Nearly a week after Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said he was lawyering up because he heard the FBI is asking questions about him, and two days after Rosenberger announced his resignation, state Rep. Robert Sprague and Sen. Frank LaRose have remained silent on the latest Republican Ohio Statehouse scandal.
“With the Republican culture of corruption in Columbus being revealed for what it is, this silence from Frank LaRose and Robert Sprague speaks volumes,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Ohio deserves leaders who will speak up and speak out against the misdeeds and misbehavior of their colleagues, but Robert Sprague and Frank LaRose choose to remain silent.”
In the case of Republican state Rep. Wes Retherford drunkenly passing out in a McDonald’s drive-thru with a loaded firearm next to him last March, Sprague, LaRose and state Rep. Keith Faber all attended the same Lincoln Day dinner with him earlier that evening, and Faber even admitted to being at the bar with him afterward. Days later, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones made explosive charges that Republican elected officials weren’t cooperating with investigators in the case.
“If Republican elected officials reportedly wouldn’t cooperate in an investigation of one of their own being conducted by a Republican sheriff, and they won’t speak out when the FBI is looking into the actions of their House Speaker, how can Ohioans trust them to stand on the side of the law instead of their party?” Pepper asked. “Rather than promoting the old boys club to higher offices, it’s time to break it up and bring new leadership to Columbus.”