COLUMBUS –Today, the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in the Ohio Supreme Court against Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor over their refusal to comply with their legal obligation to provide copies of requested public records for over two months regarding correspondences between Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and her former chief-of-staff in the events leading to her former chief-of-staff’s resignation.
At issue in the case is a June 9, 2014 public records request in which the Ohio Democratic Party made an official request to Governor Kasich’s office for the following:
- Correspondence, whether written or electronic, between Lt. Governor Taylor and former Chief of Staff Laura Johnson from June 2013 through June 2014
- Correspondence, whether written or electronic, between Lt. Governor Taylor’s former Chief of Staff Laura Johnson and Heather Brandt from June 2013 through June 2014
The next day, Governor Kasich’s office acknowledged receipt of the records request with an emailed letter. Over the next two months, the Governor’s office continued to refuse to comply with the request without producing a single email.
With regard to the lawsuit filed, Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Governor Kasich’s administration has stonewalled public records requests for years, and rarely even speaks to the press. Kasich’s unwillingness to provide any transparency or accountability of his administration is unconscionable. It is their duty to the taxpayers of Ohio to release the records immediately so Ohioans can find out why these staffers left, including one who cited a ‘hostile work environment’ in Taylor’s office.”