Back in late 2009, Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine put together a 10 point plan that he hoped would help restore the “conservative credibility” of the Republican party in Ohio.
“The Republican Party has lost its credibility,” wrote DeWine. “We were the party of ethics and morality until our elected officials became symbolic of scandal and corruption,” he said. And “voters did not reject our conservative ideology… they rejected our hypocrisy.”
The final step of his plan was to “Enforce a zero-tolerance policy for misconduct”
Our party historically upheld the highest standard for ethics and morality in government, but most voters know us better for our hypocrisy. Not an election goes by without a major scandal involving a prominent Republican figure.
We cannot continue to campaign on a higher standard of government if we fail to uphold it, so we must adopt a zero tolerance policy for any candidate or elected official who crosses the line.
Jump ahead to this Spring.
In April, Robert Mecklenborg was arrested while driving in Indiana with a stripper in his car. A few days later he lied on his Ohio driver license application – claiming he didn’t have any outstanding, out-of-state violations. Kevin DeWine and John Kasich refused to call for Mecklenborg’s resignation. And Meck is STILL in office officially until tomorrow – supposedly so he can get some extra public employee retirement credits!
State Rep Jarrod Martin has had at least three drunken run-ins with the law in the past year and half. First getting kicked out of a hotel for being drunk and fighting with his “friends”. Second for being “found intoxicated and unresponsive in the House parking garage” having “passed out drunk on then-GOP Minority Leader’s William G. Batchelder’s Chevy Suburban.” And then for the recent arrest OVI arrest with his kids in his car. Martin is still serving. DeWine and the Ohio Republican Party have said nothing.
And then, of course, there’s Senator Kris Jordan who is under investigation for “pushing around” his wife while drunk and waving a gun. Jordan is also still in office. DeWine and the ORP have said nothing.
A “a zero tolerance policy for any candidate or elected official who crosses the line” sounds really great on paper. But when the shit actually hit the fan, DeWine was silent and he remains silent as Republican office holders who have clearly ‘crossed the line’ continue to serve.
When the Anthony Weiner scandal broke, Christopher Maloney, the Ohio Republican Party’s communications director, attacked Sherrod Brown for not calling for Weiner’s resignation. But THREE scandals involving Ohio Republicans have broken in the past month and Maloney, DeWine and Kasich haven’t said a word.
As Modern already pointed out, Ohio’s conservative bloggers are pissed off. And every other Republican in Ohio should be too. This is how you guys lost your credibility in the first place. And if you don’t want to watch your elected officials become “symbolic of scandal and corruption” all over again – someone better tell DeWine to start spending a little more time keeping his people in line and less time focused on filling your email box with fundraising spam.