Eric over at ProgressOhio has the skinny – basically in yesterday’s Toledo Blade made note of a tape of a 2004 roast of Noe by several prominent Republicans at his 50th birthday party.

“Mr. Voinovich then launched into the rareness of Noe’s dual roles on the Turnpike Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents and on how he took care of things politically in northwest Ohio,” wrote Mr. Rothenberg.

“He then concluded by stating that Noe was his northwest Ohio ‘consiglieri’ and told the audience, ‘And you all know what that means’ to great laughter.” “A consiglieri is an adviser or counselor, especially to a capo or leader, of an organized crime syndicate,” according to answers.com.

There is a LOT more there than just that. Be sure to read the Blade article linked above, and head over to ProgressOhio to read the full notes Brian Rothenberg made after seeing the tape, and then you can sign a petition demanding disclosure from Republican leaders about what they really knew about Tom Noe.

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