Athens County Democrat Chairwoman to Chris Redfern: RESIGN!
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.