Remember when Jon Husted was the ONLY up-and-coming Republican who Democrats seemed to respect? As a legislator, he even came out against a bill to ban gay adoptions. A stunner of a position for a straight GOP man serving among all those gay-bashing Republicans who, just two years earlier, helped ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Ohio.
Husted obtained this respect as House Speaker, even after he engaged in the same heavy-handed fundraising practices and other thuggery as his predecessor, Larry Householder. Back then, Husted’s fellow Republicans privately called him Little Larry.
The respect, and the nickname, are gone. Today, he is Little Kenny.
Husted’s tenure as chief elections official has been as partisan and dirty as Ken Blackwell’s — aka Big Kenny.
Big Kenny co-chaired W’s re-election campaign — while overseeing his election — and managed to make sure that Democrat-heavy voting districts did not have enough voting machines to avoid long lines.
Little Kenny’s voter suppression tactics attempt to accomplish the same outcome – limiting voting opportunities used by blacks, young voters, the disabled and students, aka Democrats – but through different means.
As Secretary of State, Husted should be working to help ensure everyone can vote, not working, as Big Kenney did, to make it harder for voters who typically cast their ballots for the other party.
Husted, like Blackwell and his constant campaigning for Bush, has also decided to take sides on HOW Ohioans should vote, taking a staunch anti-Issue 2 position and using straight up lies to further the cause.
PoltiFact just gave Husted a big, fat ”FALSE” for his claim that a member of the redistricting commission proposed in Issue 2 “could accept a bribe from somebody” and “couldn’t be removed from this commission.”
That’s one of the big lies opponents of Issue 2 are telling. (Remember, if you support the reforms, vote YES on Issue 2!)
PolitFact noted that Ohio’s bribery statute says that a public official convicted of bribery is “forever disqualified from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust in this state,” and one of the nation’s top election law experts said that statute applies to members of the proposed redistricting commission.
Daniel Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor who helped draft Issue 2, however, said that existing Ohio law, enacted under Article 2, Section 38 of the Ohio Constitution, sets a process for removing an officeholder.
That section of the constitution says “laws shall be passed providing for the prompt removal from office, upon complaint and hearing, of all officers, including state officers, judges and members of the general assembly, for any misconduct involving moral turpitude or for other cause provided by law; and this method of removal shall be in addition to impeachment or other method of removal authorized by the constitution.”
Under that portion of the constitution, lawmakers enacted Ohio Revised Code sections 3.07 through 3.10, which lay out a judicial process for removal of officeholders in cases of “gross neglect of duty, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance.” According to Tokaji, bribery would fall under gross immorality.
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