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Friday, January 18, 2008

Banks dispute solved. DeWine credits himself

The Freedom Center Friday changed its mind about seeking $1 million for the grassy lot next door. Read the Enquirer story here.

Banks Working Group Chairman Bob Castellini submitted this explanation of the whole ordeal.

The Freedom Center said the decision was made because it is in the best interest of the community.

But Commissioner Pat DeWine says it was all his doing.

"On Monday, as Council and the Commission were set to approve the payment, I vigorously objected and refused to go along," DeWine said in an e-mail to his supporters. As a result the deal was blocked and there was a huge public outcry against the payment demand."

He neglected to mention though, that unless he, himself was planning to vote for the deal and convince colleague Todd Portune to join him, it never would have gone through anyway. There are only three commissioners and one of them, David Pepper couldn't vote because his father's on the Freedom Center Board.

That leaves DeWine, who obviously was against the deal, and Portune, who said he also opposed giving the money. Both Portune and DeWine would have had to vote "yes" for the deal to go through. So even if the city had been on board, the buck, so to speak, would have stopped there.



Here's the whole e-mail from DeWine:


"Last week the County Commission and Cincinnati City Council were set to approve payment of $1 million in taxpayer funds to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The payment was to be in exchange for property rights that were given to the Freedom Center for free by the City and the County in 2000. Under the agreement the land was to be developed into a park. Eight years later, the land still sits undeveloped, but is now needed to complete the long-awaited Banks project. Unbelievably, Freedom Center officials demanded a payment of $1 million from the taxpayers for the land rights that had been given to them even though the Freedom Center will benefit greatly from the Banks development. I thought this was simply wrong. Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay twice for the same piece of property, particularly to an entity that has already received millions of tax dollars. On Monday, as Council and the Commission were set to approve the payment, I vigorously objected and refused to go along. As a result the deal was blocked and there was a huge public outcry against the payment demand.
I am pleased to report to you that as a result of my refusal to go along, and the public outcry, officials from the Freedom Center announced today that they have rethought their position and will now give the development rights back free of charge. I'm pleased they have chosen to do the right thing.
If you have any thoughts on the matter please feel free to contact me. As always, I look forward to hearing from you."


35 Comments:

at 4:20 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the kind of dishonest, over-the-top rhetoric that explains why DeWine had to quit as Commissioner. He's lost all credbility even in his own party.

Unbelievably, the nonsense continues.

 
at 5:28 PM, January 18, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Anon 4;20

Do you think DeWine's partnership and co-operation with the NAACP on the mega-tax could have had something to do with it ???????

RECTAL-CRAINIAL INVERSION!!!!!!

 
at 5:50 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since his vote would have been required for the Commission to approve the deal, apparently he was "set" to approve the payment, until he vigorously objected to himself.

What a clown!

 
at 7:55 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWhiner is DeWusional. Everyone who knows anything about politics would know that the strongly-worded press release from Master of the Meaningless Monzel is the real reason for this. Since the DeWhiner DeFender is ignorant of such matters, he leave commenting on this blog to more informed and intelligent readers.

 
at 8:16 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Middle Class Guy said...

DeWine once again stood up for the taxpayers. His leadership generated mass opposition to the Freedom Center's demands which made it impossible for those demands to be met. Portune went along because he didn't want to be on the wrong side of another high profile issue after his Sales Tax Scam debacle.

 
at 8:28 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a sad day in the Nati when it took an idiot (DeWine) to stop the nonsense that was the Jail Tax - I give him partial credit for that, at least.

 
at 8:28 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you didn't hurt your arm patting yourself on your back, You may need it for the bench.

 
at 9:43 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous A Concerned Reader said...

Every politician pats himself on the back -- big deal. Portune is an expert on it.

Love him or hate him, DeWine stopped the jail tax, and DeWine made Portune tow the line on this issue, too.

 
at 10:50 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should get the minutes for the museum meeting to see whos million dollar idea it was in the first place!

 
at 5:10 AM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lazy politician...a couple of sound bites and work accomplished. DeWine never did anything on the city council or county commission. His platform was a plank of NO to everything. He coat-tailed on the Clerk of Court's instant notification idea to protect foster children, he let COAST, Smitherman and others carry the ball for the anti-jail group, and councilman Pepper did more to champion managed competition than DeWine ever did. Serving the public involves risks (DeWine never took one. .opposing a sales tax increase in Hamilton County was not exactly a profile in courage) and vision (he never articulated one while a city council member or commissioner...were is his much trumpeted and long awaited jail plan to build a jail without raising taxes?) and integrity (this one is easy, just ask his friends; if you can find any).

