Mandel Defiantly Says “Financial Ranking” Claim is “100 percent accurate”

100% of objective fact checkers said it is false

COLUMBUS – Today, during the editorial board interview for Gannett newspapers, State Treasurer Josh Mandel was asked about claims in the candidate’s ads including Mandel’s repeated claim that under his watch Ohio’s financial rankings have improved from 43rd to 7th in the nation.  According to the editor of the Chillicothe Gazette conducting the interview, Mandel said “Our statements about increasing financial rankings are ‘100 percent accurate.’”

Ohio Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brian Hester released the following statement in response:

“Yet again, Josh Mandel goes out of his way to highlight why independent fact checkers call him the “Pants on Fire” champion.  There’s a reason neither Governor Kasich nor a single Republican incumbent in the Ohio House or Senate have also made this claim: it is completely and utterly false as every independent fact checker has concluded.  By continuing to repeat this obvious lie, Mandel calls into question his competency and fitness to serve in office.”


“Campaign attacks give Josh Mandel Pants on Fire crown” As noted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “the free-swinging strategy has made Mandel the Pants on Fire leader of PolitiFact Ohio.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 06/29/2012]

Mandel caught repeating claims discredited by multiple fact-checkers.   

Plain Dealer: Mandel embellishment of increasing financial rankings was “misleadingly padding his resume.”  In a recent fact-check of Josh Mandel’s TV ad, “Strong Finances”, the Plain Dealer wrote that the ad claims Ohio’s finances ranked 43rd in the nation in 2010 and are now seventh best. The Plain Dealer concluded that the two studies were not an “apples to apples” comparison, and neither study was of factors that the State Treasurer can influence.    The Plain Dealer said Mandel was, at worst, “unnecessarily and misleadingly padding his resume.”  [Source:  Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/9/2014), “Josh Mandel's accomplishments embellished in TV ad: Truth in Numbers.”]

Columbus Dispatch: “Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel’s new TV campaign ad is breathtaking in its audacity.”  The Columbus Dispatch noted that the claim is based on two unrelated studies that looked at different factors in different years.  The Dispatch concluded that the ad making the claim “harkens back to Mandel’s 2012 campaign, in which he was nailed repeatedly for questionable assertions … in campaign ads.” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (10/16/2014), “Fact-checking Josh Mandel's new campaign ad.”]

WBNS:  Mandel financial ranking claims based on studies that don’t cite anything Mandel has done in office.  WBNS in found that Mandel’s claim was “not accurate” as the study did not cite anything related to Mandel’s office as a factor in its rankings.  [Source: WBNS (10/7/2014).]

Plain Dealer: “Josh Mandel’s new ad . . . repeats misleading claim.” The Plain Dealer noted that Mandel’s latest ad, “Clear Choice,” “ends with a claim determined faulty by Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Truth in Numbers panel and other news organizations” when it concludes with the same financial ranking claim his other ads have used.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/24/2014), “Josh Mandel’s new ad hits Connie Pillich on taxes, repeats misleading claim.”

Ohio Legislators Stand with Nina Turner

Husted slinging mud to distract from record, real issues

COLUMBUS—Today, a trio of state legislators and colleagues of State Senator Nina Turner, Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State, spoke out against Jon Husted’s attack ad which began airing at the beginning of the week. The ad features photos of Senator Turner with female legislators and a group of African- American schoolgirls while distorting facts about a period of financial difficulty for Turner, distorting the votes of the featured legislators and one of Turner’s votes in the Ohio Senate.

In response to the ad, Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), and Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement:

“We are always proud to stand with Nina Turner, because we know she stands with us and hard working Ohio families every day. She is not only our friend and colleague, but a woman we know stands up for the right thing no matter the cost. Even though a photo of us is featured in her opponent’s attack ad, we stand proudly with Turner, condemn this shameful commercial, and call on Jon Husted to remove this insult to women and girls.

“We are dismayed and appalled at the sexist, racist tenor of this recent attack ad in which Jon Husted slings mud to distract from his history of ethical missteps and failed policies. He knows he can’t win by talking about his record because it is indefensible.

“Ohioans deserve a Secretary of State who is willing to talk about the issues, and get to work solving real problems instead of using distortions of fear and hiding behind smoke and mirrors.”


Jon Husted’s attack ad makes several claims about Sen. Turner that are sorely lacking in context.

