Democratic candidate for Cincinnati city council Brian Garry will not have the vote of his former campaign manager.
Across the Rhine resident Faith Gingrich-Goetz worked for about four months this year as Garry’s campaign manager before abruptly quitting in May.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Gingrich-Goetz denounced Garry’s campaign as “plagued” in a way that caused her to question his ability to run the city.
Garry said he saw the message and Gingrich-Goetz never said anything like that to him when they worked together. It wasn’t until August that she contacted him and other campaign staff by email to let him know her feelings. And when Garry offered to meet her, she declined, he said.
Tuesday was the first day of early voting; Election day is November 2. Garry is one of 35 candidates vying for nine Cincinnati City Council seats.
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“As a former campaign manager, I don’t support Brian Garry for Cincinnati City Council and I don’t think he’s the right fit for the job,” Gingrich-Goetz wrote in the Greater Cincinnati Facebook group. Politics of The Enquirer, which has 12,000 members. “As the saying goes, the hindsight is 20/20. I left the campaign manager job in May after being treated worse than ever in a job before.”
She included a photo of a Brian Garry campaign sign with a red “X” drawn on it.
“I saw dysfunctions, I saw a lack of organization, and I saw behaviors that made me sincerely question his ability to lead our city and his ability to work as a team”, she continued.
Gingrich-Goetz’s post criticized Garry’s campaign for “toxic systems” and “a lack of organization.” She went into specifics when The Enquirer asked her.
Forced to record bathroom breaks
She described a campaign that is increasingly under the control of Garry’s mother, Patricia Garry. Even though Gingrich-Goetz was a campaign manager, she said she could only speak to Garry in her mother’s presence and only with her mother’s permission.
Every minute she worked on the campaign, including bathroom breaks, had to be recorded.
She felt Garry was unable to speak for himself or understand the plans she had written for speeches at various Democratic clubs.
“I was brought in as a campaign manager to manage this whole campaign,” Gingrich-Goetz said. “I was never allowed to do this.”
Patricia Garry gave a different account. She said she did not restrict access to her son, nor did campaign staff force campaign staff to record bathroom breaks.
She said she had played an increasingly important role in her son’s campaign because Gingrich-Goetz was not doing the job. She is now managing her son’s campaign.
“I was just trying to get her to do the job the campaign wanted to do,” Patricia Garry told The Enquirer. “I said I was talking to you because Brian wanted me to talk to you to clear things up.” Brian didn’t want to talk to her anymore because she wasn’t paying attention.
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Gingrich-Goetz said she spends 50 to 60 hours a week on the campaign for $ 2,000 a month.
In May, after the Democratic Party gave its backing, Gingrich-Goetz said she had had enough. She came to the conclusion that she didn’t think Garry could work with other people on city council.
Why come forward now? She wanted to set the record straight. She said she felt guilty for asking the Cincinnati Democratic Committee to back Garry.
Garry sought approval from the Cincinnati Democratic Committee, and although some defended it, he was not on the final list of nine approved candidates.
Gingrich-Goetz said Garry had her listed as a campaign manager on her site until September. She said she couldn’t “in good conscience” let the community think she was supporting Garry for the “when I saw the dark side working for him” advice.
Garry: “I care about her”
Garry said he was disappointed with the post.
“I care about her,” he told The Enquirer. “I wish there weren’t any intractable personality differences between her and the other staff. I really tried to work out the differences, but in the end we couldn’t resolve them. was struggling in her position with what appeared to be personal issues. She requested time off to resolve this issue. I gave this to her. But what I didn’t hear from her for a while, I did. had no choice but to fill the post. “
He said he had never observed anything of what she described in her Facebook post.
“The backbone of my campaign is to treat people fairly,” Garry said.
Garry ran for the board in 2017, but lost with a 17th place out of nine selected. He also ran unsuccessfully in 2009, 2007 and 2003.
Since 2017, Garry has continued his neighborhood activism, including speaking out on behalf of West End residents displaced by the FC Cincinnati stadium.