COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern sent the following letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) following revelations reported in Roll Call that the Office of Congressional Ethics has opened an investigation against Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH):
February 16, 2011
The Honorable John Boehner1011 Longworth House Office BuildingUnited States House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner:
As you are aware, the Office of Congressional Ethics has recently opened an investigation into the undisclosed legal assistance given to Representative Jean Schmidt by the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund. In light of these findings, it is clear that it would be inappropriate for Representative Schmidt to continue her service on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Therefore, I am formally calling on you to immediately remove Representative Schmidt from the committee and discontinue her service on the committee until this important matter is resolved.
Chris RedfernChairman, Ohio Democratic Party