Gang of Five in Cincy: “Citizens expect that when there’s a city council meeting, that’s when matters should be addressed and actions taken.”

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It’s a “secret” texting and e-mailing scandal in Cincinnati, and since Democrats were the offenders, NA Confidential thrust out to local party chairman Adam “Tricky” Dickey for a comment. 

Well, there you have it: DemoDisneyDixiecrats supporting local independent business instead of far-off corporate calling plans. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling — or maybe that’s the Mezcal.

Judge: ’Gang of Five’ city council members should resign, by Jennifer Edwards Baker (Cincinnati FOX19)

A Hamilton County judge tore into Cincinnati City Council’s “Gang of Five” Thursday, saying they violated the public trust and should quit.

“You essentially lied to the people of this city,” Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman told them. “The people of the city thought that when you had a city council meeting that, in fact, was the city council meeting. But, in reality, it was a charade. It was smoke and mirrors. It wasn’t the real meeting. The real business was being handled through these emails and texts.

“So, the judge continued, “you really lied to the citizens and the importance of that point is you’ve lost the trust, not only of your other fellow council members, who you really need to apologize to in addition to the citizens of this city you need to apologize to, you lost their trust.”

“But you’ve also lost the trust of the citizens of the city and it takes a long time to get trust back. when you commit an act like this, when you’re essentially lying and being dishonest and conducting business on the side in clear violation of the Sunshine Law, the trust is gone. It is going to take along time to get that trust back. But more important, it’s the institution, it’s the institution of city council. It’s going to take a long time, it hurt that institution. It’s going to take a long time to get that trust back.”

All “Gang of Five” council members were in the courtroom during the brief hearing: P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard and Greg Landsman.

They did not speak and sat in the courtroom audience. Attorneys for the city and the anti-tax activist who sued for their secret text messages sat at tables before the judge …

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