Written By: Ishton W. Morton – March 9th, 2019
The judge in the case against five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other said they “should resign” and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.
However, in reality the juvenile antics of P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard, Chris Seelbach and Wendell Young has indeed cost the taxpayer of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio approximately $177,000.00.
On Thursday, March 7, 2019 Cincinnati’s self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” turned over text messages exchanged between them as part of the agreed order issued today in our litigation to expose the secret communications between the majority of the Cincinnati City Council.
Read the text messages below or online here.
Amazingly, Gwen McFarlin a Black Woman has come to the defense of the Five Democratic members of Cincinnati Council – P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard, Chris Seelbach and Wendell Young – have admitted in the court case that they secretly held meetings via text messages and email.
McFarlin said in her statement; Ruehlman is “a rubber stamp for Republican extremists like Christopher Smitherman, (lawyer) Chris Finney and COAST – his Republican friends who actually stood to benefit both politically and financially from his statements and actions.”
Although these clowns have admitted to knowingly broken the law, Gwen McFarlin chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party have the effrontery and impudence to called Judge Robert Ruehlman a “rubber stamp for Republican extremists” subsequent to calling on City Councilmembers P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard, Chris Seelbach and Wendell Young to resign.
Seemingly, McFarlin should not have had a dog in this fight. They were extremely wrong. It would have most appropriate if she was supportive of Smitherman whose wife was no her death bed. A Black woman was dying of Brest Cancer.
It can be agreed that City Councilmembers P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard, Chris Seelbach and Wendell Young performance and behavior has enormously exceeded the juvenile antics of some kinder-gardeners. What was McFarlin expected Judge Ruehlman to do? These are full grown adults and not her kids being caught stealing cookies from the cookie-jar. In a cynical sort-of-a-way, if they were her children, then she could have tapped them on their hands and say poor manners! Do not do that again, and be done with it.
Subsequently, with the five council members in the courtroom, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman gave a blistering lecture to the council members who have become known as the “Gang of Five”. None of the five members of council spoke at the hearing.
Ruehlman said “You have lost the trust of your fellow council members and you have lost the trust of the people of this city”.
Ruehlman said “You essentially lied to the people of this city,” to the council members. People thought there had been a council meeting, but that was a charade. The real meeting was held with you exchanging text messages.”
However, she continued to say; “They had been sued by Mark Miller, treasurer of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)”.
In Chairwoman Gwen McFarlin issued statement she continued to say Ruehlman was making a mockery of the court.
Although, there is nothing Ruehlman legally can do to force the five members to resign, but he said he believes they should.
Ruehlman said; “I really believe these five council members should resign and pay it back. No voter in this city should ever vote for one of these council members again.”
He added, “if the council members were to resign and reimburse the city for the money it spent on the settlement of the case, “maybe there is redemption for them sometime down the road.”
He called on P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard and Chris Seelbach to resign and pay back the city for the settlement and other expenses incurred by the lawsuit.
Ruehlman approved a settlement in court and chastised five Cincinnati City Council members who broke the law by secretly conducting public business via text messages.
Also, Ruehlman said; “You essentially lied to the people of this city. The trust is gone. It’s going to take a long time to get that trust back.”
Apparently, McFarlin seems to be picking a fight with Smitherman. P.G. Sittenfeld is a contender for Mayor of Cincinnati. Meanwhile, the 2021 race for Cincinnati mayor begins as Vice Mayor Smitherman files.
P.G. Sittenfeld is a Democrat while Smitherman is an independent, and he is extremely trustworthy. Thusly, McFarlin is attacking Smitherman on every level she wrote. “I remember when the name Ruehlman stood for good government in Cincinnati. The exploitation of this issue by far-right members of the Republican Party – from Councilman Christopher Smitherman to prominent members of COAST – is divisive politics at its worst.”
McFarlin said; “there’s no denying” that five councilmember’s, all Democrats, made a mistake in violating the law, but asked that people begin to refocus their time and energy on actual city business.
Again, McFarlin is extremely wrong. an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong: Error, fault, inaccuracy, omission, slip, blunder, miscalculation, misunderstanding flaw, oversight, misinterpretation, fallacy, gaffe, fauxpas, solecism, misapprehension, misconception, misreading; and More. These are examples of mistakes. It was Councilman Greg Landsman pointed out to then they may be in violation of the Sunshine Law. So tell us how they made a mistake.
Also, she followed after a continuum calling “COAST “a local hate group that tweets about ‘hunting’ black women.” She continue to say they are the people behind the lawsuit. Yet, she had nothing to say about P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard and Chris Seelbach who took great pride in their devilish attacks on Smitherman’s wife who Black woman no her death bed dying of Brest Cancer. They are extremely evil people.
Knowing these things, Wendell Young would continue to visit Smitherman’s wife at her home to pray and read the Bible with her. What kind of a person is he? The same Bible teaches as found in King James Version of the Bible, James 1:8: A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. The question can be asked! When he was a police officer; how many wrongful arrest did he made? Should this be a question. The man is crazy!!!
For all practical purposes, Gwen McFarlin a Black Woman has made herself a major component of this sinister. A deliberate cruel, evil path in a way that is considered worthy of the devil. They are all very despicable people.
Seemingly McFarlin has no shame. She continued to criticize the Finney Law Firm and Councilman Christopher Smitherman, accusing him of exploiting the issue for the benefit of the next election. Again, why does she have a dog in this fight?
Nevertheless, McFarlin added; “Together, it is clear that this matter stopped being about the Ohio Open Meetings law and became a politically motivated attack on dedicated public servants. We look forward to putting this issue behind us. That way, we can all get back to work.”
Pursuant to McFarlin’s attack on the Republican, Alex Triantafilou, responded and say; Democrats should be “ashamed” for attacking Ruehlman. Triantafilou continued to say, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman an “outstanding jurist.”
He added; “This City Hall, under Democratic leadership, is a shambles,” he wrote on Facebook. “Judge Ruehlman was correct to speak out for the victims – the unwitting citizenry living with this bad government.”
Local Republican party leaders praised the Ruehlman’s decision tweeting “Thank you Judge Ruehlman!” Also, spectators in the courtroom were in agreement with Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman.
Reportedly, in the settlement agreement Ruehlman signed Thursday morning, Young went further than the rest – he admitted to deleting all the texts that had been sought in the court case. A Hamilton County grand jury is looking into that aspect of the case. Ruehlman said he will investigate whether or not that actually happened and hold a hearing on April 1st, 2019 on Young’s case. Not to be cynical, this is not an April Fools Day Joke!!
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters released a statement saying, “We cannot tell when Young’s text messages were deleted. Some text messages were in fact deleted.” Young could conceivably be charged with contempt of court.