Steve Christopher Continues Legal Challenge- Jennifer Brunner Looks Increasingly Ridiculous
From the Steve Christopher for Attorney General Campaign:
As of today, March 12, 2010, Steve Christopher has given his attorney, David Langdon of Cincinnati, photocopies of all of the petitions that were filed with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s office on February 18. Langdon attempted to work with the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to find a resolution to the lost or misplaced petitions. It was Christopher’s intent to have these petitions sent to the proper county Boards of Elections so that the signatures on the petitions could be properly validated.
A fair and equitable agreement could not be reached with the Secretary of State’s Office. Steve Christopher has authorized Langdon to proceed with court action to secure his rightful position on the May Republican primary ballot. Due to the extremely restrictive time restraints regarding election laws, Christopher has no further time to wait for a resolution. Langdon has filed a complaint for writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court on Christopher’s behalf.
And Dennis Willard has a good column on it today in the Akron Beacon Urinal:
Jeff Ortega, a spokesman for Brunner, said the office does not count or check the signatures because that responsibility falls on the local boards.
”Nothing was lost. Nothing was misplaced. Everything was handled according to a proper chain of custody and we can prove it,” Ortega said.
He said an employee asked Christopher how many signatures were collected and, after hesitating, Christopher said ”2,750” and that was the number written down.
Ortega said the 788 total signatures were sent out to be checked and the local election boards reported back to Brunner that Christopher had collected 638 valid signatures and 166 invalid signatures.
Ahem, that’s 804 total signatures. Ortega said he would check on those figures and he responded via e-mail.
Ortega emphasized the focus is on valid signatures.
”Those numbers were double-checked by our office. The number of valid signatures is what is reflected in the letter notifying candidates whether they are or are not on the ballot,” he wrote.
But the numbers don’t add up.
”There may be some discrepancies in some of the numbers sent to us by the counties, but these are minor calculating errors that will be addressed via amended work sheets that counties will submit in the near future,” Ortega wrote.
He noted that ”Medina County reported 96 valid signatures, 18 invalid, adding up to 104. It should have been 96 valid, 8 invalid, which does add up to 104. One other county, Hardin, reported 101 valid, 6 invalid, but added it up as 101. Of course, it should have been 107.”
Of course. Why didn’t I see that in the first place?
”Again, these are minor discrepancies that do not affect the number of valid signatures,” Ortega wrote.[...]
By the end of the day, Christopher did what any self-respecting attorney always does. He sued Brunner.
Rankin succinctly pinpointed the situation now.
”The numerous allegations made by Mr. Christopher and his supporters must now be proved in a court of law, where the party bringing the charges bears the burden to prove them,” Rankin noted.
In other words, this is no longer a ”he said, she said” debate.
Christopher is going to have to prove he was bumped from the ballot either through omission or commission in Brunner’s office.
For Christopher, this is the chance of a political lifetime. By winning, he can show he was wronged and demonstrate he has the skills, an abundance of skills needed, to actually be attorney general.
Relevant documents documents can be found below the fold:
Petitions filed by Steve Christopher for Ohio Attorney General.
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
- Part 5
- Part 6
- Steve Christopher Fights Back Against Jennifer Brunner’s Massive Screw-Up
- An Update on the Christopher/Brunner Issue
- It Appears that with Christopher’s Petitions, Jennifer Brunner Screwed the Pooch
- Steve Christopher Update- Confirmation of the Excel File & Personal Reports from Signature Collectors
- Steve Christopher, We Hardly Knew Ye