Former Republican State Treasurer and Attorney General candidate Joseph T. Deters -- who resigned in disgrace after being investigated by a criminal grand jury and having several of his employees convicted of campaign-related crimes -- is accused of paying $25,000 to the head of the Cincinnati NAACP to buy Black votes. Dirty Deters is the current Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, the chief law enforcement officer in Cincinnati. He is up for re-election in November and is facing a stiff challenge from Janaya Trotter -- an African American woman.
Two years ago, Christopher Smitherman -- an African American member of Cincinnati City Council and head of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP -- was criticized for accepting money from Steve Chabot, an ultra-rightwing member of Congress, and helping him beat then-Congressman Steve Driehaus. Driehaus reportedly refused to pay Smitherman for his support and wasn't interested in paying Black people for their votes.
Every year, local NAACP chapters have a fundraiser. After Dirty Deters paid Smitherman $25,000, he was invited to speak at the NAACP's Freedom Fund Dinner. Veteran political observers have watched Dirty Deters for years. To them, this seems like Quid Pro Quo. Smitherman is trying to do to Janaya Trotter what he did to Steve Driehaus -- help her opponent unless she PAYS TO PLAY!
Dirty Deters is a relatively young man. He still wants to hold statewide office. He wants to be the governor. Now is the time for Democrats to come together and help end Dirty Deters' political career!
Janaya Trotter seems to have come from out of nowhere. She is fighting the good fight, but Dirty Deters has a ton of money and national political connections. Daily Kos readers can help level the playing field. Here's a link to Dr. Trotter's website.
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