Finney Apologizes in Public, Yuks It Up Behind the Scenes

Christopher Finney, an arch-conservative attorney who is political mentor to Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich, issued a “heartfelt apology” Thursday for his profanity-laced outburst against Heimlich’s opponent. But is the hot-tempered Finney singing a different tune to supporters behind the scenes?

As Finney expressed his regrets to Democratic candidate David Pepper and a Pepper staffer for interrupting a Pepper press conference earlier in the week, Heimlich called both Finney and Pepper “immature” about the incident. Referring to Pepper, Heimlich said, “It was wrong for Pepper to start this fight, to pick on somebody who wasn’t campaigning.”

The facts, however, don’t support Heimlich’s statement.

Finney has aggressively campaigned for Heimlich’s re-election and passage of a county sales tax hike proposed by Heimlich to pay for a new jail. On the same day that Heimlich said Finney “wasn’t campaigning,” a meet and greet event for Heimlich was held at an Anderson Township steakhouse that was organized by Finney.

Finney sent an e-mail invitation to the event in August. In the e-mail, Finney called Pepper “pathetic” and wrote that he needed help in the campaign “against liberal, pro-wasteful spending Democrat David Pepper.”

This week, Finney triggered a public backlash after he yelled at Pepper and a staffer during a press conference. Among other slurs, the GOP activist called Pepper “a little rich fucking asshole who’s never had to work a day in his life.” Finney was angry that Pepper criticized Heimlich’s habit of appointing his friends and campaign contributors to county task forces that help shape major policies. Finney, for example, is on the Tax Levy Review Committee and the panel that overhauled the Drake Center’s operations.

Meanwhile, on the same day that Finney called Pepper and his press secretary, Bridget Doherty, to apologize, The Whistleblower online political gossip newsletter touted Finney’s outburst under the headline, “Finney shoves Pepper’s silver spoon up Pepper’s ass.” Two of the newsletter’s most frequent sources are Finney and State Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Mount Lookout), who co-founded an anti-tax group.

Also, a mock blog on a Web site entitled “Pinch of Pepper” that’s written by a Heimlich supporter posing as Pepper himself and often engages in sophomoric humor had a blow-by-blow account of Finney’s tirade at Pepper’s event. The blog entry was posted at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday, just hours after the incident, and includes details that could only have come from someone present at the outburst. The same Web site often engages in gay-baiting, name-calling and misogynistic humor and once mocked Commissioner Todd Portune for being disabled.

Finney’s tirade prompted Hyde Park resident Richard Brockelmann to send an open letter to Heimlich demanding he publicly condemn Finney’s actions. The letter stated, “As a tax-paying Hamilton County resident and homeowner, I am outraged at yesterday’s antics of your friend, business partner and adviser, Chris Finney. … I ask you commissioner, were Mr. Finney’s actions those of a Christian, a gentleman, or a rational, mature adult?”

County officials also have received other e-mails asking for Finney’s removal from all county boards and panels.

Heimlich addressed the incident today during an online chat moderated by The Cincinnati Enquirer. When asked about the outburst, Heimlich replied, “You’ll have to ask Chris Finney why he was there. I told him I was disappointed in him and his behavior was inappropriate.”

— Kevin Osborne

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2 Comments on “Finney Apologizes in Public, Yuks It Up Behind the Scenes”

  1. The Dean Says:

    The Pinch of Pepper blog was founded one day after I posted our first video of me chasing down Phil Heimlich. The first question was about Three Centurions.

    The next day, enter Pinch of Pepper and Spleen of Cincinnati. The Spleen blog has since been deleted. But even that timing is suspect. In the video, I mentioned “dishonest campaigning against David Pepper,” and one day later there are two fake blogs…

  2. How about that Coast site, huh.

    They claim to have a chapter in a fair field, but, they don’t believe in full disclosure.

    You see that web-site in the fair field leads to nowhere, just like coast.

    I wonder why they felt they had to conceal who the owner of the domain name is ?