CLAIM: Nina Turner voted against cutting taxes but didn’t pay hers.

FACT: Senator Turner voted against GOP budgets that gave tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of Ohio’s children and prevented women from making their own decisions about their health. [Source: “Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget.” The Daily Record. 9 June 2011. Accessed: 10/20/14]

FACT: Jon Husted voted to cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of Ohio’s future. From 2005 (when the tax cut was passed) to 2013, Ohio saw a 4.4 percent decline in employment and 238,000 jobs lost, compared to a 1.2 percent increase for the rest of the nation. [Source:  “Empty Promises.” Policy Matters Ohio. April 2013. Accessed: 10/20/14]

FACT: Nina Turner has acknowledged that like many Ohioans, she struggled and persevered through financial difficulties. During the same time period, Jon Husted was busy taking a corporate jet to a football game courtesy of NCR, a company that later shut its doors in Ohio and moved 1,200 jobs to Georgia, and taking fishing trips with lobbyists that had concerns about items in the budget. [Source: “Nina Turner on Ohio’s ‘South,’ on Jon Husted and on running for mayor of Cleveland: Q&A.” Cleveland Plain Dealer. 23 July 2014. Accessed: 10/20/14]

CLAIM: As a landlord, she had multiple housing code citations, including not removing raw sewage from the basement.

FACT:  These cases involved tenants of Nina Turner, and she took care of the matter once hearing about it. In fact, these cases were voluntarily dismissed by the Cleveland city prosecutor without any charges ever being filed because she rectified the problems. [Source: Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk of Courts online case information. Cases 2003 CRB 006755 and 2003 CRB 024539.]

CLAIM: Worst of all, Nina Turner voted against a ban of our kids texting and driving.

FACT: Nina Turner voted against the bill because it encourages racial profiling and is difficult to enforce due to its many exemptions. She specifically mentioned on the Senate floor that the bill could result in more racial profiling. [Source: “Proposed texting ban restricts younger drivers.” Springfield News Sun. 3 May 2012. Accessed: 10/20/14.]

In Last Ranking Before Election Day, Ohio Drops to 45th in Job Growth under Kasich

COLUMBUS As Kasich touted his economic record this morning with the Regional Carpenters Association, the Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business updated its nonpartisan job growth ranking, showing Ohio has dropped to 45th in the country for job growth for the past twelve-month period.

In response to Ohio being ranked 45th in the Arizona State University job creation ranking, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Governor Kasich has failed on his campaign promise that under his leadership, Ohio would lead the country in creating jobs. Since he was elected, Ohio’s job creation has plummeted, and we’re ranked at the bottom at 45th in the country. Since January, we’ve lost 6,600 construction jobs, and have less of those jobs than we did one year ago. We have all the proof we need that John Kasich’s policies have hurt Ohio’s middle class families.”


When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 45th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.    Now, Ohio is ranked 45th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.60%), which is less than a third of the national rate of job growth (1.96%). [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website 12-month change (accessed 10/22/2014)]

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

Even the Kasich Administration admits that Ohio’s job creation rate is substantially the lowest of any State in the region for the past year.  Ohio’s job creation rate for the past twelve months is half of West Virginia’s and nearly a third of Kentucky’s or Michigan’s, according to the Governor’s Office of Budget and Management.  [Source: Ohio Office of Budget & Management, September Monthly Financial Report, pg. 4]

Since January, Ohio’s lost 6,600 construction jobs and has fewer construction jobs than it did at this point a year ago.  [Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted construction sector figures (access 10/22/2014)]

When adjusted for inflation, Ohio incomes fell the last three quarters of 2013.  According to a U.S. Department of Labor report, the “average wage fell by more than one percentage point” in the fourth quarter of 2013 after falling the second and third quarter.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”] 

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 78,780.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 78,780 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In 2014 so far alone, over 31,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 10/22/2014)]

Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 than it did in 2010.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8% in 2013.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (6/11/2014).]

Last year, thirty other States had stronger personal income growth than Ohio.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio ranked 31st in the nation, trailing the national average, in personal income growth.  Ohio also ranked 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.  [U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (3/25/2014).]

