Longtime Political Consultant Terry Casey Testifies
of Republican Plot to Block Libertarian Candidates from Ballot
COLUMBUS – This morning, longtime Republican political consultant and Kasich Administration political appointee Terry Casey testified in federal court that he found someone with standing to challenge the Libertarian Party candidates’ petitions and hired the law firm who pushed Charlie Earl, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor off the ballot. While Casey denied the Kasich campaign “assigned” him the project, Casey admitted that he personally blind carbon copied top Kasich campaign staffers in emails about challenging Earl’s candidate petition. In at least one email with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, Casey stated that he was, in fact, acting on behalf of the Kasich campaign, but today tried to claim he overstated the connection to draw attention to his email within the Secretary of State’s office.
Casey was appointed to chair the Ohio Board of Personnel Review by Governor Kasich shortly after taking office. Casey is the former executive director of the Franklin County Party and now a media consultant for the party. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (1/22/2011), “Kasich alters order on work rights.”] Casey worked on the Governor’s 2010 campaign and currently makes $70,000 a year from his appointment. [Source: Associated Press (9/2/2014), “Libertarians protest Kasich ties to ballot decision.”]
Back in February, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges told the press he was familiar with the challenge against Earl’s petition because “I think we were the ones that filed the complaint.” [Source: Marc Kovac, Ohio Capital Blog (2/28/14), “Borges Gaggle 2 of 3”]. Borges later claimed that he misspoke and testified back in March that the party had nothing to do with the challenge, going as far as to say: “Anyone who’s looking for the conspiracy behind it – it’s just not there.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (3/17/2014), “Ohio GOP chairman denies party involvement in challenges to Libertarian Charlie Earl's candidacy.”]
In response to this latest development in Casey’s testimony, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Today a longtime Kasich friend and senior Republican political operative testified he kept top Kasich campaign officials in the loop on his efforts to get the Libertarian candidate thrown off the ballot in order to help Governor John Kasich’s re-election efforts. Both Matt Borges and the rest of Kasich’s re-election team took extraordinary efforts to publicly deny and hide their knowledge and involvement in blocking the Libertarian candidate from the ballot. The question now is: was Matt Borges lying under oath when he denied any Republican involvement in this plot?”