On the same day that reports surfaced that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) does not have the resumes for 34 staff members he appointed, state Democrats filed their eighth request for the documents.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern held a press conference Thursday morning calling on Mandel to release the resumes, which the party has been requesting for more than a year. A report in the Toledo Blade, quoted Mandel’s spokesman saying that the office does not have 34 resumes on file for staffers hired during the 2010 transition.
“Josh owes it to Ohioans to come clean,” Redfern said.
Mandel is the Republican nominee against U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
The staff resumes became a point of contention in the Senate race after the Dayton Daily News reported in March that Mandel awarded several top spots to political aides and personal friends, along with a Huffington Post report that Mandel sent his debt management director to an entry-level class on the subject.
Democrats have been formally requesting the resumes for 60 staffers since April 2011,requests that have been alternately denied, ignored and in one instance, responded to with the release of state payroll records. Last week, Mandel sent the party a total of 28 resumes, including 12 previously sent, days after Mandel had written a letter to the editor of an online news site in Ohio saying that his office was cooperating with Democrats.
During his 2010 campaign, Mandel said he would hire on merits and accused former Treasurer Kevin Boyce (D) of cronyism.