Saturday, August 24, 2002

Lemmie has right to speak out, but ...

By Gregory Korte,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        City Council members distanced themselves Friday from remarks by City Manager Valerie Lemmie about the boycott of Cincinnati, but said the city manager continues to have their support.

        Ms. Lemmie said Thursday that business leaders “must establish a dialogue with African-American leaders, especially those representing the boycott.”

        Republican Chris Monzel said he was “highly disappointed” in her speech.

        “She just legitimized even more these fringe interests that do not represent the mainstream community view,” he said.

        Moderate council members supported Ms. Lemmie's right to express her opinion.


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