Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 10th, 2020
Alex Triantafilou twitted in a statement on the arrest of Jeff Pastor: “It is with great sadness that I read media reports of Councilman Pastor’s arrest this morning on what is being reported as a bribery scandal. However, the @HamCoGOP has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior”
Also, Alex Triantafilou Hamilton County GOP Chairman has followed after a continuum calling on Pastor to resign and make his family and defense “a top priority.”
Read the full statement: “It is with great sadness that I read media reports of Councilman Pastor’s arrest this morning on what is being reported as a bribery scandal. The @HamCoGOP has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. While Mr. Pastor should be afforded the presumption of innocence and due process, he is not entitled to continue working for the citizens of Cincinnati as he sorts through whatever charges may be coming. Jeff should resign his position on City Council and make his family and his defense a top priority.”
These types of behavior seems to give much credence to the song written by John Deacon the bassist for the British rock band Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust”
On Tuesday morning, November 10th, 2020 Sources has confirmed Jeff Pastor was arrested at approximately 7:00 A.M.. Reportedly officials has not released any details surrounding the arrest.
Subsequently, in 2020 Pastor is the second Cincinnati Council Member to be arrested on a federal charge. Both of whom are African American. This is extremely discomforting. What is it with these people!!
Accordingly, former council member Tamaya Dennard was arrested earlier this year on bribery, wire fraud and attempted extortion charges.
Reportedly, sentencing for Dennard is scheduled for November 24th, 2020 following her agreement to plead guilty to a single charge of wire fraud in June. In a cynical sore of a way, it appears this could be her point of 2020 Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Predicated on court documents, the charge stemmed from Dennard’s attempts to get between $10,000 and $15,000 in exchange for votes on a matter before City Council.
Both Dennard and Pastor were elected to Cincinnati City Council back in November 2017.
Dennard resigned on March 2, 2020. She faces up to 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge. Also, according to court records she will be required to pay restitution and fines. There is a complete lack of understand as to why any-one will jeopardize their family, a path or progress through life or history, profession or occupation for just a few dollars.
Meanwhile, Hamilton County and Cincinnati leaders shared their reactions on Twitter following the news of Pastor’s arrest. Our African American politician needs to come to the realization that the political process is comprised of a two-tier system which is not designed not necessarily for them to be equal participants.
In the interim, fellow council member Betsy Sundermann took to Twitter, saying she is shocked and saddened by the news. She said while she believes he is owed presumption of innocence and due process, she believes he should step aside from his role on council and resign.
Also, Betsy Sundermann had this to say; “In his current situation, he will be unable to fulfill his duties as a member of council. His continued presence will only create potential roadblocks and liabilities for the city of Cincinnati as we work to find solutions to the problems facing our community. It’s critical that we have a full, functioning council. The last two years have exposed an ongoing culture of corruption in city hall. It’s one of the reasons I came to council to restore integrity and trust. I’ll continue this fight every day, because Cincy deserves better.”
Sundermann added, “I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news about Councilmember Jeff Pastor’s arrest this morning. While he is owed the presumption of innocence and due process, I firmly believe he needs to step aside from his role on council and resign immediately. While Mr. Pastor should be afforded the presumption of innocence and due process, he is not entitled to continue working for the citizens of Cincinnati as he sorts through whatever charges may be coming.”
Another Council member Chris Seelbach said he was shocked and saddened to hear the news. He added; “We’ve worked together successfully despite being members of different political parties. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the FBI would not take such a step unless they had strong evidence of wrongdoing and a clear case to move forward on. Craig and I are thinking of his family, especially his pregnant wife Tara, while they endure the days to come. For the record, I have never been offered or accepted a bribe in my life. Sad day for our City.”