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Athens County Democrat Chairwoman to Chris Redfern: RESIGN!

November 5, 2009 at 9:45 am Matt

The Ohio University Post’s Caitlin McGlade reports that, the Chairman who is already under indictment is no fan of Chris Redfern’s:

Athens’ top Democrat rejected the state chairman’s call for her resignation yesterday, asserting that he should resign instead.

Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, released a statement yesterday asking County Chairwoman Susan Gwinn to leave, after a series of local controversies stirred up statewide interest. Redfern has spoken out against Gwinn for years; for running against incumbent Dave Warren for the county prosecutor seat, for her felony indictment and, most recently, for her involvement with an Ohio University College Democrats ploy to pay students who bring friends to vote.

“I was saddened to hear the latest chapter in what has been a long series of questionable actions on the part of Susan Gwinn during her time as Athens County Democratic Party Chairwoman,” he said in the statement. “For the good of the Party, I ask that she resign from her position effective immediately.”

Gwinn said she’s not moving.

“Frankly, I think he should resign,” she said.

For those of you unfamiliar with her other criminal activity:

The vote-buying conundrum would become her second case within the past few months.

The first left her indicted by a grand jury for laundering more than $27,000 in campaign contributions through personal bank accounts during her race for county prosecutor.

The special prosecutor on the case, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, who is also running as a Republican for Attorney General, offered Gwinn a deal that would reduce her three felonies and three misdemeanors down to one misdemeanor and a $100 fine. All she had to do was resign. She declined.

And to make matters worse, the Athens County Democrat Party establishment, especially Councilwoman Nancy Bain, are standing up for Gwinn:

Councilwoman Nancy Bain, D-3rd Ward, said she thinks Redfern’s request is inappropriate and political.

“I think running a person out of town for something that may or may not have happened — I think that is premature,” Bain said. “Maybe he should watch his premature moves.”[...]

But despite the controversy, the Democratic Party has largely stood behind Gwinn.

“I hope the party quits shooting itself in the foot,” Bain said.

It is likely that Redfern was not a fan of Gwinn long before she used College Democrats in an ACORNesque scheme to buy votes. But Chris’ willingness to quickly call for her resignation and reject the OU College Democrats argument that they weren’t breaking the law shows how extremely touchy Ohio Democrats are to accusations of corruption, as this is only tip of the iceberg.

Related posts:

  1. Former Athens County Democrat Chair Susan Gwinn Threatenes Student With Libel Suit
  2. Athens County Voter Fraud Fall Out
  3. An Addition to the Athens Voter Fraud Controversy
  4. Athens City Law Director, a Democrat, Calls Upon Athens Dem Chair Susan Gwinn to Resign
  5. The Many Hats of Chris Redfern

  • Hickmania

    “tip of the iceberg” … I agree … But, it has been well known, within Dem Party circles, that Chris Redfern has not been in love with Susan Gwinn for a long time. I'm not standing up for Ms. Gwinn regarding the current accusations. Instead I am just stating the facts as I know them starting in 2005.

    I particularly remember fierce intra-party battles between Gwinn, Redfern and others just before a forum, organized by the Ohio Honest Elections Campaign, for candidates to promote themselves for the then open Ohio Democratic Party Chair position which Redfern now holds. Ms. Gwinn was particularly vocal in her opposition against Redfern and ultimately endorsed Dennis Lieberman (not Redfern) at this forum which happened December 13th 2005 at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street, Columbus.

    Here's a decent recap of events going on back then which are still shaping the Ohio Dem Party's dysfunctional condition today. Lest we forget …
    http://watchodp.blogspot.com/2006/01/agony-and-...

    Note:
    Russell Hughlock aka. “pounder” and “staff” now makes a six figure income supposedly working (keeping quiet) in the office of current Attorney General Cordray

  • Hickmania

    Correction: Dennis Eckart endorsed Dennis Lieberman at the 2005 candidates forum. Susan Gwinn endorsed Lieberman at a later date.

    Regardless, Chris Redfern's ascent to the ODP Thrown, was rigged to the maximum using threats and bribes as well as underhanded strong-arm tactics. Young and cocky Chris Redfern, who never deserved to be ODP Chair, has always been a “yes man” for David Leland and Ted Strickland.