In Light of New Harassment Case, Democratic Women Renew Demand For Independent Investigation of DeWine’s Office

COLUMBUS – Today, Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, reiterated demands for an independent investigation into Mike DeWine’s handling of harassment cases in his office. In a new case uncovered this week, an attorney repeatedly threatened a legal secretary with physical violence. Previously, ODWC members demanded an independent investigation into a mishandled claim of sexual harassment of a female intern. In response to this latest revelation, ODWC Chairwoman Kathy DiCristofaro released the following statement:

“There’s a culture of harassment in the Attorney General’s office, and Mike DeWine is doing next to nothing about it. We now have a second case involving senior DeWine aides where key people ultimately were not punished. Women – and all Ohioans – deserve an independent investigation of these incidents and DeWine’s process for handling them.”


On Thursday, the Associated Press uncovered that an attorney in DeWine’s Employment Law section had repeatedly threatened a legal secretary with violence, making comments such as “You know you will do your job or you will be smacked,” and “You know there is nothing more fun than smacking a woman — that is, except for punching them.”

The attorney was disciplined, but remains an employee of the office.

Timothy Lecklider, a senior DeWine aide and section chief, was aware of the incidents. An internal investigation found that Lecklider failed to report them, which was a violation of office policy. In an unusual move, Lecklider’s case reinvestigated and the original finding was overturned. This was the first time in at least five years such a finding was overturned in a harassment case.

Lecklider is a longtime Republican officeholder in Dublin, Ohio, where he currently serves as a member of city council.

DeWine’s office botched a prior sexual harassment case. An intern alleged that a senior male employee who was a close, personal friend DeWine behaved inappropriately towards her. Despite his alleged close ties to the harasser, DeWine personally interfered with the investigation and demanded the name of a witness who had been promised confidentiality. Shortly thereafter, the investigation was closed without identifying the harasser.

To Make Case For Re-Election, Newest Mandel Ad Cites Plain Dealer Endorsement of Connie Pillich

COLUMBUS – Today, Josh Mandel’s re-election campaign released its latest TV ad.  In asking for Ohio’s vote for re-election, the Pants on Fire champion has actually managed to break new ground: he cites the Plain Dealer’s endorsement of Connie Pillich for Ohio Treasurer.

Ohio Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brian Hester released the following statement in response:

“Yet again Josh Mandel goes out of his way to highlight why independent fact checkers call him the “Pants on Fire” champion.  Apparently Mandel didn’t realize the Plain Dealer endorsed Connie Pillich for Treasurer.  He must have also missed the times the paper said his decisions ‘smell of self-promotion’ or go ‘beyond typical political whoring’, too.  Today’s ad is another example of why the Cincinnati Enquirer called him ‘the worst kind of politician’.  Regardless, we appreciate his decision to highlight that independent observers recommend choosing Connie this November.”


“Campaign attacks give Josh Mandel Pants on Fire crown” As noted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “the free-swinging strategy has made Mandel the Pants on Fire leader of PolitiFact Ohio.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 06/29/2012]

Josh Mandel Lying to Get Elected As explained on NBC 4, “Republican Josh Mandel is being roundly criticized these days by newspaper columnists and editorial boards for wallowing in the mud and running a smarmy campaign.  But Mandel’s campaign drumbeat shows no sign of change, and the candidate is pressing on with claims against his opponent that some of found to be untrue.” [NBC 4, 06/19/2012]

Again, Mandel caught repeating claims discredited by multiple fact-checkers.    In a recent fact-check of Josh Mandel’s TV ad, “Strong Finances”, the Plain Dealer wrote that the ad claims Ohio’s finances ranked 43rd in the nation in 2010 and are now seventh best. ThePlain Dealer concluded that the two studies were not an “apples to apples” comparison, and neither study was of factors that the State Treasurer can influence.    The Plain Dealer said Mandel was, at worst, “unnecessarily and misleadingly padding his resume.”  [Source:  Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/9/2014), “Josh Mandel's accomplishments embellished in TV ad: Truth in Numbers.”]

WBNS in Columbus also found that Mandel’s claim was “not accurate” as the study did not cite anything related to Mandel’s office as a factor in its rankings.  [Source: WBNS (10/7/2014).]

John Kasich’s Policies Bad Medicine for Ohio Women

New ad deceives on Kasich’s record of attacking women’s health

COLUMBUS- This morning, the Kasich-Taylor campaign released an ad featuring Dr. Alice Epitropoulos, in which she claimed that the Kasich Administration’s policies were favorable to women’s health, completely misleading on Kasich’s awful record on women’s issues that has received national attention throughout his first term.  What the Kasich campaign did not disclose in its ad was that, regardless of the stethoscope she is wearing, Dr. Epitropoulos is not a general practitioner, nor does she practice women’s health. Instead, she is a registered Republican, a Kasich contributor, and an eye surgeon.

