As GOP-Led Legislature Stalls On House Bill 6 Repeal, Investigation Swirls Around Ohio Republican Officials, Appointees

COLUMBUS — With news that a condo owned by Mike DeWine’s appointed head of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio was raided by federal agents today and previous reports that Dave Yost’s office and Frank LaRose’s office both received subpoenas, Larry Householder’s $61 million bribery scandal is ensnaring more and more Ohio Republicans.

“Ohio Republicans are desperate to distance themselves from the House Bill 6 bribery scandal — but the stench of corruption is overwhelming,” said Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Kirstin Alvanitakis. “Federal investigators are finally looking into the pay-to-play culture of the Republican-led Statehouse and Republicans in state government, and it’s likely they’ll find that if they pull a string here, the whole thing will unravel.”

One of the alleged co-conspirators, former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges, is aiming his fire at Yost, saying, “He felt like he needed to cover his butt … He has a blind spot when it comes to chasing headlines.”