Kyle Sisk has written not one, but SEVEN EIGHT posts, on today’s Inspector General report because it doesn’t say something that Sisk wants it to say: that someone in the Governor’s office was responsible for former Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzman’s stalling on enacting new Power-of-Attorney forms for BMV car registrations because the old forms were suspected of being used to improperly register vehicles to undocumented immigrants.? The IG report cannot say it, it says, because it found no evidence.? Sisk, with no information of his own to suggest otherwise, nonetheless believes otherwise.

Sisk claims, with no evidence or any citation to any story even SUGGESTING such a link, that someone in the Governor’s office HAD to be involved.? Except that the report makes clear there is no such link:

To this day, Guzman is at a loss to explain why he halted implementation of new POA procedures. If he ever shared his reasoning with anyone, we were unable to find it among the thousands of pages of e-mails and memos we reviewed. Nor could Guzman?s advisors, when interviewed, recall him explaining his rationale. Yet everyone recognized that Guzman was sensitive about the POA issue, and he made clear that reforms were not to move forward without his approval. Guzman?s adamant involvement in the process, without providing meaningful guidance or direction, left everyone scrambling blindly.

Sisk claims that there MUST be a link because Guzman, who was forced to resign back in August over this very misconduct, was a Strickland appointee.? However, Sisk ignores the fact that the report specifically references countless other Strickland appointees who were protesting and objecting to Guzman’s actions.? Sisk doesn’t see the inherent contradiction that those Strickland appointees who were fighting Guzman presents to his conspiracy theory.

In fact, Strickland’s first appointment as Registrar for the BMV resigned in protest over Guzman’s delay, leading to Guzman’s termination by the Governor.? Other Strickland appointees, as the IG report concludes, documented at the time their complaints and unsuccessful efforts to get Guzman to simply do his job until he was fired over the issue.

Guzman’s replacement, also a Strickland appointee, promptly cleared up Guzman’s regulatory delay and not only issued new regulations to crack down on the POA BMV abuse, but began a process to review, verify, and cancel the registrations that Guzman’s delay of the new standards permitted.? When the Strickland Administration was sued by a Latino civil rights group over this action, the Strickland Administration, represented by AG Richard Cordray, successfully defending the crackdown on fraudulent BMV registrations achieved under Guzman’s regulatory delay.? In other words, several Strickland appointees fought the one causes the illegal delay, that delaying employee was fired by the Governor, and then the Governor’s appointees clean up the mess caused by the delay.? That’s the whole story.

None of this was really new information that we learned only from the I.G.’s report today.? In fact, it was well reported by the Columbus Dispatch at the time.? Despite this, Kyle Sisk is foaming at the mouth claiming that the same I.G. who had no problems going after the Strickland Administration over the data breach and Frankie Coleman, and who went after Marc Dann, is now suddenly ethically compromised.

Kyle Sisk is convinced, he tells you, that if the Republican Senators hold a politically grandstanding hearing on this issue, that evidence which shows no sign of ever existing will, someone come into being.

And why is Kyle Sisk suddenly trying to turn Guzman’s possibly criminal misconduct into the “next Coingate”– a premise that is laughable on its face?? Because the Kasich-Taylor campaign is so tripped up on trying to explain and defend its tax plan, that they’re openly killing their own, so he needs to change the subject.? So he’s put back on his crazy hat and letting his freak flag fly.

 

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