Frank Jackson’s “Kelley endorsement” isn’t sitting too well with Clevelanders who want to move on and close the door on his 32 year presence at city hall

Frank Jackson endorsed Kevin Kelley and Nina Turner. Nina lost to no-name Shontel Brown by 4000 votes. Zack Reed should send Frank a big "thank you" for the help.

CLEVELAND, OH – Clevelanders looking for an indication of how the 2021 campaign to replace Frank Jackson as mayor might turn out can look at two endorsements.  Jackson’s and the Plain Dealer’s.  Each endorsed Nina Turner to represent the 11th Congressional District in the August 3, 2021 primary election.

Turner raised over $6.2 million to Shontel Brown’s $4.5 million and lost by 4000 votes with their endorsements and that of Russian United States Senator Bernard Gitman Sanders.  It’s Kevin Kelley who now has to see if he can do better with one of the two local endorsements.  The Plain Dealer has endorsed Justin Bibb.

Kevin Kelley criminally obstructed Clerk of Council Patricia Britt from accepting 22,000 signatures from registered Cleveland voters who wanted to decide yes or no on the $88 million he had illegally caused council to enact an “emergency” ordinance to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Standing next to him are two American Negro members of council. Phyllis Cleveland and former member Terrell Pruitt. Pruitt was Nina Turner’s choice to lead Ward 1 after she left for the Ohio Senate. Imagine a U.S. soldier and an American Negro standing silently by while an Irish Catholic anarchist obstructs hard fought for civil voting rights for American Negroes. Cleveland is an attorney. Disgraceful.

Jackson’s endorsement of Kelley was expected as it was apparent at least to me in 2017 that he was grooming and protecting the anarchist elected official young enough to be his son.  When Kelley obstructed the voting rights of 22,000 mostly American Negro Clevelanders who wanted to vote on spending $88 million to renovate Quicken Loans Arena for redlining Dan Gilbert, Jackson failed to defend American and American Negro voting rights against the vicious attack on them by the Irish Catholic politician’s plantation boss politics.  The attitude coming from city hall was obvious.  “Fuck the people.”  Kelley’s my boy.”

I filed a criminal complaint against Kelley for the “community benefits” agreement Jackson let the president of council usurp the mayor and law director’s authority to negotiate.  It was Jackson’s duty as mayor, pursuant to Section 733.34 of the Ohio Revised Code, to “supervise the conduct of the officers” of the municipal corporation to discharge only the duties of their public offices.

Every elected and appointed official of the municipal corporation of Cleveland has limited duties to discharge that are spelled out in plain English in statutory job descriptions called “general laws” that are unsuspended.  For “municipal corporations” the duties of elected officials charters in home rule cities generally don’t conflict with are based on can be found in Title 7 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Just because Jackson wanted to let Kelley use the Quicken Loans deal to look good he didn’t have the authority to let the “president of council” assume the duties of the “director of law” to negotiate what amounted to a “contract” between the city of Cleveland the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Brookpark Mayor Thomas Coyne’s lawsuit against his council in 2001 was resolved by the Supreme Court of Ohio in Coyne v. Salvator 2002; and the justices took the extra steps to give instructions to duty-exceeding council presidents like Kelley.

Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Michael O’Malley knows Cleveland police are not properly certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and that they’re making arrests unlawfully. He knows Kevin Kelley’s campaign finance reports were not delivered to the Board of Elections pursuant to Section 3517.10 of the Ohio Revised Code; and that he entered campaigns and offices more than once in violation of Section 3517.11(d). O’Malley is the same prosecutor who served with William D. Mason when he asked Judge Brian Corrigan to seal the sex offenses of 496 Catholic church priests and workers. He’s the same prosecutor who knows or should know Kelley’s stolen two elections. They’re both loyal to each other Irish Catholics. Protestants go to jail for the crimes they conceal for each other. Think of all the innocent Protestant American and American Negro men being persecuted by the descendants of Irish immigrants whose “back home” national leaders sided with Adolf Hitler and his Nazi’s against the Irish Protestants during World War II. It’s so bad the two Irish Catholic brothers served and serve on a city council that requires every contractor to sign an pledge based on the MacBride Principals that they’re not doing business with northern Irish Protestant companies. This “third world” bullshit is why Baptist Protestant Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller’s company left Cleveland once it became known as British Petroleum. They warned the council not to bring that foreign shit to America; but the Irish Catholic minority of about 18,000 Clevelanders wanted it and that’s what they got with the help of culturally and historically unaware Protestant American Negro members of council.

The duties of a member of council are “legislative only” pursuant to Section 731.05 of the Ohio Revised Code.  It’s explained under the heading “Powers of legislative authority.”

The powers of the legislative authority of a city shall be legislative only, it shall perform no administrative duties, and it shall neither appoint nor confirm any officer or employee in the city government except those of its own body, unless otherwise provided in Title VII of the Revised Code. All contracts requiring the authority of the legislative authority for their execution shall be entered into and conducted to performance by the board or officers having charge of the matters to which they relateAfter the authority to make such contracts has been given and the necessary appropriation made, the legislative authority shall take no further action thereon.

