Recently we had the pleasure of watching Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign for governor implode, so badly, his top staffers cut and run. I’ve not yet witnessed such a colossal collapse. In the wake of the “Great Democratic Exodus,” Fitzgerald opted to divert what little money he had managed to raise to other candidates, and run a “grassroots” campaign. Good luck with that.
Then last week, the plot thickened and Ohio learned that the Democrat running for the job of top law officer in the state has his own problems with basic traffic law.
The AP and Columbus Dispatch reported that in recent years, David Pepper accumulated over 180 parking and traffic tickets in Cincinnati. The Enquirer reported that “he even once had his car towed from outside City Hall” due to the multitude of overdue fines. After receiving nearly 170 delinquency notices, Pepper has accumulated nearly $10,000 to-date.
To put this in perspective, in-state tuition for the 2014-15 academic year at Ohio State costs $10,037. David Pepper could have sent someone to college for the amount he’s paid in traffic fines.
Even 20 tickets is an asinine number for anyone, but 180+ is unbelievable. It’s simply stunning that someone running for the office of Attorney General would thumb his nose so blatantly at basic Ohio law.
But wait, there’s more.
While David Pepper has never prosecuted a single criminal case in his life and while there’s no evidence that he’s even argued a case in court, he still claims to be a lawyer. In Ohio, lawyers have to satisfy basic continuing legal education requirements every two years. This typically includes a requirement to attend a few classes in order to remain in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Apparently, David Pepper was too busy ignoring traffic fines to bother following basic rules for maintaining good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Pepper did not fulfill some of his legal requirements, and as a result was sanctioned by the Ohio Supreme Court and had his status changed to “not in good standing” by the Ohio Supreme Court. You can see the court order here. Pepper is on page 6.
That’s right, he wants to be Attorney General, but has been sanctioned by the court and listed as “not in good standing”.
So Ed FitzGerald is running for governor, yet apparently drove unabated for a full decade without a valid drivers license. David Pepper is running to be Ohio’s top lawyer, yet he’s collected 180+ tickets, nearly 170 delinquency notices, accumulated enough in fines to pay off my student loans, and has been sanctioned by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Notice a common theme? Ohio Democrats: Above the Law.