Ted Strickland in Bed with Mrs. Chris Redfern
From the AP:
As state leaders previously opposed to gambling struggled to balance an ailing state budget, lobbyists representing an array of gambling interests swarmed the Ohio Statehouse promising that money from their devices would help plug the deficit.
Legislative records reviewed by the Associated Press show racetracks, lottery vendors, casino developers, bowling alleys and tavern game operators all are among those who peddled plans to Gov. Ted Strickland, other executive agencies or to legislative leaders.
Those who lobbied hardest appear to have been heard.
Lobbying activity reports filed with Legislative Inspective General Tony Bledsoe, for example, show that representatives of Mountaineer Gaming, owners of the Scioto Down horse track in Columbus, and Intralot, the lottery vendor that would benefit from Strickland’s racetrack slots proposal, were actively lobbying the governor in the first quarter of this year.
One of Mountaineer’s lobbyists is Kimberly I. Redfern, wife of state Democratic chairman Chris Redfern.
As a reminder, Strickland’s support of gambling is a total flip-flop on his campaign promises.
After inheriting a fortune from the tragic death of her first husband, Kim Redfern, who was something of a Republican at one time, has no guiding principles other than personal greed, has made a tidy business for herself thanks to her husband’s powerful position. The stories I’ve heard about Mrs. Redfern are astonishingly unethical, and its nice that the MSM is finally noticing what, in their view, would have been outrageously scandalous if Chris was a Republican.