LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Metro Councilwoman Judy Green promises not to go down without a fight. Five council members are trying to push Green off the council with a new petition.
Our one-on-one interview with Dr. Green (D-District 1) came on the same day some of her colleagues signed a petition to try to get her off the council. It is a first for the council, and a decision they say wasn't taken lightly. Green told us she has no plans to resign and wants to continue serving the more than 7,000 people in her west Louisville district.
"It is very tough, but I'm strong. I'm a Christian, and I'm prayed up, and I'm ready to fight tooth and nail," Green told us.
Green promised to do everything she can to keep her seat on the Metro Council. Last week, the Metro Ethics Commission ruled Green used her position to get $35,000 of public money for her Green Clean Team. Some of her adopted and foster children made money while working for that group.
"The bottom line: my children had the right to participate in a government funded program as much as anybody," Green said.
Now five petition signatures are enough to trigger the process for her to have a hearing before the full Metro Council.
"We perhaps had hoped she would consider resigning. She has asked for a fair hearing before her colleagues; this is how to do that," Tina Ward-Pugh (D-District 9) said.
The petition was signed by Ward-Pugh, the chairwoman of the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee, its vice-chairman Kevin Kramer (R-District 11), Majority Caucus Chair Madonna Flood (D-District 24), Majority Caucus Vice-Chair Barbara Shanklin (D-District 2) and Councilman Stuart Benson (R-District 20). Each say they reviewed hundreds of audit documents and police reports. Green insists all of this is politically and racially driven.
"There are some bullies on that council that have been bullying me from the day one I got on the council," Green responded.
As the process moves forward that will be up to the rest of the council to decide.
"If two-thirds - 14 of the 20 that are left - decide to remove her, they take a vote and do that," Ward-Pugh said.
Green says she looks forward to a full hearing. It will work a lot like a court trial where witnesses can be ordered to testify. No one knows quite how long it will take before the full council will get to vote since this has never been done before.