ODP Chair Walters Sets the Record Straight on Who’s Fighting for Working Families in the 15th Congressional Race

COLUMBUS, OH — In case you missed it, the Columbus Dispatch today featured an op-ed from Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters setting the record straight on Allison Russo’s track record of fighting for working families and lobbyist Mike Carey’s record of fighting for Big Energy and special interests.

“Allison has a record of standing up for working families and is an independent voice in the Statehouse for her constituents: taking on corruption, fighting for women and families, and pushing to lower the cost of healthcare. Allison will always fight for what’s right for Ohioans, and she will work with anyone if they have good ideas to create good jobs in Ohio,” writes Chair Walters.

The Chair continues to outline the various ways Mike Carey is connected to the largest public corruption scandal in state history and details his long career lobbying for Big Energy.

“Carey’s a career lobbyist and political insider. Lying is like breathing for him. Mike Carey lied about his involvement with Householder’s HB6 scandal and is the wrong choice for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” writes Chair Walters.

Read the full op-ed here and more below:

  • Allison Russo was raised in a small, working-class town by a single mom. She was the first in her family to go to college and spent her career helping folks get access to healthcare. Now, Allison’s a working mom of three, wife of a combat veteran, a State Representative, and most importantly — a good person. 

  • Allison has a record of standing up for working families and is an independent voice in the Statehouse for her constituents: taking on corruption, fighting for women and families, and pushing to lower the cost of healthcare.

  • Allison will always fight for what’s right for Ohioans, and she will work with anyone if they have good ideas to create good jobs in Ohio.

  • Here’s the truth about Mike Carey.

  • Carey spent decades as the top lobbyist for the infamous Murray Energy company, which was named as “Company B” in federal court documents in Larry Householder’s House Bill 6 (HB6) scandal — the largest public corruption scandal in Ohio history. 

  • Federal investigators recently found that Murray Energy and other Ohio energy companies created a dark money slush fund to pass HB6 that would give them $150 million in taxpayer dollars each year.

  • And as The Dispatch uncovered, Carey’s company “stood to benefit from” the passage of Householder’s corrupt House Bill and gave $100,000 to the dark money slush fund. 

  • Carey initially denied any involvement in HB6, but an investigation caught Carey on emails discussing lobbyists’ plans to influence the bill.

  • Mike Carey lied about his involvement with Householder’s HB6 scandal and is the wrong choice for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. 

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