Former Kasich ODOT Employee Accused of Sexual Battery of a Minor

After surrendering law license pending discipline, Kasich appointed Spencer to ODOT’s Chief Legal Counsel’s Office

COLUMBUS –On Friday, Scott Spencer was arrested and charged with two felony counts of sexual battery after a Highbanks Metro Park ranger caught him with a bound-and gagged 14-year old girl at a park shelter.  Described by the Columbus Dispatch as appearing to have a bright future in the Ohio Republican Party in the 1980s and 1990s, Spencer served as a press liaison for the Ohio House Republican Caucus and an aide to former Republican State Senator Donald “Buz” Lukens in the 1980s.  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/19/2014), “Man accused of sex with teen at park lost ODOT job over porn websites.”]

In 2003, Spencer surrendered his law license while facing disciplinary actions from the Ohio Supreme Court after he was alleged to have falsified documents for a client in a lawsuit after already having his license suspended for fabricating documents in another suits.  Despite this history, the Kasich Administration hired Spencer in 2012 to work in ODOT’s chief legal counsel’s office as a program administrator charged with ensuring the agency complied with public record and equal opportunity rules.  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/19/2014), “Man accused of sex with teen at park lost ODOT job over porn websites.”]

By November 2012, the same year he was hired, Spencer received a written reprimand for leaving “unwelcomed” messages on a female co-worker’s voicemail after he had been “previously counseled regarding unwelcome actions in relation to other female employees.”  However, Spencer was only fired when a search of his work computer revealed he was visiting bondage fetish websites.

In response to Mr. Spencer’s arrest and history with ODOT, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Despite Spencer’s history of forging and falsifying documents, John Kasich gave this sexual predator a job in ODOT’s legal counsel’s office, put him in charge of public records and of all things, equal opportunity standards. Almost immediately, Spencer began sexually harassing women in the office. This guy was a sexual predator and it is simply terrifying that he worked in a chief legal office for the Kasich administration.”

Ohio Drops to 40th in Job Growth under Kasich

COLUMBUS – Today, the Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business updated its nonpartisan job growth rate given Friday’s release of the July jobs report for Ohio.

In response to today’s Arizona State University job creation ranking update, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Since John Kasich was elected, Ohio’s job creation has plummeted.  John Kasich campaigned for governor on the promise that Ohio would lead the country. Ohio’s economy is weak and Governor Kasich has failed.”

BACKGROUND 

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.”]

Ohio still has over 149,300 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels—the fifth highest deficit in the nation.  Ohio has 149,300 jobs left to regain before returning to its pre-recession number of jobs it had in June 2007.  Alaska, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah all have regained all the jobs lost recession roughly a year ago, yet Ohio has the fifth largest amount of jobs left to regain to reach its pre-recession numbers.   Neighboring West Virginia reached its pre-recession jobs number back in February.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, seasonally adjusted (accessed 8/18/2014.)]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 40th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.   In July 2010, Ohio was ranked 21st in job creation.  Now, Ohio is ranked 40th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 8/18/2014)]

For the 21st straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the July jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “July 2014 was the 21st consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth was slower than the U.S. national average, with the gap between Ohio’s rate and the U.S. rate increasing in July.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (8/15/2014), “Ohio lost 12,400 jobs in July: Unemployment rate up to 5.7%.”]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

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 91,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 91,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In 2014 so far alone, over 43,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 8/15/2014)]

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).]

ConAgra Foods announces its closing two plants, laying off 170 employees.  This morning, ConAgra Foods announced that it would close two Ohio plants in a cost-saving operations consolidation move.  In 2012, 25 positions were eliminated at the ConAgra plant in Marion, resulting in a reduction of shifts.  [Source:  Marion Star (6/6/2014), “ConAgra Foods closing plants.”]

Under Kasich, Ohio Led the Nation in Job Losses in July

As 36 other states gained jobs, Ohio led the nation in job losses

COLUMBUS – This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July regional and state jobs report showing where Ohio fits in with the rest of the country. After losing nearly 3,000 jobs in May, July’s report showed Ohio lost 12,400 jobs overall with 2,900 jobs lost in manufacturing.  While 36 other states created jobs, Ohio had the largest number of jobs lost in the country.

