Entire Complaint Based on Jon Husted’s Incompetence
COLUMBUS- On 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 complaint has been proven to be entirely baseless, the Ohio Elections Commission confirmed that as of 9:00 a.m. today, the Ohio Republican Party has yet to withdraw the complaint. In response to the Ohio Republican Party’s refusal to dismiss its entirely baseless complaint, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“The Republicans need to stop wasting the time of the Ohio Elections Commission and admit that their Chairman lied under oath in an entirely baseless, partisan attack. And if they refuse, it’s time for State Auditor Dave Yost to denounce this complete waste of everyone’s time by his Party.”
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.”]