It now appears that supporters of disgraced Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green (Dem., 1st Dist.) are beginning to play the race card in her defense. At a rally in support of Dr. Green last Tuesday, Gracie Lewis, who indicated she is one of Councilwoman Green’s constituents, asked, "When is white America going to wake up and realize we are not stupid? We are not stupid.”
And last night, Green’s husband, disbarred lawyer James Green, spoke to a group of supporters at the King Solomon Baptist Church, in Louisville’s West End, and described the legal efforts to remove his wife from office as a “political lynching.”
James Green accused Metro Council President Jim King (Dem., 10th Dist.) as being the force behind the removal effort, and quoted him as saying, “I might as well bring the tar and feathers.” He also described to the group of his wife’s supporters gathered at the church how he tried to get the Kentucky Human Rights Commission to investigate Judy Green’s ethics investigation as a possible civil rights violation.
Louisville Metro Councilmen Ken Fleming, (Rep. 7th Dist.) and David Tandy (Dem. 4th Dist.) originally introduced a bipartisan ethics reform package; only to see it sabotaged by a group of Democrats—including Councilwoman Green—who favored a more watered-down version. But in March of last year, the Metro Council finally passed a modified compromise ethics ordinance, and it is under this new law that the Metro Ethics Commission recommended that the full Metro Council remove Green from office.
Political observers are anxiously following the Green case to see whether the Metro Council is really serious about ethics reform. Many observers have concluded that, if Judy Green can escape sanctions for her obvious ethical failings—if not outright criminal conduct—then the phrase “Metro Council ethics” is nothing more than an oxymoron.
Andrea Jackson, a legislative aide for Councilwoman Green, told Louisville police that—without her knowledge or permission—Councilwoman Green and her husband, James P. Green, obtained a credit card in Jackson’s name; running up $25,000 in debt. Coincident with this, in November of last year, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge ordered the sale of the home owned by Councilwoman Green and her husband James. A mortgage in the amount of $140,000, in favor of Gus Goldsmith, was foreclosed upon, and a commissioner’s sale was scheduled for January of this year. Shortly before the scheduled sale, an “undisclosed settlement” was entered into, and the case was dismissed.
Interestingly, on March 2, 2007, then-Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the awarding of a low-interest and forgivable loan, in the amount of $100,000, to Green Automotive, opening at 2105 Dixie Highway. The used auto lot, to open on the site of the former Perkins Motors automotive dealership, was owned by Councilwoman Judy Green’s husband, James Green, along with Robert McAlmont and Olatungi Otywajuyemi. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office reports that Green Automotive’s corporate charter has been revoked. Apparently, the business never opened.
Phony charges of racism may well be the last refuge of the scoundrel. Perhaps someone needs to tell Gracie Lewis, on behalf of “White America,” that “We are not stupid either.”
Husband Of Embattled Councilwoman Sounds Off