In response to today’s latest economic data, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“While the country as a whole has more jobs than it did before the recession, Ohio under John Kasich has not regained the jobs it lost in recession.  In fact, we have less jobs today than we had in April. Kasich campaigned for governor on a promise that he’d make Ohio an economic leader.   Instead, Ohio’s lagging behind under Kasich while the rest of the nation surges ahead.”

WHAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OHIO’S LAGGING ECONOMY:

After calling the jobs report “disappointing,”  “July 2014 was the 21st consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth was slower than the U.S. national average, with the gap between Ohio’s rate and the U.S. rate increasing in July.”Economic Research Analyst George Zeller. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (8/15/2014), “Ohio lost 12,400 jobs in July: Unemployment rate up to 5.7%.”]

“About the only thing that’s made the numbers look good at all is the decline is the decline in the labor force.”—Economist Bill LaFayette, owner of economic consulting firm Regionomics.  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/16/2014), “Blip or start of a trend? Jobless rate rises to 5.7%.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio’s jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Demands Independent Investigation of Sexual Harassment in Attorney General’s Office

COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus launched a petition demanding that an independent investigator be allowed to review Attorney General Mike DeWine’s handling of a sexual harassment complaint in his office.

Last year, a former intern made allegations that she was sexually harassed by a senior male staffer and close personal friend of Mike DeWine.  During the course of the investigation, a whistleblower approached the office’s EEO investigator and was promised confidentiality.  DeWine demanded to be interviewed by the investigator and forced her to turn over the informant’s name. The investigation was closed three days later without identifying the harasser.

Subsequently, DeWine’s senior staff referred the EEO investigator to the Franklin County Prosecutor for potential felony charges. No charges were pursued, and the investigator ultimately was never even disciplined internally.

Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, made the following statement:

“Mike DeWine’s explanations for why he interfered in this investigation and demanded a confidential informant’s name don’t add up. Now, we’ve found that DeWine’s senior staff tried to retaliate against his office’s own investigator. Ohioans deserve a thorough and independent investigation how DeWine and his staff handled these sexual harassment allegations.”

Higher Unemployment, 12,400 Jobs Lost in July Under John Kasich’s Failed Policies

As Ohio loses jobs, labor market continues to shrink

COLUMBUS – This morning, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the July jobs report and revised June figures for Ohio. After losing nearly 3,000 jobs in May, the revised June job creation figure was reduced by almost a third.  July’s report showed Ohio lost 12,400 jobs overall with 2,900 jobs lost in manufacturing.  Ohio’s unemployment rate increased by .2% even though 6,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market—the 5th consecutive month Ohio’s labor market has shrunk.  In July, Ohio’s labor participation rate fell below the national rate.   This is third straight month that the number of employed Ohioans has shrunk.

In response to this month’s economic data, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Under John Kasich, Ohio’s job growth continues to drag behind the rest of the nation, and more people give up on finding a job in our state each month. These numbers reveal a frightening reality about Ohioans struggling in a weak economy. Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families.”

WHAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OHIO’S LAGGING ECONOMY:

Once again, Ohio had a subpar gain to that of the United States for 20 consecutive months,” he said. “What this means is that more than 100,000 Ohio workers can’t find a job because our recovery is too slow.” – Economic Research Analyst George Zeller. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/18/2014), “Ohio’s unemployment rate 5.5%; state gained 12,700 jobs in June.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio’s jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

BACKGROUND

For the 20th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the June jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio had a subpar gain to that of the United States for 20 consecutive months.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/18/2014), “Ohio’s unemployment rate 5.5%; state gained 12,700 jobs in June.”]

Job creation under John Kasich in Ohio has lagged U.S. job growth.  In fact, at least 8 other governor’s terms since 1959 have seen stronger job growth than Ohio has seen so far under John Kasich.  [Source:  Cleveland Plain Dealer (8/5/2014), “Ohio lags U.S. jobs growth, as it has under a half-century of governors from John Kasich to Michael DiSalle.”]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th 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 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

Job gains under Kasich are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost in the recession.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 91,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 91,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In 2014 so far alone, over 43,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 8/15/2014)]

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.”]

Ohio Democratic Party Sues Kasich, Taylor over Refusal to Comply With Public Records Request

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.”

