Ohio Senator Steve Austria (R -7th District):
13 Feb. 2008
According to Congressional candidate John Mitchel (R-Beavercreek), former U.S. senator Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville), retiring Rep. Dave Hobson (R-Springfield),
endorsed successor candidate State Sen. Steve Austria (R-Beavercreek) and his spouse, and a variety of local GOP officials have had a long history of cronyism and a recent corrupt scheme that involves steering a no-bid contract to Hobson campaign contributors, which incident Mitchel equates with the corrupt activity that has landed former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) in federal prison. He has been demanding a full investigation, which he accuses local GOP officials of resisting in order to conceal the conflicts of interests and influence peddling that have occurred.
OH-07: Austria (R) Called Co-Conspirator in Corrupt Steering of No-Bid Contracts:
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Mitchel (R-Beavercreek), now running for the seat of retiring Rep. Dave Hobson (R-Springfield), charges that opponent State Sen. Steve Austria (R-Beavercreek) and his spouse Eileen are co-conspirators in a scheme to steer no-bid contracts to campaign contributors of Hobson, who supports Steve Austria in the race and has paid Eileen Austria large consulting fees. Mitchel compares the scheme to the steering of federal contracts by Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) that resulted in his resignation from Congress in November 2005 and guilty plea to federal conspiracy charges. Cunningham is serving an eight year prison sentence.
In an email to Greene County officials, following up on his request for a meeting to discuss requests for information on the matter, Mitchel describes his allegations this way:
Former California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is in federal prison for steering no-bid contracts toward his campaign contributors. Steve and Eileen Austria sit on the referenced advisory committee along with Sam Greenwood of the Greentree Group. They were instrumental in causing money transferred by Greene County to the Dayton Development Corporation to be used to award a large no-bid contract to Greentree Group, purportedly to assist in an effort to keep Wright Patterson Air Force Base open during the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process. Mitchel contends, however, that the base was in no real danger of closing, so the transactions in reality amounted to no more than an enormous transfer of public wealth to private hands.
Steve Austria, Kevin DeWine ignored constituents’ rights
Beavercreek, Ohio, Tuesday, January 8, 2008: Today congressional candidate John Mitchel criticized State Senator Steve Austria and Representative Kevin DeWine for failing to defend their constituents’ constitutional right to initiative petition. In March, 2005, Mitchel filed a grievance claiming that over 2,000 citizens were denied their right to place on the ballot an initiative to vote up or down on $14 million of Greene County tax dollars for financing The Greene, privately developed by Steiner and Associates.
Ohio Senator Steve Austria’s Bid for US Congress Turns to Desperate Sliming Politics: 2 March 2008
( from thestateofamericasfamily.wordpress.com)
Steve Austria is UNFIT for U.S. Congress and must be defeated
Steve Austria is attempting to get the Republican nomination for Congress in the 7th U.S. Congressional District, former seat of Dave Hobson (R-Springfield). Steve Austria is unfit to serve in the U.S. Congress amidst arising scandals of corruption in his position as Ohio Senator.
Ohio Representative Jon Husted (R -37th District):
- House speaker considers political blogs dangerous:
Earth to Jon Husted: we ain’t goin’ away my man. Things can only get better - worse for guys like you. (www.plunderbund.com). Jon Husted SHOULD be afraid of political blogs because with his actions in the Ohio General Assembly, they may soon put him out of work. Perhaps Jon Husted thinks free speech is dangerous too?
Sunday, July 30, 2006 — Ohio House Speaker Jon A. Husted is no fan of political blogs.
“I believe they’re overrated in some respects,” the Kettering Republican said during a taping Friday of ONN’s Capitol Square. “In high-profile campaigns, this is a way for people to use third parties to get bad information out about your opponent.”
The fact that people are paying attention to the blogs, Husted said, “is undermining the campaign process in terms of trying to advance ideas.”
“One of the things that is so frustrating when you’re running a campaign is when we get out there, we’re trying to decide who should lead our state, about the important issues of creating jobs and improving the future of this state — and we’re talking about whether or not Ted Strickland is gay on a blog.” he said. “That is not helpful.”
- The House speaker, Jon Husted, a young opportunist from Kettering in the Dayton area, was nailed by the Cleveland and Dayton papers for repeatedly accepting free flights and trips from his lobbyist pals. While Husted’s office denied at the time that the lobbyists were engaging in politics, I looked up their firms’ websites. One site proudly proclaimed that they could create personal relationships with legislators on behalf of their clients! Of course Husted’s office had no comment.
Since January, Speaker Husted, who is comfortably on his way to the gerrymandered and secure state Senate seat held by term-limited Jeff Jacobson, has made little secret in the shadows of Columbus’ watering holes about his desire to be Secretary of State.
But as the dynamic duo of Husted and Ohio Republican Party Prince Regent Kevin DeWine plot their way back to power – the combination of political Machiavellism and personal ambition may wind up burying both Ohio’s economy and the long alliance between struggling but still powerful (and personally wealthy) manufacturers.(from Progress Ohio)
Jon Husted is unfit to serve in the elected office amidst arising scandals of corruption and his opposition to free speech, in his position as Ohio Representative.
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