Dr. Epitropoulos donated to Kasich’s campaign in 2010 after the Strickland Administration liquidated the health insurance company she was running because it was financially insolvent. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/21/2009), “Physicians' Assurance Corp. liquidated”; Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Database Website (accessed 10/14/2014), Dr. Alice Epitropoulos donation to Kasich Taylor for Ohio on 5/18/2010]

In response to Governor Kasich’s misleading ad on his record on women’s health issues, Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Meredith Tucker released the following statement:

“In just his first term, Governor Kasich packed the State Medical Board with anti-choice leaders, fought in federal court to block women from getting insurance coverage for contraceptive care, placed a gag order on rape crisis centers, blocked public hospitals from arranging required transfer agreements with women’s health clinics, and made it harder for Planned Parenthood, the most successful organization that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, from getting state funding. Regardless of Kasich’s misleading ad, Ohioans are well aware that 100,000 women who now have access to health care in Ohio is due to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a law that Governor Kasich adamantly opposed during his 2010 campaign. ”


Reuters: Kasich Budget “Allows Public Funding For Rape Crisis Clinics To Be Suspended If They Counsel Victims On Abortion Options” According to Reuters “The provision effectively strips funding from Planned Parenthood, blocks public hospitals from arranging transfer agreements with abortion clinics and requires abortion providers to provide ultra sounds on women seeking abortions.  It also allows public funding for rape crisis clinics to be suspended if they counsel victims on abortion options.” [Reuters, 6/30/13]

Cincinnati Rape Crisis Center Founder: “Passage Of Budget Shows That Legislators Don’t Care About Women Or Children.”  According to Jill W. Bley, founder of Women Helping Women/ Cincinnati Rape Crisis Center, in an article appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Their (Ohio Republicans) action trampled on the First Amendment freedom of speech by threatening to take away state funding if a rape-crisis advocate mentions abortion to a woman.  The “budget” requires a woman to have an ultrasound… defunds Planned Parenthood for non-abortion-related family-planning money; and bars public hospitals from having transfer agreements with abortion clinics, forcing the clinics to try to make agreements with private hospitals. Most private hospitals are owned by religious organizations opposed to abortions.  They are trying to get rid of Planned Parenthood, which provides family-planning information and contraceptives to everyone. Family planning dramatically reduces the number of abortions.  They claim that they want to reduce spending, but they are requiring an ultrasound, an unnecessary medical procedure that someone has to pay for. They claim that they are not waging a war on women, but they deny them their right to choose and their right to safe medical care and treat women as if they are naïve children by forcing them to have an ultrasound, for which there is no medical reason. They lie about scientific evidence concerning women, which has been a method used to support their religious and anti-woman beliefs for decades. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/12/13]

Abortion clinics struggling to stay open under new rules, even in Ohio’s large cities, advocate says: Both cases are related to a requirement that all ambulatory surgical centers in Ohio — regardless of what procedures they provide — have a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital in the event complications arise. An ambulatory center may also apply for a waiver, but must get its alternative plan approved by the state Health Department. But the rules for abortion clinics changed in 2013 with passage of the state budget bill. Included in that bill was language forbidding public hospitals from entering into transfer agreements with abortion clinics. [Plain Dealer, 8/15/2014]

Governor’s Funding Cuts Make It Harder For Poor Women To Receive Basic Health Services: “One provision shoehorned into the budget pushes Planned Parenthood to the back of the line for state money for preventative health grants, behind local public health departments that often don’t have the same expertise or experience in providing breast and cervical screenings and reproductive care. This will make it harder for women, especially poorer women, to receive basic health services.” [The Plain Dealer, 7/13/13]

Doctors Say Kasich is Making it Harder to Give Their Best Medical Advice to Expectant Mothers: “Some doctors say new laws limiting abortions in Ohio are interfering with the care they give women facing heartbreaking circumstances. Even those who oppose abortion say that before giving their best medical advice, they may need to call a lawyer…’Doctors can’t give their best advice in some situations because of possible repercussions of the law,’ Dr. Phil Cass, chief executive officer of the Columbus Medical Association,” [Columbus Dispatch, 2/9/2014]