Yost Assaults Middle Class Families in Mahoning County Performance Audit

Over Two-Thirds of Yost’s Potential Savings Mimic Voter-Rejected Assault on Collective Bargaining Rights

COLUMBUS –Yesterday, State Auditor Dave Yost released a performance audit of the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office in which Yost claimed he had identified a potential $566,000 in annual savings.  However, over two-thirds of that figure ($384,000) is based on nothing more than renegotiating provisions in the office’s collective bargaining agreement in ways similar to the restrictions mandated in SB 5 that nearly 72% of voters in Mahoning County voted to repeal in the 2011 general election.

In response to Yost’s performance audit findings, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Two-thirds of Yost’s so-called anticipated savings in this performance are based on nothing more than the same assault on employees pay and pension benefits that voters in Mahoning County and across Ohio overwhelmingly rejected in 2011. Dave Yost is abusing his office to attack Ohio’s families.  Ohioans want an Auditor that will ferret out actual waste and abuse in government, not use the office for an ideological crusade to attack middle-class families’ pension and hazard pay benefits.”

BACKGROUND

Yost’s performance audit pushed the Engineer’s Office to renegotiate its collective bargaining agreement to contain components similar to those mandated by SB 5 in 2011.  Yost’s first recommendation in the performance audit is for the Engineer’s Office to “[r]enegotiate provisions within the collective bargaining agreement.”  Specifically, Yost claims that by reducing employee’s pension benefits and longevity pay and eliminating hazard pay altogether would save roughly $364,000 annually.  In total, Yost suggests that $384,000 could be saved a year by forcing employees to cut benefits the county already agreed to provide in contract negotiations.  [Source: State Auditor’s website, Mahoning County Engineer’s Office Performance Audit (dated August 12, 2014)]

Many of these recommendations are similar to things mandated in SB 5 in 2011.  SB 5 specifically attacked both pension benefits and longevity pay.  However, not even SB 5 mandated that the State eliminate hazard pay as Yost urged in his performance audit.  [Source: Legislative Service Commission, Final Analysis of SB 5 at pages 38 and 44.]

Nearly 72% of Mahoning County voters voted to repeal SB 5 in 2011.  According to the Official Results of the 2011 general election,  57,732 voted to reject Issue 2 (referendum on SB 5) to the 22,562 who voted to approve it.  Overall, Ohioans statewide  rejected Issue 2 by a nearly 62% to 38% margin.  [Source: Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Official Results for Issue 2, November 8, 2011.]

Public Policy Polling Releases Latest Poll of 2014 Races

COLUMBUS- Today, Public Policy Polling released the latest poll of Ohio statewide races, showing competitive races across the board.

In the race for Ohio Governor, 44% of respondents said they would vote for Ed FitzGerald, and 50% said they would vote for incumbent Republican John Kasich. More information is available here.

In the race for Ohio Treasurer, Connie Pillich holds a three-point lead over incumbent Josh Mandel, at 47% to 44%. More information is available here.

In the race for Secretary of State, Nina Turner is within three points of Republican Jon Husted, at 43% to 46%.  More information is available here.

In the race for Ohio Auditor, 42% of respondents said they would vote for John Patrick Carney and 44% would support incumbent Dave Yost. More information is available here.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“This polling reinforces what we already know: Voters want to talk about the serious issues affecting Ohioans, like our weak economy, our struggling public schools, cleaning up corruption in government, or the threat to Ohio’s natural resources, and that is what our Democratic candidates are focused on every day. They have a vision for a fair Ohio that works for everyone,  and that is why voters will choose them in this election.”

The margin of error in this data is 3.5%.

DeWine Sexual Harassment Victim Did Not Recant In Sworn Testimony as DeWine Claims

DeWine’s own office records refute his latest statements

COLUMBUS –Yesterday, Attorney General Mike DeWine defended his controversial personal interference in an internal sexual harassment investigation in which the alleged victim described her harasser as an older male in a senior position who was a “close friend” to Mike DeWine.  DeWine, and his campaign, have made a number of statements yesterday that are directly rebutted by records of the matter maintained by DeWine’s own office.

I.   No, the alleged sexual harassment victim did not recant her allegations as Mike DeWine has now claimed.

DeWine  claimed that the alleged victim “recanted” her allegations under oath.  A spokesman for DeWine’s campaign claimed that an investigation “by law enforcement concluded there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (8/11/2014), “Democrats continue to accuse DeWine of interfering with sexual harassment investigation.”]