    Domain Name: CARE45014.NET
    Whois Server:
    Referral URL:
    Name Server: NS-1.PARKINGWAY.NET
    Name Server: NS-2.PARKINGWAY.NET
    Name Server: NS-3.PARKINGWAY.NET
    Status: ACTIVE
    Updated Date: 18-oct-2006
    Creation Date: 18-oct-2006
    Expiration Date: 18-oct-2007

    Domain ID:D90369153-LROR
    Domain Name:GOCOAST.ORG
    Created On:17-Sep-2002 21:41:44 UTC
    Last Updated On:14-Sep-2006 03:10:15 UTC
    Expiration Date:17-Sep-2007 21:42:55 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:Tucows Inc. (R11-LROR)
    Registrant ID:tukrrMtlcHWDZ7l5
    Registrant Name:Jim Urling
    Registrant Organization:COAST
    Registrant Street1:3814 Isabella Avenue
    Registrant Street2:
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Cincinnati
    Registrant State/Province:OH
    Registrant Postal Code:45209
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.5133510093
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Admin ID:tuVrESnDEzn0evGP
    Admin Name:Jim Urling
    Admin Organization:COAST
    Admin Street1:3814 Isabella Avenue
    Admin Street2:
    Admin Street3:
    Admin City:Cincinnati
    Admin State/Province:OH
    Admin Postal Code:45209
    Admin Country:US
    Admin Phone:+1.5133510093
    Admin Phone Ext.:
    Admin FAX:
    Admin FAX Ext.:
    Tech ID:tumvOZ8q24uavxgw
    Tech Name:DNS Manager
    Tech Organization:Mark 3 Networks, Inc.
    Tech Street1:9776 Inter Ocean Dr.
    Tech Street2:
    Tech Street3:
    Tech City:Cincinnati
    Tech State/Province:OH
    Tech Postal Code:45246
    Tech Country:US
    Tech Phone:+1.8004488342
    Tech Phone Ext.:
    Tech FAX:
    Tech FAX Ext.:
    Name Server:NS1.MARK3.NET
    Name Server:NS2.MARK3.NET
    Name Server:NS3.MARK3.NET

    Mark 3 Networks, Inc.
    9776 Inter Ocean Dr.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

    Domain name: MARK3.NET

    Administrative Contact:
    Manager, DNS
    9776 Inter Ocean Dr.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
    Technical Contact:
    Manager, DNS
    9776 Inter Ocean Dr.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

    Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
    Record last updated on 09-Oct-2006.
    Record expires on 18-Aug-2007.
    Record created on 19-Aug-1998.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    I wonder if Mark Haverkos receives any mechanical contracts from the county ?

    ACFB, Inc. didn’t hindlick claim some investments in that company ?

    Could that be the same fairfield that fell for plan Ali, code named “rope a dope”. Where all those wRong wingnuts fled, leaving a trail of IP addresses.

    IP Address Posted !

    hey maybe they could all meet in suite b on guest street utilizing their novell communications ?

    Or maybe they could meet in fairfield where the owner of that fake GOP domain owner attempts to host all those unlawful, deceiving and misleading press releases that mad brad posts with the 2.00 tax arrearages he collects ?

    Domain ID:D105773637-LROR
    Created On:22-Feb-2005 17:21:57 UTC
    Last Updated On:24-Apr-2005 03:50:12 UTC
    Expiration Date:22-Feb-2010 17:21:57 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions LLC (R63-LROR)
    Registrant ID:29770526-NSI
    Registrant Name:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Registrant Organization:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Registrant Street1:5260 S Gilmore Rd
    Registrant Street2:
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Fairfield
    Registrant State/Province:OH
    Registrant Postal Code:45014
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.5139427869
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:+1.1231231234
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Admin ID:29770526-NSI
    Admin Name:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Admin Organization:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Admin Street1:5260 S Gilmore Rd
    Admin Street2:
    Admin Street3:
    Admin City:Fairfield
    Admin State/Province:OH
    Admin Postal Code:45014
    Admin Country:US
    Admin Phone:+1.5139427869
    Admin Phone Ext.:
    Admin FAX:+1.1231231234
    Admin FAX Ext.:
    Tech ID:29770526-NSI
    Tech Name:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Tech Organization:IndependentComputingGroup, L.P.
    Tech Street1:5260 S Gilmore Rd
    Tech Street2:
    Tech Street3:
    Tech City:Fairfield
    Tech State/Province:OH
    Tech Postal Code:45014
    Tech Country:US
    Tech Phone:+1.5139427869
    Tech Phone Ext.:
    Tech FAX:+1.1231231234
    Tech FAX Ext.:
    Name Server:NS1.DEXAWEB.COM
    Name Server:NS2.DEXAWEB.COM

    I Dare you to Mark your calendar for a different seasuns.

    I think they bestel ?

    Don’t Petts on it !

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