From the daily archives: Monday, December 9, 2013

Republican Bryan Williams just announced he is resigning his position on Ohio’s State Board of Education after suddenly realizing that it was illegal for him to be on the board while, at the same time, working as a registered lobbyist and actively advocating for a group that operates a trade school governed by the board.

As Abe recently noted, Williams’ “realization” came in the form of some excellent journalism on the part of Ohio’s papers, including the Akron Beacon Journal and yes, even the Columbus Dispatch.

Williams’ resignation letter referenced a ruling from the Ohio Ethics Commission “which […]

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With the December weather icily projecting itself under foot, Bryan Williams’ problems as a State Board of Education member attracted more heat Sunday, this time from the normally Republican-friendly Columbus Dispatch.

Here’s how a staff-written news story began:

“A state school-board member apparently is the law by lobbying the legislature and other state agencies at the same time he holds his elected post.”
As an aggressive lobbyist in behalf of his client, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, the Dispatch reported he’s applied his talent to attempting to influence a dozen bills, “including the $60 billion-plus state […]

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