However, the same story notes that instead the former intern testified under oath that her harasser inappropriately touched her on shoulder and knee on occasions such that she felt very uncomfortable being around this person.  And while Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien (R) reported the harasser’s alleged conduct did not rise to a felony offense, he concluded it could constitute a misdemeanor criminal charge that another office would have jurisdiction to prosecute instead.  Furthermore, O’Brien suggested that after having what the former intern thought was a confidential matter be shared openly among DeWine’s senior staff, the victim may have intentionally changed her story as to the extent of her harasser’s misconduct to “in order to achieve her purpose to have the matter concluded without further action.”

Furthermore, O’Brien cautioned DeWine’s office to “monitor male employees in the Education section for signs of sexual harassment” as described by the former intern.  [Source: Report of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien to the AGO dated May 24, 2013.]  O’Brien’s report specifically refutes DeWine and his campaign’s statement that the victim “recanted” or that O’Brien’s investigation concluded there was “no evidence of any wrongdoing.”

II.  Mike DeWine’s explanation about how he learned the identity of confidential source in sexual harassment probe contradicted by DeWine’s own signed witness statement.

In an interview with WBNS CBS-10 of Columbus, DeWine claimed that the investigator “mentioned” to him that there was a confidential informant who had given some information, but not enough.  DeWine claimed he then asked for the informant’s name and talked to him.  [Source: WBNS (8/11/2014), “DeWine Answers Questions On Handling Of Sexual Harassment Case.”]

However, DeWine’s own signed witness statement with the investigator indicates that DeWine demanded the meeting with the investigator and then he raised the subject of the confidential informant before demanding the disclosure of that person’s identity over the investigator’s objections.  [Source: Witness Statement of R. M. DeWine dated August 5, 2013.]  DeWine, apparently, made no record of his subsequent conversation with the informant, including any reporting back to the EEO investigator.

In response to DeWine’s intentional misrepresentation of the facts of his involvement in an internal sexual harassment probe, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said:

“As multiple sexual harassment experts call DeWine’s outing of a confidential source improper, Mike DeWine continues to mislead Ohioans on the details of this investigation that went awry.  DeWine’s own written statement and a written report from the Franklin County Prosecutor directly contradicts DeWine’s claims.  It’s time for Mike DeWine to stop lying about this investigation and come clean about protecting his close friend instead of a young intern.”

BACKGROUND

A representative from the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio said that breaching the confidentiality of an alleged victim is “another barrier to reporting sexual harassment.”  [Source: WBNS CBS 10 (8/11/2014).]

An attorney who specialized in sexual harassment cases criticized DeWine’s actions:

Robert A. Klingler, a Cincinnati lawyer whose firm specializes in sexual-harassment issues, said involvement by a top official or company president in a sexual-harassment case creates an appearance of impropriety. Klingler, who is not involved in the attorney general matter, said DeWine’s involvement, however well intended, might be seen as trying to “shape” the testimony of a potential witness.

It also could have a “chilling effect on future informants who would think twice about coming forward on a confidential basis.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/8/14), “DeWine’s role in office sexual-harassment probe is questioned.”]

Husted’s suppression efforts have costs taxpayers over $400,000

Firm that has donated to Husted’s campaign lands work defending his office

COLUMBUS – According to public records of legal bills filed by private firms retained to represent the Ohio Secretary of State’s office during Husted’s tenure shows that firms have made over $400,000.00 defending Husted’s office against legal challenges to Husted’s actions as Secretary of State.   In 2013, the State of Ohio paid the Wiley Rein law firm $285,902.50 to unsuccessfully defend Jon Husted’s attempt to cut early voting in Ohio before the 2012 general election alone.

Ohio also paid Bricker & Eckler over $100,000.00 to also represent the office in the Obama for America v. Husted as well as the Lieberman v. Husted case. Since 2010, Brickler & Eckler have donated $8,000.00 to Husted’s campaign, according to his campaign finance reports.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Jon Husted’s illegal and unconstitutional campaign against the early voting rights of Ohioans have cost taxpayers over $400,000 in legal fees in lawsuits that, thankfully, Husted largely lost.  Not surprisingly, under Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, some of this legal work was assigned to firms that donated to Husted’s campaign.  Instead needlessly costing Ohio taxpayers money in fighting unconstitutional schemes to deny taxpayers the ability to vote, Ohioans need a Secretary of State who will vigorously defend the right to vote, like State Senator Nina Turner.”

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