After Yearlong Refusal To Fully Disclose Resumes For Political Cronies, Other Hires, Josh Mandel Claims His Office Doesn’t Have Them

Mandel Spokesman Asking Us To Believe 34 Staffers In Question Have No Resumes On File, Were Awarded Taxpayer-Funded Salaries Without Treasurer’s Office Hiring Them

Without Reviewing Resumes, How Did Josh Mandel Ensure He Had Hired “Qualified Financial Professionals Rather Than Political Cronies And Friends?”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – After refusing for more than a year to fully disclose Treasurer’s office resumes for Josh Mandel’s political cronies and other hires, Mandel’s office now has a new response for his refusal to hand over the 34 resumes still in question. They don’t have them. Seriously.

That’s right. The guy who campaigned furiously against cronyism, promised to hire qualified professionals, then hired political cronies and friends, can’t account for resumes from nearly half the staffers he hired.

The Toledo Blade reported:

“We have given the Ohio Democratic Party every resume that they have requested which the Treasurer’s office has in its records. The resumes of individuals who applied, interviewed, and were hired prior to the Treasurer taking office were never brought into office. The Treasurer’s office is unable to produce records that it does not have in its possession,” Mr. Unger said in an email to The Blade.

Mr. Unger was not able to say whether the documents exist in some private office or were never collected in the first place.

Seth Unger’s response on behalf of his absentee boss raises far more questions than it answers.

  1. Why did it take Josh Mandel more than a year to reveal that his office can’t account for 34 staff resumes?
  2. Where are the resumes for 10 staffers Josh hired after his swearing in, that have still not been disclosed?
  3. Why won’t Josh Mandel state directly whether or not the 34 staffers in question ever had to submit resumes or undergo a standard hiring process before he offered them taxpayer-funded jobs?
  4. If the Treasurer’s office is being truthful, why didn’t the resumes of staffers who were supposedly interviewed and hired before Josh took office immediately become public record upon Mandel’s swearing in, as they did after Governor Kasich’s?

“Either the resumes for 34 staffers Josh Mandel hired exist, somewhere, and he’s deliberately withholding them, or worse, they do not exist, which means Mandel forewent a standard hiring process and carelessly awarded taxpayer-funded salaries to nearly half his employees without ever seeing their resumes,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “Until Josh finally comes clean by either revealing the resumes of 34 staffers he hired, or admitting he never reviewed their qualifications before awarding them with taxpayer-funded jobs, Ohioans will wonder just how deep cronyism runs in the Treasurer’s office as Mandel continues to prove he’s just another politician who can’t be trusted.”

BACKGROUND

Ohio Democrats Filed Their 8th Public Records Request For The Resumes Of Staffers Hired By Josh Mandel.  In May 2012, The Huffington Post wrote “On the same day that reports surfaced that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) does not have the resumes for 34 staff members he appointed, state Democrats filed their eighth request for the documents.”  [Huffington Post, 5/3/12]

Governor-Elect Kasich Received Resumes Through His Transition Fund But Admitted That, Once He Takes Office, His Transition Group Will Have To Turn Over The Information.  In December 2010, The Daily Record reported “When you join the ranks of public employees and are getting paid from the public coffers, you open yourself to more public scrutiny. At least you should be.  That’s not the case, for the moment, with individuals submitting resumes to Gov.-elect John Kasich. Applications are flowing through his administration’s transition group, a separate entity he argues is private and not subject to the state’s public records laws.”  The Record continued, “Kasich has admitted that, once he takes office, his transition group will have to turn over the information.”  [Daily Record, 12/6/10]

Gov.-Elect Kasich:  “It’s Clear To Me That Come Jan. 10, Unless There’s Some Legal Way In Which I Can Do This, These Documents Will Have To Be Made Public.”  In December 2010, The Daily Record reported “Kasich’s coming administration is accepting applications through its transition website (www.fixohionow.com), a separate entity that is receiving contributions to cover his inauguration and other costs associated with his move into the governor’s office.”  The Record continued, “Kasich said hiring won’t be completed when he takes office in January, however. So applications and other information submitted by job seekers will have to be released after his inauguration.  ‘It’s clear to me that come Jan. 10, unless there’s some legal way in which I can do this, these documents will have to be made public,’ he said.”  [Daily Record, 12/2/10]

Kasich’s Lawyers Told Him All Resumes Would Become Public Record After He Was Sworn In As Governor.  In December 2010, The Associated Press reported “Ohio’s incoming governor says information on people applying for jobs with his administration will be released once he takes office.  Republican John Kasich (KAY’-sik) told reporters on Tuesday that after meeting with attorneys he concluded he can’t win a battle to keep the names and resumes private. Kasich says he felt strongly about trying to protect the identities of applicants because he didn’t want them to get in trouble with their current employers. The governor-elect says he has been ‘mystified’ and ‘shocked’ by criticism over his preference to keep the information secret. Kasich says the lawyers told him the resumes will become public record when he’s sworn in as governor on Jan. 10.”  [Associated Press State & Local Wire, 12/1/10]

May 3, 2012:  Mandel Spokesman Admitted His Office Does Not Have Resumes For 34 Of Its Employees.  In May 2012, The Toledo Blade reported “A spokesman for Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Wednesday said his office doesn’t have resumes for 34 of its employees, a little over a year after the Democratic Party said it asked for the employee resumes.”  [Toledo Blade, 5/3/12]

  • Mandel’s Press Secretary “Was Not Able To Say Whether The Documents Exist In Some Private Office Or Were Never Collected In The First Place.”  In May 2012, The Toledo Blade reported that Seth Unger, press secretary for Josh Mandel, “was not able to say whether the documents exist in some private office or were never collected in the first place.”  [Toledo Blade, 5/3/12]

Mandel Press Secretary: Hires Were Made Prior To Mandel Taking Office.  In May 2012, The Toledo Blade wrote “Seth Unger, press secretary for Mr. Mandel, told The Blade Wednesday that the treasurer’s office doesn’t possess the documents that had been requested.  ‘We have given the Ohio Democratic Party every resume that they have requested which the Treasurer’s office has in its records. The resumes of individuals who applied, interviewed, and were hired prior to the Treasurer taking office were never brought into office. The Treasurer’s office is unable to produce records that it does not have in its possession,’ Mr. Unger said in an email to The Blade.”  [Toledo Blade, 5/3/12]

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