I’ll say it again.  Butler and Warren County are the heart of the GOP.  Warren County also just happens to be the home county of State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro).  In most cases, the only election that matters is the GOP primary (in fact, I know of a number of Democrats who are registered Republicans in the county for no other reason that it’s the only way they feel they can have an effective vote in the county).  There is a growing Democratic Party in the region which has made some incredible inroads over the past few years, but largely politics centers more between the warring “Old Guard” (i.e.- business, country club Rockefeller Republicans) and the “New Guard” (i.e.- Ohio Right to Life).  The Tea Party has just upset the mix even further.

Sheriff Larry L. SimsAnyways, recently Warren County elected a new sheriff, Larry Sims after winning a three-way primary in 2008 with 56% of the primary vote.  No Democratic candidate filed.  In the general election, Sims received the third highest votes of any county candidate… all of whom were unopposed.

Recently, as many Tea Party organizations have attempted to organize (we were told that nearly ten showed up in contrast to the over 1,000 pro-union supporters who showed up for today’s Senate Committee hearings) support for Senator Jones’ SB 5, the Springboro Tea Party asked folks like Sheriff Sims to come with them to Columbus to show their support for Jones’ bill.

Sheriff Jones instead turned them down in what can only be described affirmation that SB 5 is nothing more than political grandstanding by Jones and other Republicans… and then it goes downhill from there going into direct condemnation of Governor Kasich’s Administration so far:

I am not a pro-union person but am very concerned that Shannon Jones has set out to attack the very people that are charged with protecting us.  [Sheriff Sims then notes that Jones was endorsed last year by the State F.O.P. and there have been twenty line of duty deaths already this year]

Maybe I have missed it, but what amount of tax payer [sic] dollars will be saved by going after our middle class working people here.  Where was Shannon Jones and the tea party members when out new Governor made a personal choice that cost all of us over 6 million dollars?  I supported and worked hard to help get Governor Kasich elected.  One of his first moves was to chose to be the first Governor since the 1970’s to not live in the mansion.  What are his reasons?  I heard them and they are purely selfish to benefit his family.   Well, we al have families but do we have the authority to spend tax payer [sic] dollars to benefit them.  What [sic] this the right thing to do?  Why has there been no outcry of this expense? How do we preach cost cutting and savings with that type of decision?

“Will the efforts by Senator Jones in Her attack against the public employee even offset the amount of money it cost to pay for secuirty at Governor Kasich’s home? I haven’t heard any figures yet.

Is Governor Kasich’s choices not being questioned by the Senate and House because they are all republicans [sic]?  Does he get to make choices that benefit him and cost us money, but no one calls him on it?  If I, as Warren County Sheriff, made a similar decision for the benefit of my family while using tax payer [sic] dollars, what would happen?  What would you think?  How about the rest of our Warren County citizens?

Is Senator Jones’ move purely political grandstanding?  Are we doing the right thing here?”

Looks like Senator Jones’ has some political problems brewing at home.  Her own County Sheriff, and a member of her party, cannot bring himself to support Jones’ bill!  He questions her political motives and then questions the hypocrisy of the Tea Party for not hold Governor Kasich accountable.  (Just imagine his reaction if he reads our staffer salary stories!)

A full copy of Sims’ e-mail to the Lebanon Tea Party’s Joe Wilson is attached after the jump:

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims Email

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  • I got confused and at first thought you were saying that Butler County’s Sheriff Jones was saying this… yeah right.

  • Adrienne Knight

    Looks like Sheriff Jones is a dumbass like the remainder of people who vote for R’s but are NOT wealthy.

    Sheriff, you voted for them now you can eat it, because you completely deserve it. Where are those staff cuts because of the budget cuts? You first. Then they can call you lazy for being unemployed.

    You big dummy.

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  • Anonymous

    This is Senator Jones’ Sheriff, whose name is Sims, not Sheriff Jones of neighboring Butler County….

  • Pragmatic_one

    At some point the majority is going to discover that
    trickle down economics failed. It bankrupted the public sector and wrecked the middle class. Thus, at this point after suffering through 30 years of this nonsense, giving more tax breaks to the top while slashing away at the middle class through “free trade” deals and union busting is like spitting on a kid after he just got beat up by a bully.

