency is so terrified of change that they prefer to allow him his excesses. Thus, no matter how stifling and unimaginative the Perk administration and no matter how many promises go unfulfilled, we can expect two more years at least of the status quo.