Democratic AG candidate David Pepper has paid $10,000 in parking fines

DeWine campaign spokesman: Pepper and FitzGerald "demonstrate remarkable hypocrisy."
TNS Regional News
Aug 20, 2014

 

In a campaign for Ohio's top law-enforcement job, do parking tickets, and paying some late, matter?

Not surprisingly, the campaigns of Democrat David Pepper, who racked up about 180 tickets over 14 years, and his Republican opponent, Attorney General Mike DeWine, who had none but usually has had government drivers, feel very differently about the subject.
Pepper, a practicing lawyer, paid $9,229 in fines for 182 violations, including about a dozen for expired license plates, over a 14-year period, the Associated Press found in reviewing Hamilton County records. His most recent ticket was on July 3, for which he paid a $90 fine.
The Dispatch asked the campaigns: "Do parking tickets matter in a campaign for attorney general (even a lot of them), or are they irrelevant when other big issues are on the agenda?"
DeWine campaign spokesman Ryan Stubenrauch said: "While it's no doubt common to receive an occasional parking ticket, racking up 182 tickets, nearly $10,000 in fines, and over 165 delinquency notices shows a stunning disregard for basic laws. David Pepper and Ed FitzGerald are asking voters to elect them to run Ohio and uphold its laws, but they demonstrate remarkable hypocrisy in their inability to follow the law themselves."
Meanwhile, Pepper spokesman Pete Koltak said: "Mike DeWine has given millions of dollars of government contracts to his biggest donors and has even been caught rigging a bid for a friend. We think David's agenda to build stronger, safer communities and clean up DeWine's corrupt contracting practices will matter more to voters than a recycled story about old, paid parking tickets."
For months, Democrats have been accusing DeWine of giving lucrative state contracts to political friends. DeWine denies the allegations.
Pepper was ticketed while maintaining a "very hectic schedule" as a Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati City Council member, Koltak said. He paid all fines.
Stubenrauch said DeWine has not received a ticket of any kind for many years. However, DeWine has almost continuously been in public office for three decades, including terms in the U.S. Senate and House and as lieutenant governor. He had a driver for much of that period.
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By Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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Comments

JakeMac25

Give him the chair!

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JMOP

Nah, give them bicycles. No fines, no drivers license needed, and the Libs want less carbon footprints. It's a win win!

beernsmokes2

How can you trust someone who has no regard for the law? We have too many of those kinds of people in office now. Getting that many parking tickets shows no respect for the law. Its a gateway crime. First its parking tickets and then it's your money...

lugnut2511

And yet this story is news over parking tickets.. Keep grabbing for something Reflector, you'll get something some day

JACKEL

Speaking of parking tickets, look up how much those phonies from The U.N. owe New York ! 18 million according to Google !

TrollingMotors

Its not like he views zygotes as fully qualified humans while real children are starving to death at the border.

That kind of hypocrisy???