Kelley’s a working attorney.  The fact he ignored every law that told him not to do what he did as an oath sworn member of a legislative authority speaks volumes about his anarchist mindset as an elected official.  The behavior was criminal whether he was prosecuted or not.  It makes the shit he pulled with former Councilman Kenneth Johnson even more offensive by making the now convicted councilman a scapegoat for what every member of council was doing with federal block grant funds.

Kevin Kelley stands with Ward 2 Councilman Kevin Bishop as they announce desires to see Cleveland police engaging in unrestrained warrantless pursuits anywhere they need to go to catch the “bad guys.” Kelley and Bishop were responding to the cries of a Caucasian Tremont area woman whose mother was carjacked. The mayoral candidate Frank Jackson endorsed was animated like a rabble rouser trying to lead a lynch mob. A guy who’s already shown criminal tendencies should not ever be placed in charge of police.

What Jackson was supposed to do was enforce Ord. No. 612.15(e) which instructs the city’s elected and appointed officials to stay in their own lanes.  Under Cleveland’s charter and the “Federal” form of government the city is structured to operate in the same manner as the presidency and congress pursuant to Section 705.71 of the Ohio Revised Code.

“The form of government provided in sections 705.71 to 705.86, inclusive, of the Revised Code, shall be known as the “federal plan.” In municipal corporations adopting such plan the only elective officers shall be the mayor and members of council.”

So under Cleveland’s charter and form of government a council president can’t fill in for the mayor and negotiate a contract for the mayor to sign.  It sets forth that unlike other cities the law director, finance director and clerk of the council are appointed and not elected.  In Warren, Ohio the law director is elected and so is Parma’s.  Independence, Ohio elects its finance director.  An elected law director would have observed the “dereliction of duty” in Kelley’s contract negotiations, with Jackson’s signature on it, and criminally charged them each with violating Ord. No. 612.15(e) among others.  “Dereliction of duty.”  It’s a 2nd degree misdemeanor

“No public servant shall recklessly fail to perform a duty expressly imposed by law with respect to his or her office, or recklessly do any act expressly forbidden by law with respect to his or her office.” 

The reaction to Jackson’s endorsement of Kelley makes an already unpopular outgoing mayor even more unpopular with what was his American Negro voting base than before he opened his mouth.  It creates resistance from even his most loyal former supporters.

Frank Jackson and Kevin Kelley’s illegal “sanctuary city” policies are harmful to Cleveland’s residents and the majority American Negro population. Tania Menesse did not have sufficient knowledge of Cleveland’s grant management agreement with Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation or of HUD’s federal laws and regulations. Her refusal to enforce the terms and conditions of the grant management agreement was evidence. Her incompetence and agenda to destroy BSSDC through closure created a chain reaction of events that led to Kenneth Johnson being investigated by the FBI with Kelley’s push. Menesse was born in Mumbai, India and had certain immigration duties to discharge that Jackson and Kelley should have checked. Instead of Johnson being investigated it was Menesse who officials should have probed. Under Jackson city hall is more immigrant friendly than Cleveland resident friendly. Hell no to another four years of that national security threat shit under Israeli flag flying Kelley.

Some are asking why he didn’t groom Blaine Griffin or Sandra Williams or any number of capable American Negro politicians instead of one who’d proven himself to be an anarchist and vote suppressing racist?  That’s been the criticism of the Kelley endorsement from the calls I’ve received as Mr. Jackson is “hesitantly” being called a sellout.  The hesitancy comes because Jackson did empower a significant amount of American Negroes with job and career opportunities though the majority are suburbanites.

While Jackson’s legacy-protecting endorsement of elley seems to signal an ego-driven intent to extend his brand on Cleveland city hall past his mental and physical presence in it.  The Jackson brand of leadership that’s made the city the nation’s poorest, and driven one in five Cleveland public school students to contemplate suicide, is not a brand Cleveland voters appear to be in a hurry to perpetuate.  It explains the harsh reaction to Kelley.

Kelley is seen by some in Cleveland’s American Negro community in the same derogatory light as the woman Jackson defeated for mayor in 2005 with the editorial help of my Cleveland ChallengerJane Campbell.  From my East Cleveland perspective he’s Gary Norton.  No matter what Jackson says about Kelley the electorate doesn’t appear ready to make the “Campbell mistake” twice. The reaction to him has not just been “no” it’s been “hell no.”

Clevelanders who know Blaine Griffin’s loyalty to lame duck Mayor Frank Jackson are wondering why he didn’t groom him for mayor instead of Kevin Kelley. Unlike Kevin Conwel, thus far, Griffin’s not endorsed any candidate for mayor. Conwell and his wife, Yvonne Conwell, have endorsed Kelley.

A Black president had to send a Black attorney general to a predominantly Black city to tell a Black mayor and a Black police chief they were letting racists terrorize Black people.  Now he’s pushing a candidate the majority of American Negro Clevelanders have predetermined is as offensively unacceptable as Dennis Kucinich.

It will be interesting to see how Mr. Jackson tries to sell Mr. Kelley to the city’s voters.  Maybe the two will stand at street corners together on sidewalks waving at voters driving by during morning rush hour like Mr. Jackson did in 2017.

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.

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