Democrats have filed their seventh request for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel to release the resumes of 60 top appointees, a request his office has alternatively denied, refused to answer or released the entire state payroll as an answer.
Ohio Democrats have been pressing Mandel, the Republican nominee running against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, about the backgrounds of staffers he hired at the state treasurer’s office since his 2010 election. Mandel had accused former Treasurer Kevin Boyce, a Democrat, of hiring political cronies during the 2010 race and has come under fire in recent weeks after similar accusations.
“Josh Mandel repeatedly slammed his opponent for alleged cronyism during the campaign and promised to operate his office differently if elected,” Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker told HuffPost. “So after his swearing in, we sought to hold him accountable for his own words during his own campaign.”
“Now that it’s clear he broke his own pledge and surrounded himself with political cronies and friends, Ohioans expect for him to finally come clean by disclosing these resumes,” Zucker said.
The Dayton Daily News reported last week that several top Mandel aides had been his campaign staffers. Plus, The Huffington Post reported last week that Mandel had sent his debt management director, Joe Aquilino, to a beginner’s course on debt management and municipal finance.
The Democrats’ most recent letter to Mandel’s office requests resumes for 60 employees and at least one former staffer.
“We’ve tried several times to make this very specific request and the Treasurer’s office has still not provided the appropriate information,” Democratic researcher Michael Carrozzo wrote. “Of the 60 names we specifically provided in our request of nearly four months ago, the Treasurer’s office only provided information for approximately 12 employees. We’ve added six names of employees that were hired since we made our last public records request.”
The resume requests, initiated in April 2011, have been dismissed on several occasions by Mandel’s office. According to a timeline provided by the Democratic Party, several requests did not receive replies from the treasurer’s office, while the first one in April 2011 and the second in June received replies several months later. Ohio’s public records laws say that state agencies should reply within a “reasonable period of time.”