Thursday, August 06, 2009

A Message from the Wenstrup Campaign

Fellow Wenstrup Supporters:

I am usually the fun guy in the campaign. I write to you about festivals, fundraisers, neighborhood parties, and the like. I get you t-shirts, little American flags, and candy to hand out at parades. I try to take your picture when you're making a goofy face, or when you have food in your mouth, or when your eyes are closed.

But now I am writing to you on a matter of grave importance. As you are no doubt aware, the City Manager has just announced the decimation of the Cincinnati Police Department--138 officers laid off. When this announcement was made, the Mayor refused to let council members ask any questions or make any comments. As the Enquirer noted, "Mayor Mark Mallory shut them down, saying the matter was not on council's agenda. The mayor controls the agenda... Mallory declined to talk to reporters after the meeting."City Council has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the layoffs. That meeting is TODAY, August 6th, at 6:00 P.M. at the Duke Energy Center (the Cincinnati Convention Center) downtown.

This is where you come in. Brad will be there and he will be speaking. But we need your support. We need to show the Mayor and his City Manager that these layoffs are unacceptable. If there is any way that you can be there, you are needed. You don't have to speak; your presence will speak volumes. If you have a campaign shirt, wear it. A sea of Wenstrup shirts will demonstrate to council that you oppose this course of action.This really is not a political issue. The Mayor and his City Manager are charting a dangerous course. If these layoffs occur, I personally believe that lives will be lost. If you only come to one event during this campaign, this is the one.

I hope to see you there. And please keep the families of the police officers, and all those slated for layoff, in your prayers. I am sure they are going through a very difficult time right now.

With great respect,

Brian Lee
Volunteer Coordinator
Citizens for Wenstrup