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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Leis a "side show"


After Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. showed up at today's commission meeting and threatened to go to court to force commissioners to fund a jail, Commissioner Todd Portune called the incident "a side show."

Portune and fellow Commissioners Phil Heimlich and Pat DeWine were bothered at Leis' request. He wanted commissioners to approve spending public money to hire a private law firm so Leis could sue commissioners to force them to pay for a new jail -- after voters rejected such a plan last month.

After commissioners unanimously rejected Leis' request at today's meeting, Leis said he was going to court to get a judge to force commissioners to pay for a new jail.

After the meeting, Leis didn't want to answer questions from The Enquirer because he was mad the Enquirer quoted him two weeks ago -- accurately -- cursing about his suggestion that commissioners unilaterally impose a sales tax to pay for a new jail.

In that interview, which Leis knew was being tape-recorded, he said "Just build the son of a bitch" referring to the jail.

He also was upset commissioners are looking at taking some of the millions his office seizes from drug sellers to help pay for a jail. Leis was quoted -- accurately -- as saying that amount of money was "a pimple on the ass" of the total cost of a $230 million jail.

After the meeting, Leis criticized commissioners for spending $7 million to send up to 300 prisoners per day to Butler County to ease jail overcrowding at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Leis said commissioners didn't have the money to pay for the $7 million cost of that program because it was supposed to be paid for by the plan to increase the sales tax -- an issues voters soundly rejected.

The question Leis refused to answer from The Enquirer, after he said that, was "If commissioners can't afford that $7 million, how do you expect them to pay for a jail?"

Later, he told other reporters the responsibility of paying for a jail is the commissioners' problem, not his.


9 Comments:

at 2:38 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me's thinks the wRong wingnut whacko should arrest his rhetoric.

Talk about a weak grand-stand !

Why didn't he sue four years ago when hindlick was elected, not when he is booted out !

PATHETIC PARTISANSHIP !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2007 !

 
at 4:31 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always liked Leis, I've cut him a great deal of slack in assessing his positions and opinions - but, this is off the wall.

He has made himself into a side show acting like a spoiled , rich teenager making demands of his parents.

I really think he is just trying to get a jail of a monument built on taxpayer's dime to reflect his ever growing ego.

There are answers to these problems but noone wants to give up control of the funds to get it done

 
at 4:32 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he wanted cell space he should have embraced the tent city proposed by city council -- he doesn't want criminals off the street - he is sereving his own interests

 
at 4:35 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what Leis, Heimlcih and the Republican Party just doesn't get -
When the voters have spoken in a vote onthe issue - it must be adhered to - that's why we have a constitution of law- not men.

Act like you live in a democracy and work within the system, n ot against it
(And this goes to all the Rewpublicans who just nixed our votes regarding minimum wage, too)

 
at 4:43 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leis is an example of a politician who's been in office too long without enough questioning of his activities. He believes he can say or do anything without having to answer to those who pay his (substantial) salary.

 
at 9:02 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support the Leis, It is too bad that issue 12 was not marketed better to the voters. Most people didnt understand what they were voting on. I am surprised by the Dem reactions to this. When Bush won they Dems screamed about some hanging chads. They would certainly not complain about hanging chads in the last election. The Dems spent a lot of time and money on this last election and they won local elections because of the Iraq problems. It is unfortunate so many are so misinformed

 
at 10:50 PM, December 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...It is unfortunate so many are so misinformed....

The only one misinformed is yourself, clueless !

The voters knew exactly what they wanted and booted the wRong wingnut whackos and their self serving agendas down the river in chains !

PATHETIC SPIN !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2007 !

 
at 10:08 AM, December 21, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...It is unfortunate so many are so misinformed....

The only one misinformed is yourself, clueless !

The voters knew exactly what they wanted and booted the wRong wingnut whackos and their self serving agendas down the river in chains !

PATHETIC SPIN !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2007 !

You sir need to get a life or a hobby or mabye a girlfriend.

As far as the jail goes, the taxpayers have spoken, however, that doesn't solve the population problem. It is on Portune and Pepper now to pay for it. Too many bad people are being let out the back door.

 
at 1:28 AM, December 22, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Too many bad people are being let out the back door....

Not, clueless !

You must be talking about that "one flew over the cookoo nest" facility you live in !

PATHETIC !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2007 !

 
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