  • And Even Pro-Life Doctors Agree: “..doctors — even those who personally oppose abortion — now feel they must consult a lawyer before dispensing medical advice to their patients….’Nobody likes to end a pregnancy for a fetal problem,’ [Dr.] Melillo said. ‘But it’s worse to leave a patient without medical care because doctors are afraid of violating the law.'” [Salon, 2/21/2014]

Kasich Has Failed to Promote Medicaid Expansion: Ohio’s Department of Job and Family services still doesn’t promote expanded Medicaid eligibility requirements on their websites, which would make health care coverage available to thousands of an Ohioans. [ODJFS Website]

Kasich’s most recent biennium budget contained “the most onerous restrictions on reproductive rights in the country.”  The new budget “plays politics with Ohio women’s freedom and health by effectively forcing clinics that perform abortions to close, and by denying public money to rape crisis centers that counsel sex-assault victims about abortion.

“The budget relegates Planned Parenthood, which provides the only health care that many Ohio women get, to the back of the line for federal funding of family planning services. The medical experts in the legislature declare in the budget that a fetus develops “from the moment of conception” and dictate to doctors, under penalty of prosecution, how they must treat pregnant patients.”  [Source: Toledo Blade editorial (7/7/2013), “Statehouse gang throws Ohio in reverse.”]

Kasich appoint members of Ohio Right to Life to the State Medical Board. A guest columnist highlighted how “Gov. John Kasich is undermining the medical board and the medical profession in two troubling ways” with the State budget and a trio of appointments to the State Medical Board.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (12/21/2013), “Gov. Kasich undermines State Medical Board with pro-life appointments.”]

Kasich’s additional funding for cervical and breast cancer screening estimated to generate only about $600,000 a year.  HB 112, which Kasich signed into law back in July 2013, allows taxpayers to donate a part of their refund to fund screenings with the State matching the donation. “The [Ohio income tax return] check-off is expected to generate more than $150,000 for screenings, and Kasich announced that the state would provide a three-to-one match for contributions, up to $1 million.”  With the State match, that would mean HB 112 is expected to raise $600,000.  [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (10/26/2013), “Kasich touts new funding for breast, cervical cancer screenings.”]

The 100,000 Ohio women who have gotten health insurance who previously lacked it is due to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid and virtually all of the funding for it comes from the federal government.  “More than 153,000 Ohio women between the ages of 19 and 44 could gain health insurance coverage if Ohio expands the Medicaid program under health reform.” [Source: Policy Matters Ohio (5/2013), “Mothers and Medicaid.”]

Before taking office, Governor-elect John Kasich said “ObamaCare must be blocked.”  In November 2010, then Governor-elect John Kasich signed a Tea Party supported State constitutional amendment to try to block the Affordable Care Act.  In touting his support, Governor-elect Kasich said: “Obamacare must be blocked … Ohioans deserve a solution to health care that doesn’t bring more big government.” [Source: Hocking Hills Tea Party Website (11/9/2010), “Governor-elect, John Kasich Signs the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment.”]

Ohio women reportedly earn 77 cents for every dollar a male earns in the State.  “In Ohio, a woman who holds a full-time job is paid, on average, $35,984 per year while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $46,789 per year. This means that women in Ohio are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly wage gap of $10,805 between men and women who work full time in the state.” [Source: National Partnership for Women & Families Fact Sheet (4/2014), “Ohio Women and the Wage Gap.”]

In 2009, the Strickland Administration liquidated Dr. Epitropoulos health insurance company due to its poor finances.  The Ohio Department of Insurance successfully sued The Physicians Assurance Corporation in Franklin County Common Pleas Court and obtain an order for its liquidation due to its poor finances. [Source: Ohio Department of Insurance Fact Sheet (8/26/2009).]  The failure of the insurance company left 350 central Ohio employers scrambling to find new health insurance carriers.  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/21/2009), “Physicians' Assurance Corp. liquidated”]  The roughly 100 investors in the failed insurance company, mostly physicians, lost an estimated $5.6 million in the venture. [Source: Columbus Business First (8/24/2009)]

Husted Using Office to Assist Campaign

Husted borrows from Mandel playbook

COLUMBUS- After putting his name four times on absentee ballot mailings mailed to most Ohio registered voters and sending unsolicited mass emails touting last-minute, election-year improvements to the online business services, Husted has ordered every county Board of Elections to display posters in every polling location which prominently feature Husted’s name.   Reportedly, Husted’s office is even refusing requests by Board of Elections to allow his name to be covered up in polling locations to avoid the appearance of electioneering while he is on the ballot.

