Days after penning a letter to the editorsaying that his office was responding to all records requests from the Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is under fire for withholding 60 resumes the party requested.
Ohio Democrats released information Friday that shows the treasurer’s office responded April 24 to a public records request for the resumes of 60 Mandel appointees with the release of 28 staffers’ resumes, including 12 already released following an earlier request by the party. Ohio Democrats have requested the resumes for more than a year; the latest request is theparty’s seventh. Mandel is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in November.
The Dayton Daily Newss reported in March that several of Mandel’s hires have been top political aides or his personal friends. The Huffington Post reported that Mandelsent his debt management director to an entry-level class on the subject after he was hired in 2011.
In an April 24 letter responding to the request, Mandel’s general counsel Seth Metcalf, wrote that the office was working on the request. The office sent the resumes of some staffers hired by Mandel, but did not include those of several top aides, including Metcalf. Previous records requests by Democrats were ignored, denied or, in one case, included 12 resumes along with the entire state payroll.
Treasurer’s office spokesman Seth Unger did not return messages left on his office and cell phones requesting comment.