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Waiting until late in the evening on Monday to release a ruling that will surely ignite a political firestorm, the consequences of which may not be known for some time, Ohio's chief election officer, Ohio Secretary of State (SOS) Jennifer Brunner, broke a tie vote by the Montgomery County Board of Elections (MCBOE) by ruling that State Sen. Jon Husted of Kettering, the candidate the Ohio GOP recently endorsed to run for her office next year, is not a resident for purposes of voting of his district, and therefore is not a qualified elector for his senate seat.

Originally posted to John Michael Spinelli on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 01:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Head scratcher (5+ / 0-)

    Husted was married in 2005 and they have a 2 year old daughter, as well as his 14 year old son from a previous marriage who goes to school in Columbus. Yet he  continues to claim a more modest house in another district where he spends little if any time.

    (Husted and his wife both claim 2.5% property tax reductions too, which is real chutzpah.)

    The only real question here seems to be not that he's lying but why he thinks he'd get away with this obvious sham.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:12:21 AM PDT

  •  No doubt this is news, (5+ / 0-)

    but it isn't a diary.  Can you give us any background or detail that would help us understand why this is important?  I'm not from Ohio but I'd be interested to know things like how long this has gone on, who are the people involved and what are the implications for Ohio and/or the country?  Just the barest bones about those things would help flesh this out for the rest of us.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:19:45 AM PDT

    •  I can give some background (9+ / 0-)

      and I agree that this diary doesn't really explain this situation.

      John Husted is the former Ohio House Speaker.  He is currently a state Senator. For months now there have been questions with his residency.  He represents a district in Montgomery County, though he lives the majority of the time in a Columbus suburb.  A voter filed a complaint to the Montgomery County board of elections that Husted was claiming a tax exemption he wasn't entitled to, and that he votes at a precinct that he shouldn't.  Husted claimed that he 'intends' to reside in Montgomery County. The county election board split a vote along party lines and the matter was sent to the SoS.  She ruled that he is not a resident of the district he represents.  Her ruling broke the tie.

      "(T)he evidence in the record supports by clear and convincing evidence that Senator Husted is not and has not been a resident of Montgomery County before and since the time the board undertook its investigation," Brunner wrote.

      He was even having his mail forwarded to his Upper Arlington address.

      http://dispatch.com/...

      We are all droogie6655321

      by Buckeye BattleCry on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:33:31 AM PDT

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  •  This could be interesting. popcorn time n/t (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Buckeye BattleCry, JanL

    Why do I think Russian Roulette whenever they start talking triggers with the Public Option?

    by bkamr on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:35:18 AM PDT

  •  This recalls the Strickland case (0+ / 0-)

    Back in 2006 a very similar effort was made to disqualify Ted Strickland's candidacy for governor based on multiple residencies.

    http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/...

    That effort failed, even with Ken Blackwell as SoS. At the time Blackwell was running for governor against Strickland and was in the sticky situation of ruling on the eligibility of his opponent.

    This current effort seems misguided and retrograde.

    •  Well, did Strickland (0+ / 0-)

      actually reside where he said he did?  If he didn't, then I'd say something was fishy.  I'm not familiar with either case, so I have no dog in the race.  

      The entire "residence" model seems fairly cut and dried to me.  If you need to live in the district you're either running from or representing, then to me that means you spend the vast majority of your "living" time at that residence.  Exceptions for elected officials needing to be in DC are self-evident.

      No public option, no $$$ support. No kidding. (kerplunk) Political compass -7.88 -7.03.

      by Heiuan on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 04:17:13 AM PDT

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    •  The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Brunner (6+ / 0-)

      absolutely had to make a ruling by the 21st.  She was publicly hoping for guidance from the courts on how to apply residency laws.  I really think she dragged her feet as long as possible because of the appearance of conflict of interest, but her position required that she do something.

      Ted Strickland's case was easy, really.  He actually had three residences--two in Ohio (a house in Lisbon & a condo in Columbus) and one in DC, all of which he does actually use.

      Husted's house in Kettering apparently showed 0 water usage for months on end.  The neighbors testified that he was never there.  Brunner ended up requesting copies of all his utility bills, and as I understand it they pretty much showed they didn't use the residence.

      He's another Rick Santorum.

      I should add that the person who filed the initial complaint with the board of election is apparently a Republican voter in the district.

      We are all droogie6655321

      by Buckeye BattleCry on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 05:14:01 AM PDT

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      •  Residence (0+ / 0-)

        It was pretty clear that Strickland didn't live at his Lisbon, OH address back in 2006 (it was a field office). I don't thik they ever got to the point of combing over water use records--Blackwell refused to rule and the board dropped it.

        The challenge in that case was filed by a registered Democrat (as the politics of these things demand).

  •  Why is it so hard for rulemakers to follow the (0+ / 0-)

    rules?  

    New rulez??? - you have to actually read a constitution before you take an oath of office in which you swear to uphold said document?

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 06:59:01 AM PDT

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