    But right now the beligerence of the tea bagger right wing has the louder bull horn, thanks to a media that has consolidated and corporatized away almost every last vestige if impartiality or objectivity. This leads to disasters like John Kasich, a person I would not trust for one minute to run a Taco Bell much less an entire State. As he continues to find ways to chop up the state and sell it off to his friends through RobsOhio, I hope the masses wake up and begin actually finding ways to improve the situation instead of voting for slogans and politicians who tell stupid folksy little stories about how evil the current President is.

  • Green Iris

    I’m afraid they won’t ever figure it out. They have been carefully trained over the past 30 years to automatically react to everything a D says w/ hatred and vitriol. Those w/ a megaphone will just yell louder and blame everything on the left. And the masses will believe it.

  • Victoria

    She lied to the FOP. Well well. I think Shannon better buy lots of fire extinquishers and hire a security guard because the safety forces won’t be able to locate her house if she has a problem–you know those google maps can sometimes be wrong.

  • Forihood

    not to mention the four day party for the election, hundreds of thousands of our dollars waited on parting, should have went to a better cause

  • pragmatic_one

    You can only push people so far, Rgtwmlly, before they push back.

    Violence is never the answer. Victoria goes to far with her post, but if you go to RedState or whatever righty blog it won’t take you but a minute to find far worse posts advocating much worse things than are being stated here including assassination of our current President…it’s up there every day. The right has been using intimidation tactics with no pushback for a loooooong time. There have been books written about because it is so pervasive. Maybe you need to look in the mirror to see who really has a sense of entitlement these days.

  • pragmatic_one

    I refuse to believe that you are correct. The pendulum is always swinging. While I agree there is far too much ignorance and propoganda out there these days, the public remains fickle. At some point they are going to sicken of ever decreasing wages and benefits at the expense of the super wealthy and there will be a movement that finally can sell the real causes of this decline to the public in terms that it can understand. I
    thought Obama was that guy, he clearly is not. But there is an opening there for somebody with brains and guts.

  • Delco

    TO ALL OHIO UNIONS- If you believe that your members have dodged a bullet because SB 5 does not apply you, you may wish to think this through. While you sit on the sidelines, there is no doubt that our Republican General Assembly is just biding time until their next move. Undoubtedly, we will see a bill to make Ohio the 23rd “Right to Work State”. You know, to create that “job oasis” so all those companies will relocate to Ohio like the Republicans prognosticated that we would see after passing the commercial activity tax. I am dumbfounded that you do not see the attack on public workers being the shot over the bow that it is. But hey, I am not a union worker and have no civil service protection or a contract of employment so why should I continue to care about you and your breathren when you, obviously, do not?

  • James Livingston

    Oh, your bleedinh hearts

  • pragmatic_one
  • Fotogirlcb2002

    yes you are sooooo right — where are these folks heads at — right to work legislation or perhaps against the prevailing wage –wont surprise me — not one bit–I am still dumbfounded that people voted for this clown

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    2nd reply — you know theres so much about bargaining that people dont get–so much about cutting costs that are bargained in contracts–the no strike clauses have been in there for years for most –they look for the best healthcare contract– the union picked up our eye and dental to save money–
    and one thing people always forget — cheaper isnt better–its just that– cheap!
    this SB 5 is nothing more than a political agenda piece of trash — heck no one can even answer questions for you — not even the sponsor( if she really is the one that wrote it )

  • Rgtmwlly

    The oldest liberal cop out in the book. “conservatives do it, so it’s okay if we do it too!”

    Liberals loathe Fox News and conservative talk radio, and decry it as being wrong. Yet MSNBC’s incessant hateful vitriol (calling the President a war criminal, saying the President is retarded, etc) is defended because “conservatives do it too” which, of course, they don’t.

    Something is either right or it’s wrong, and suggesting Senator Jones deserves to die because she’s fighting for what she thinks will save the desperate condition our state is in if wrong.

    Trying to defend it by saying “conservatives do it too” is inane.

    Liberals win the very war of hate words and over the top vitriol that they blame on conservative media every day. No seemingly convenient excuse can get around that simple fact.

  • Anonymous

    First of, NOBODY here said that Shannon Jones “deserves to die.” Quit tilting at strawmen.

    If you don’t think Glenn Beck and Rush “don’t do it, too” then you are simply either too stupid or too irrational to be bothered to be taken seriously or debating with.

    It must be nice in your delusional conservative world where Ann Colter, Michelle Malkin, and Eric Erikson are never over the top and entirely rational.

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