Andrea Nelson-Moore may run for Cleveland municipal court judge against Judge Ann Oakar whose bailiff called Eastsider’s “animals”

Oakar's been moping around the Cleveland municipal court wondering how she now appears to people who thought she had a different mindset than the one she displayed in front of Alicia Gray

CLEVELAND, OH – Democratic Party Judge Ann Clare Oakar should have admonished and not laughed at the filth that sprang from the racist mouth of Cleveland Municipal Court bailiff Deidre Mueller when she described the East side residents who voted for her as a Democrat as “animals” in front of American Negro and bailiff Alicia Gray.

Gray’s Grandfather and Great-Grandfather were lynched by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama; and she lives on the East side of Cleveland like I do.  “West is best and East is least” is not something everyone knows.  You also don’t travel to the East side of Cleveland “if you want to see some animals” like her bailiff Mueller said in front of Gray.

Not accepting Deirdre Mueller’s resignation after her Alicia Gray heard her racist words about East side Clevelanders might become one of Judge Ann Clare Oakar’s biggest professional regrets.  Mueller has experienced zero accountability from the judges who handle personnel for her racist words in a place of justice.

Those words weren’t funny.  Telling Gray she didn’t get Mueller’s joke was not Oakar’s job as a dispenser of justice.

None of my sources inside the Cleveland Municipal Court have said it was wrong for Judge Pinkie Carr to defend Gray’s perspective in the Oakar-Mueller racial drama.  Oakar should have shown respect and not arrogance; and apologized directly to Gray as she dealt with Mueller.  Judge Joseph Zone’s personal bailiff, a Zimbabwean alien named Vincent Zvomuya, should have kept his mouth shut when he told Gray not to return to the 14th floor.

If Oakar was wondering if she was going to be an unopposed candidate in this year’s municipal elections her answer is now “more than likely.” Attorney and East sider Andrea Nelson-Moore intends to pursue one of the open seats on the Cleveland Municipal Court.  Andrea Nelson-Moore’s campaign is now taking orders for an April 2, 2021 fish fry that’s her first fundraiser.  $20 a dinner. Call 216-268-9658 and ask for Pam Gray to purchase by March 31st.

Andrea Nelson-Moore’s worked as a government attorney for Cuyahoga County and as the chief of staff to the county’s Inspector General.  She’s also worked for the judges of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas as a staff attorney.

Zimbabwean alien Vincent Zvumoya works as a personal bailiff for Judge Joseph Zone and had no legal authority to tell bailiff Alicia Gray to stay off the 14th floor in defense of Judge Ann Clare Oakar and her support for the racist words of Deirdre Mueller.

Andrea Nelson-Moore and campaign finance law violator Judge Joan Synenberg competed for a court of common pleas judgeship in 2016.  Synenberg failed to deliver her campaign finance reports to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections within the 12 and 38 day deadlines as prescribed in Section 3517.10 of the Revised Code of Ohio.  R.C. 3517.11(d) instructed Synenberg not to enter the office of judge or advance to the general election if the deadlines had not been met.

Oakar should have accepted her bailiff’s resignation offer and delivered an apology to Gray instead of to Judge Michelle Earley to deliver to Gray.  American Negro Earley should have stood up for “right” instead of holding Oakar’s hands in front of Gray and telling her there’d be no internal investigation or discipline for Mueller’s racist words.

Both judges will have to explain themselves to the voters during their next elections.  Despite her affiliation with the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Oakar being an incumbent judge and the political organization’s endorsement won’t help.  Just ask attorney and girlfriend beating Joseph Russo.  Republican Judge Marilyn Cassiday crushed him in 2019.

I won’t repeat all the names readers of EJBNEWS have used to describe Earley to this writer.  One unfairly disparages Uncle Tom whose characteristics don’t reflect Early’s actions towards Gray.  The noun “uncle” was replaced with “aunt.”

Cleveland Municipal Court bailiff Alicia Gray’s relatives were slaughtered by Ku Klux Klansmen in Alabama.

The slave character Uncle Tom was beaten to death by slave master Simon Legree for refusing to tell where two enslaved women run-aways were hiding.  Author Harriet Beecher Stowe in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” portrayed this courageous man much more differently than he’s been remembered.  Uncle Tom was no sellout.

A Moore – Oakar matchup for now appears to be a possibility.  Oakar’s been described by at least one source inside the Cleveland Municipal Court as “nice” and someone they thought was “cool.”  Her refusal to apologize to Gray was viewed as “not cool.”

“She won’t be getting my vote,” said one Cleveland westsider during a private conversation.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

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