|List of Excuses for Republican Chairman's Comment|
Read on to see the complete text of the press release issued by Tracie Hunter's lawyers about the breakdown of confidential talks aimed at resolving Hunter's lawsuit against the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Press leaks are mentioned as having undermined the negotiations. Also blamed: Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou's comments on a WDBZ radio talkshow that described Democratic judicial candidate Hunter as "unAmerican." To the GOP chairman, her sin was going to federal court for an injunction requiring that provisional ballots be counted. Now, Hunter is demanding an apology for the talkshow insult from Triantafilou, a lawyer and former judge. Triantafilou, of course, has spent a goodly part of his career in court, where he knows it is hardly "unAmerican" to seek redress via the legal system. In fact, that's how the GOP chief has made his living. In Triantafilou's world, the rules that apply to him should not apply to Tracie Hunter. Somehow it is "unAmerican" for her to fight for her rights in the courts -- yep, the courthouse doors should be closed to Hunter but wide open to him.
Here's just a snippet from Republican Chairman Triantafilou's bio at the downtown Cincinnati law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl:
During his time as a judge, he handled thousands of cases across the legal spectrum including having taken part in deciding two capital death penalty cases and having overseen several mass tort and class action cases. Alex continues to serve in a judicial capacity in his role as the Magistrate in the City of Harrison Mayor's Court.Here's the press release from Hunter's lawyers:
In his current law practice, Alex handles a variety of business and contractual disputes and has extensive experience in the criminal practice.
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February 1, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Branch
Today Tracie Hunter joins with the Cincinnati community in expressing sympathy and condolences to the family of Alex Triantafilou on the death of his father.
When he returns to his duties as Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections she does trust that he will apologize for publicly labeling Ms. Hunter as “Un-American” for pursuing the litigation that seeks a full count of the provisional ballots cast in the 2010 Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge race. This derogatory comment was made on the eve of a mediation that had been scheduled for February 3 but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The mediation was to be a confidential forum for airing differences but various leaks to the press have now undermined that process. The Chairman’s disrespect for Ms. Hunter and her effort to enforce constitutional norms in the voting process and all the leaks make a mediation unworkable.
This is Black History Month. One of the great accomplishments in our history was securing the right to vote for all Americans, including women and African-Americans. Ms. Hunter’s lawsuit merely seeks to apply established constitutional principles to the 849 uncounted provisional votes in the 2010 Juvenile Court election. Ms. Hunter will not be deterred by name calling; nor will she abandon the voters whose ballots were unconstitutionally and illegally ignored by the Board of Elections. Ms. Hunter will wait for a ruling from the Federal Court and hopes that will come soon.