Group rallies in support of embattled councilwoman
Dr. Judy Green
Rev, Charles Elliott
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Five members of the Louisville Metro Council will offer up a signed petition calling for the removal of Councilwoman Judy Green. The decision was reached by Metro Council members Monday afternoon and comes as Green refuses to step down and as she gets some support from the community.
Among the council members who want Green ousted is Tina Ward-Pugh (D-District 9), chair of the Metro Ethics Committee, and Kevin Kramer (R-District 7) the committee vice-chair. Earlier in the day, a group rallied downtown with a message for the Metro Council: ignore the Ethics Commission's recommendation to get rid of Green.
"We don't see no mistake that she made," Reverend Charles Elliott of King Solomon Baptist Church. "All she was doing is helping her children."
On June 10, the Metro Ethics Commission found Green used her official position to obtain $35,000 of public money for her organization 'The Green Clean Team,' a summer jobs program that her family participated in. Green consistently denies the allegations and could lose her seat.
"I'm asking the Metro Council to ignore the recommendation that is being recommended by the Ethics Committee," Elliott said. "They did not elect her. It was her constituents that elected her."
Some of Green's constituents stood steadfast.
"When is white America going to wake up and realize that we are not stupid?" asked Gracie Lewis, a District 1 resident and Green supporter. "We are not stupid. Every cent of this program money has been accounted for. Do you understand that?"
Lewis and others claim Green did nothing wrong.
"Anybody can mismanage something in terms of administratively," Lewis said, "but the monies have been accounted for. Let us never ever forget."
Green tells WAVE 3 she's been an honest public servant that has never sought to enrich herself for personal gain.
It would take a two-thirds vote to remove Green from the Metro Council. Mayor Greg Fischer says he will let the Council take care of the Green hearings, but if they don't move forward, he could step in.
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