Yesterday we reported on the Ohio Democratic Party’s attempts to determine which of Ohio’s 12 Republican (all white dude) representatives voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics in a secret session held on Monday.  The decision was quickly reversed the following morning after an outcry from constituents.

In a second round of calls their offices, everyone contacted by the ODP found some excuse not to answer the question about how they voted.

Here is the day 2 play-by-play from ODP Chairman David Pepper:

Gerrymandered Ohio GOP Congress Accountability Project, Day 2:

So today, we called through to the offices who, yesterday, did not give us a straight answer on the vote two nights ago, gutting the independent ethics office. Incredibly, while those who voted no strongly recollect doing so, most have still not figured out how their boss voted. Hmmm.

Rep. Steve Chabot, 202-225-2216

ODP: “I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted concerning the Ethics Committee proposal also known as the Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “He was not in support of the Goodlatte amendment.”

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, 202-225-3164

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I am not aware of how the Congressman voted.”

ODP: “Will there be a statement released on the Congressman’s vote?”

A: “I am unaware.”

Jim Jordan, 202-225-2676

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not spoken to him about that yet”

ODP: “So you have no way of telling me how the Congressman voted?”

A: “I have not spoken to him about that yet”

Rep. Robert Latta, 202-225-6405

*No answer after 3 calls*

Rep. Bob Gibbs, 202-225-6265

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not gotten a chance to speak to the Congressman about the vote.”

ODP: “Is there any way we can find out.”

A: “You are more than welcome to try again later!”

Rep. Warren Davidson, 202-225-6205

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not spoken to the Congressman directly and cannot speak on how he voted.”

Rep. Michael Turner, 202-225-6465

*No answer after 3 calls*

Rep. Steve Stivers 202-225-2015

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not spoken to the Congressman and do not know how he voted.”

Rep. James Renacci, 202-225-3876

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not spoken to the Congressman directly.”

 

 
  • Red Rover

    You’d think they would have fired these aides if they never actually have conversations with their bosses…

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