    More recently, Redfern has been further corrupted due to his wife's lobbyist activities for gambling interests related to putting slot machines at horse tracks. Also, remember that Todd Hoffman (formerly of the failed Ohio Lie and Earn “Learn and Earn” gambling issue) is now Chrissy Redfern's head of internet communications.

    I cannot remember the day when Todd Hoffman communicated something of substantive truth and integrity. Hoffman is scumbag maximus (and that's the truth). I will never understand what Redfern gained by hiring Hoffman's tainted self except for Todd's connection to pals like Bryan Clark (currently at Secretary of State Brunners office), Russell Hughlock (currently at Attorney General Cordray's office) and PlunderDUMB Eric Vessels (formerly at the ODP's annex… ProgressOhio)

  • Hickmania

    In a surprise hasty move to PlunderDUMB, Brian “ModernEsquire” Hester kicks BS Blog's Hughlock and Potts to the curb. Potts writes, its a “most tumultuous period of time” and “almost every major decision made at BSB… made by someone else”
    http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/shuffling_the_b...

    Will Hester the molester learn how to do PlunderDUMB Shuffle w/Buddha Belly Bubba?
    (See Eric Vessels – trying to “fly away” with “crazy” written over his shoulder)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDnEWFhZxZA

    Potts goes on to write: “Decline of Blogging As We Knew It Part 1: Identity Crisis.”
    http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/the_decline_of_...

    Potts reveals he and Nick Decenso “spent the whole week” (while covering Denver Democratic Convention) “fighting with ODP.” Apparently, the ODP was trying to exert control over them by making “it very clear that they didn’t want” (them covering the convention). Potts says “We’ve become sheep” instead of “shaking things up.”

    After years of misrepresentation and/or bald-faced lies being spewed by Hughlock, Hoffman, Clark, Kurtz, Hester and a host of others, my hat is off to David Potts.

    Now, I can rest my case against the BS Blog. Thank you for being honest David Potts, because few, if any, have ever come close to publishing in a realistic, fair and honest manner at the BS Blog.

  • Hickmania

    In a surprise hasty move to PlunderDUMB, Brian “ModernEsquire” Hester kicks BS Blog’s Hughlock and Potts to the curb. Potts writes, its a “most tumultuous period of time” and “almost every major decision made at BSB… made by someone else”rnhttp://www.buckeyestateblog.com/shuffling_the_bsb_deck_once_againrnrnWill Hester the molester learn how to do PlunderDUMB Shuffle w/Buddha Belly Bubba? rn(See Eric Vessels – trying to “fly away” with “crazy” written over his shoulder)rnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDnEWFhZxZArnrnPotts goes on to write: “Decline of Blogging As We Knew It Part 1: Identity Crisis.” rnhttp://www.buckeyestateblog.com/the_decline_of_blogging_as_we_knew_it_part_1_identity_crisisrnrnPotts reveals he and Nick Decenso “spent the whole week” (while covering Denver Democratic Convention) “fighting with ODP.” Apparently, the ODP was trying to exert control over them by making “it very clear that they didnu2019t want” (them covering the convention). Potts says “Weu2019ve become sheep” instead of “shaking things up.”rnrnAfter years of misrepresentation and/or bald-faced lies being spewed by Hughlock, Hoffman, Clark, Kurtz, Hester and a host of others, my hat is off to David Potts. rnrnNow, I can rest my case against the BS Blog. Thank you for being honest David Potts, because few, if any, have ever come close to publishing in a realistic, fair and honest manner at the BS Blog.

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    YaY! A David B. Hickman, Jr. sighting! How’d I miss this? We love you too Dave!

    http://www.plunderbund.com/2007/10/11/more-hick...

  • http://rightohio.com/2010/02/03/former-athens-county-democrat-chair-susan-gwinn-threatenes-student-with-libel-suit/ Right Ohio » Former Athens County Democrat Chair Susan Gwinn Threatenes Student With Libel Suit

    [...] with $5 to vote. All involved claim that isn’t true, but the situation was so awful that even Chris Redfern came out almost instantly demanding she resign. So maybe she should sue Chris Redfern [...]

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