In response to Husted’s use of the office to assist his campaign, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“While making it harder to vote this year, Jon Husted has made it easier for him to cheat by abusing his office to campaign in polling places.  Jon Husted is abusing his office by forcing Board of Elections to allow him to electioneer at a polling place.  There is no valid official reason for every voter to be forced to see Husted’s name at a polling place except to help his campaign. ”

Yost Campaign Files Yet Another Bogus Complaint

Yost Threatens to Take FCC Licenses over Critical Ad

COLUMBUS- Late Thursday, the Yost campaign attempted to threaten Ohio television stations’ FCC broadcasting licenses for airing a Carney for Ohio ad criticizing Yost for signing a contract to provide $7 per cup of coffee for coffee breaks at a waste and fraud conference.  To date, no television station has pulled the ads from broadcast.  This morning, the Ohio Democratic Party released a web video “We’re Not Buying It” which highlights Yost’s hypocrisy in his ad and his campaign’s response to John Patrick Carney’s campaign ad.

Last Friday, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging, under oath, that John Patrick Carney’s campaign for State Auditor was using the wrong disclaimer in the Carney campaign’s first paid television ad highlighting Carney’s record of bipartisan leadership in Ohio. However, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, the entire complaint was due to the failure of Secretary of State’s office to update its online campaign finance database of a filing Carney’s campaign filed over a year ago.

Despite the fact that ORP’s complaint has been proven to be entirely baseless, the Ohio Elections Commission confirmed that as of 10:00 a.m. Friday, the Ohio Republican Party still has yet to withdraw the complaint.

In response to the latest false complaint pushed by Republican Dave Yost and the Ohio Republican Party, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Dave Yost is a self-proclaimed ‘lightweight’ when it comes to standing up to his Republican Party bosses, which is why he refused to do a financial audit of JobsOhio, and failed to prevent horribly gerrymandered districts from being approved on the Apportionment Board.  As an avid campaigner for Kasich’s Senate Bill 5, Dave Yost should remember what a false ad actually looks like, such as the pro-SB 5 ad in 2011 which TV stations chose to pull off the air. It’s time for Dave Yost and the Ohio Republican Party to stop wasting the time of Ohio’s television stations and the Ohio Elections Commission with their frivolous complaints against John Patrick Carney’s campaign for State Auditor.”


Yost failed to call out his own party when it ran deceptive ads about SB 5 that were pulled, but openly campaigned for it.  In 2011, television stations did pull from the air a misleading ad of the pro-SB 5 campaign in which the campaign took a private citizen’s endorsement of the anti-SB5 We Are Ohio campaign and manipulated it to make it appear as if she supported SB 5.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/12/2011), “Television stations pulling SB5 commercial over concerns it is misleading.”]  Around the same time, Yost was willing to give SB 5 his full throated endorsement, but never publically called out the campaign for its deceptive ad.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/1/2011), “Retain Senate Bill 5.”]

Yost admitted that he failed to speak out against partisan gerrymandering by his own party because he’s “a lightweight.”  In an editorial board joint interview, Dave Yost defended his failure to do anything in the Apportionment Board to fight for fair districts by saying: “anyone that thinks that I could go into that room and cause something different to happen isn’t paying attention.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/2/2014), “Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and challenger John Patrick Carney fight over JobsOhio, redistricting and coffee.”]

Matt Borges was Yost’s campaign manager in 2010 despite admitting to engaging in improper use of a State office in a play-to-pay scandal in the State Treasurer’s Office in 2004. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (5/14/12); Cincinnati Enquirer (7/28/04), “Deters cleared, aides guilty: Treasurer’s former chief of staff and fund-raiser plead.”)

FACT CHECK: Kasich-Taylor Campaign Releases Blatantly False Web Ad on Economy

Yesterday, the Kasich-Taylor campaign released a web ad, “Ohio’s Comeback.”  The web makes no citation for any of its claims, most likely because many of the asserted claims by Governor Kasich on the economy are blatantly untrue and extremely misleading.

