Cincinnati City Council Wednesday rejected a proclamation that would have recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day – a loss that shocked supporters of the idea.
Five of council’s nine members abstained from a vote on the proclamation, which was brought forward by Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, who is running against Mayor John Cranley in next year’s mayoral race.
As the votes were cast, Simpson sat stunned. The room was silent.
Items fail all the time. But not like this, with five abstentions. At City Hall, council members vote “no” when they are against something. And they are generally happy to talk about why.
“The work is not done,” said Simpson after the vote. She added she was left with no choice but to think mayoral politics played a role in the defeat.
“What else could it be?” she said.
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