As Scandal Grows, LaRose’s “Answers” Just Raise More Questions About Steep Cost to Move Secretary of State Office to His Campaign HQ
September 13, 2023
LaRose’s Math and Excuse That Move is “Completely Incidental” Don’t Add Up
Columbus, OH – Frank LaRose’s latest scandal is growing as taxpayers foot a steep, $600,000 bill for his decision to move the Ohio Secretary of State office to the same building as his current campaign HQ. As serious questions pile up about whether LaRose is using his government position to benefit his campaign for U.S. Senate, LaRose has offered no logical explanation for his decision and his math isn’t adding up.
In a press conference yesterday, LaRose claimed that his decision to move the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to the same building that currently houses his campaign is “completely incidental,” but his office has failed to provide a detailed reason for why, of the hundreds of other buildings in the Columbus area and the three other buildings considered for the move, this building was chosen.
LaRose also claimed the move would save taxpayer dollars due to cheaper rent of $11,000 a year, but even his own math doesn’t add up. Using LaRose’s justification, it would take 54 years to recoup the $600,000 in taxpayer dollars his move is wasting.
“Frank LaRose’s latest scandal is growing and Ohio taxpayers are paying the bill for his scheme to move the Secretary of State office to the same building as his campaign,” said ODP Spokesperson Reeves Oyster. “Ohioans aren’t buying LaRose’s excuses or his phony math as it becomes clearer every day that LaRose will do whatever it takes to advance his political career, regardless of how much it hurts – or costs – Ohioans.”
- “[Frank LaRose] is responding to a story NBC4’s Natalie Fahmy brought you last week about him moving his state office. His new office location will be at the same address he filed his Senate campaign run under with the Federal Election Commission and it will cost $600,000 taxpayer dollars to ready the new office for that move…”
- “LaRose says his campaign attorneys being in the same building as his official state office is purely coincidental.”
- Frank LaRose: “[The campaign office] happens to be in the same building that our new building is going to be in, but that is completely incidental…”
- “NBC4 has asked his campaign several times, this and last week, to confirm whether LaRose has done any campaign interviews from that address. They have not yet responded to that question.”