By By DeWine

 
at 8:57 AM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this guy is going to be judge...WOW...Is there anything he can't (or doesn't want to) do? Next up for DeWine? Global warming, then meteors. Then maybe he'll "always want" to run for some other position...maybe head coach of the Bengals. Awesome.
UPDATE - DeWine just took credit for that tasty bowl of cereal you just ate. He hopes you enjoyed it. Say "thank you."

 
at 10:29 AM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in the heck can we expect this dunce to be a competent judge. Anyone who votes for him in any political election would have to have their head chopped off. It just gets worse. First they screw up City government, then the County. Then they have the nerve to think they deserve a judicial position. Wake up America

 
at 10:40 AM, January 19, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

This guy is judge material ?

 
at 10:51 AM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWine barely got through the endorsement for judge!

 
at 11:30 AM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

Just what we need at the county courthouse !

Another wRong wingnut whacko lacking integrity !

Somehow we think, da da da whiner will be able to get back into the good graces of Si, if elected judge, when he finds all those OTR illegally searched victims, GUILTY !

PATHETIC !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DAVIS 2008 !

 
at 12:05 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a jack ass. He is a real team player.

 
at 12:45 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that the Banks Working Group had already signed off, and this was set for votes before City Council and the Commissioners and nobody said peep until DeWine spoke up.

The majority of City Council was for it. And Portune was for it until he got caught with his hand in the taxpayer cookie jar again. Thank goodness DeWine had the guts to stand up and say no.

 
at 3:53 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWhiner is always good at just saying "no" however he never has ameans to solve problems.

On the other hand- all Portune had to do was make a call and talk some sense to the people in charge

One creates issues - the other solves them

If DeWhine makes it to a judgship all defendants going before him should be released immediately after sentencing - anyone who has to listen to DeWine's incessant whining has suffered enough

 
at 4:42 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Freedom Center tried to rip off the City and County tax payers.

 
at 5:59 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWine is on the right side of this issue.
It is obvious that our "leaders" will never be able to stop themselves from turning over unending millions to that lost cause. So- accepting that, they should insist on input on how it is run. Slash salaries right away. Plug the huge money leaks. Open the books.

 
at 7:39 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Said today that it was all big misunderstanding, thought it was all TAKEN CARE OF, ha!

 
at 10:33 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Hamilton County Republican said...

Pat Dewine exemplifies the reason why so many people are disgusted with politicians. Dewine is a dishonest self-promoter and I can't wait to see him on the sidelines.

Mike Dewine was fired by the voters for his spineless RINO inclinations. Pat Dewine must have been paying attention. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Pat!

 
at 11:51 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, DeWine is a clown. We should have just given the FC the million and anything else they need to stay "in business".

I mean, where else will we bus the school-kids to for their "culture lesson"?

Step up John Pepper! Your CEO, running an empty building/program, is making how much? Is that how they did it at P&G?

 
at 9:59 AM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Name it the solitude center said...

In this overcrowded hustle-bustle world, sometimes it is nice to have a quiet place to get in touch with your feelings, and contemplate your existence. The slave museum is such a place. If we have to spend another million or 5 every few months to keep it there, let's do it gladly.

 
at 1:03 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:51 - Yeah DeWine barely got through the endorsement as judge. He took over 67% of the vote. How exactly does that qualify as barely? If the jail tax had taken 67% of the vote would Portune and Pepper have said that it "barely" won? I doubt it. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of blatantly false information people will put on here and expect others to gobble up as if it were gospel.

 
at 1:05 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's clear that the FC wasn't going to get the money because NEITHER County Commissioner that could vote was on board. DeWine, even when he agrees with others, still chooses to be political and attack and exaggerate.

Pathetic.

 
at 2:32 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the foot-tapping Bold Typist--the Freedom Center got caught with their pants down.

 
at 5:10 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a Republican choice in the primary race for the Court of Common Pleas Court. Kathy King, an attorney for 33 years and a magistrate for 25 years, is running against DeWine.

 
at 9:12 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.
"Anonymous said...There is a Republican choice in the primary race for the Court of Common Pleas Court. Kathy King, an attorney for 33 years and a magistrate for 25 years, is running against DeWine. 5:10 PM, January 20, 2008"

Hello, judicial races are non-partisan !

PATHETIC 'clueless wRong wing-nuts' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DAVIS 2008 !

 
at 11:27 PM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeWine deserves credit where credit is due. It is now. Thank you, Pat!

 
at 10:37 AM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I want a woman to play Janet Reno on Celebrity Jeopardy, I'd vote for Cathy King. If I want someone who has the independence to be a quality judge, then DeWine is the obvious choice.

 
at 11:28 AM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

More classy campaigning from Pat DeWine.

 
at 1:52 PM, January 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dewine and his ragtag group of COAST sockpuppets always sink to the lowest level of slime politics. It's what they do. Want to know about Dewine's lack of character? Just ask his ex-wife. Maybe I'll post more details if the COAST sockpuppets keep attacking Kathy King.

 
at 11:19 AM, January 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Davis PLEASE DON'T RETIRE.

 
at 3:55 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Elect Kathy King said...

What has Pat Dewine ever done in his entire existence on this planet that would qualify him for Common Pleas judge?

Kathy King has many years of experience as a magistrate. Dewine has experience running losing campaigns. It's time to 'retire' Pat just like we 'retired' Mike Dewine. I'm voting for Kathy King!

 
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