In response to the Governor’s false political ad, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“When John Kasich came into office, Ohio was creating jobs and leading the nation in economic recovery.  With Kasich behind the wheel, Ohio is stuck in neutral and working families and hurting while the Governor entertains delusional fantasizes of being President.  Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families.”


FALSE CLAIM #1: “4 years ago … Ohio was 48th in job growth.”

FACT:  By the time of the November 2010 election, Ohio was 18th in job creation with a job creation rate (1.02%) nearly twice the national rate (.54%) over the 12-month period.  Now, Ohio ranks 41st in job growth (.58%), which is less than a third of the national job creation rate compared to 12 months prior.  [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, Job Growth USA website (not seasonally adjusted figures.)]

FALSE CLAIM #2: “4 years ago… highest unemployment rate in history.”

FACT: At the height of the 2008-2009 recession, Ohio’s unemployment rate peaked at 10.6% from July 2009 until February 2010.  However, Ohio’s unemployment rate exceeded that from December 1981-October 1983, where Ohio’s unemployment rate peaked at 13.9%.  The video also ignores that the unemployment rate in Ohio has gone up over the summer back to the same levels as in April. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (seasonally adjusted)]

FALSE CLAIM #3: “4 years ago…$8 billion projected budget shortfall.”

FACT: This claim is the biggest lie in Ohio political history.  Ohio has a constitutional requirement to balance the budget.  In fact, the last Strickland Administration budget ended with a surplus.  As the Plain Dealer reported, using the term “deficit” when describing “one time” money was inaccurate when it concluded that “what once seemed true is now evolving as we learn more.”  The Plain Dealer resolved that the entire claim was based on “faulty assumptions” regarding the state’s revenues, expenses, and economic growth made by Tim Keen, Kasich’s Director of Budget and Management.

FALSE CLAIM #4: “4 years ago… only $0.89 Cents in Ohio’s Rainy Day Fund.”

FACTS:  This claim ignores “that first payment the Kasich administration made to the rainy-day fund — $246.9 million in July of 2011 — came at the completion of the last two-year budget former Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law.”  Kasich’s claim ignores that Strickland left a substantial surplus that replenished the rainy day fund.  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (7/11/2013).]

FALSE CLAIM #5: Kasich in 2010: “300,000 Ohioans have no job.”

FACT:  As of August 2014, 323,811 Ohioans are unemployed and that figure does not include how many of the 90,759 Ohioans that have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office who dropped out because they simply gave up looking for a job in Ohio. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (seasonally adjusted)].

FALSE CLAIM #6: Fox News Host Chris Wallace: “Your state has been the number five job creator in the nation and number one in the Midwest.”

Ohio presently ranks as 41st in job creation. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, Job Growth USA website (not seasonally adjusted figures.)]

Ohio has the lowest job creation rate in the region. Ohio’s job creation rate for the past twelve months is half of West Virginia’s and nearly a third of Kentucky’s or Michigan’s, according to the Governor’s Office of Budget and Management.  [Source: Ohio Office of Budget & Management, September Monthly Financial Report, pg. 4]

After losing nearly 3,000 jobs in May, the revised July figure showed Ohio lost 8,600 jobs—the second largest monthly job loss in the nation.  Ohio actually has fewer jobs now than in April.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (revised July data)(seasonally adjusted.)]

Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Statement On The One Year Anniversary of The “We Won’t Go Back” Rally

Today, October 2nd, 2014, marks the one year anniversary of the “We Won’t Go Back” rally, where people from all across the state gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse to stand together against the anti-women agenda being pushed through the legislature by the Kasich Administration. In response, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chairwoman Kathy DiCristofaro, and Ohio Democratic County Party Chairs Association President Janet Carson jointly released the following statement:

“It was one year ago that people from all across Ohio gathered at the Statehouse to send a clear message to Governor Kasich: No matter how many anti-women bills he signs trying to take women’s rights back to the 1950’s, “We Won’t Go Back.” Throughout the past four years of John Kasich as Governor, he’s proven again and again that he is wrong on the issues that matter to women and their families: paycheck fairness, access to women’s health care, a strong public education system, and good-paying jobs that earn a living wage.

“We are proud to support our statewide ticket, half of whom are women, and will be the strongest advocates for Ohio families. Over the next 33 days, our focus remains turning out voters to elect Ed FitzGerald, Sharen Neuhardt and the rest of our Democratic candidates.”

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. Chris Redfern, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.