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Troopergate: Cathy Collins-Taylor Not Confirmed, Ted Strickland Shamelessly Reappoints Her Elsewhere

May 26th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Paul Aker on Channel 10:

Yesterday’s Senate hearing was a disgraceful display of ugly partianship by Senate Democrats. Unable to convince Republicans that Collins-Taylor, who called off a drug sting at the Governor’s mansion and who has been accused of lying under oath by an Inspector General with impeccable integrity, they resorted to name calling, cheap shots, and even crying on the floor of the Senate.

Senator Capri Cafaro ends her floor speech by suggesting that rejecting Collins-Taylor might send a message to young women that they should not become police officers. And Senator Shirley Smith, an eccentric drama queen, was visibly shaken and tearing up, accusing Republicans of simply scoring political points during an election year.

If any Republicans were playing politics, it was Senator Kevin Koughlin, fresh off his his recent efforts to bash John Kasich and glowing from endless newspaper endorsements for his creepy-crawly statist proposal to regulate the health of school lunches, is term limited and desperately seeking an appointment by Gov. Strickland. He may take over the organization that Rocky Saxbe, the lawyer who gave Collins-Taylor an undisclosed discount for his services, started in 2006, “Republicans for Strickland.”

What is most alarming is that Gov. Strickland’s hyper-political administration already had a new job lined up for Collins-Taylor on the Ohio Parole Board. And this is to be expected, as Collins-Taylor’s husband, Mike, runs the Fraternal Order of Police and Strickland would like to maintain that organization’s public support, even though privately there are serious battles happening inside the FOP after their letter to support Collins-Taylor was written without proper board approval.

Gov. Strickland’s administration also gave a minor slap on the wrist to the corrupt top attorney for the Ohio Department of Public Safety Josh Engel, after he conspired to leak a classified Department of Homeland Security document to the Inspector General, in hopes that the IG would release it and thus be prosecuted federally. What was his punishment? Some time off from work and a tiny pay cut.

What is great fun about the internal investigations about the serious, credible allegations against Engel is that the report is sent to Larry McCarthey. Who is Larry? He was convicted on corruption charges while shaking down public contractors for Gov. Dick Celeste. Yeah… That guy is really going to clean house at the ODPS!

So to review, Collins-Taylor gets a new job, Engel gets a minor demotion, but State Highway Patrol officer Major Booker, after 33 years of exceptional service, gets canned from his job 2 weeks before his retirement after accusations were made that he leaked information about the politically motivated calling-off of a drug sting at the Governor’s mansion.

Gov. Strickland learned from the errors of Gov. Taft, and changed procedures so investigations such as these always end up going through the Governor’s office so they can be analyzed and covered up by dirt-bag legal eagles such as Kent Markus. This is Gov. Strickland exposed for raw politics and corruption of the highest order. Strickland’s actions are shameless, and this story is far from over.

Troopergate: Cathy Collins-Taylor Ready to Testify- Who is Paying Her Lawyer, Rocky Saxbe?

May 19th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Plain Dealer:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Public Safety director Cathy Collins-Taylor says she is ready for her confirmation hearings before the Ohio Senate that start Wednesday, but she hopes to get a fair shot at arguing for her job.
“I’d like to think I’m going to get a fair hearing,” Collins-Taylor said Tuesday. “I don’t have a whole lot of confidence based upon past hearings and the antics leading into this week.”
Collins-Taylor has reason to worry since the release of a report last month from Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles that concluded Collins-Taylor, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, lied about her involvement in a decision to cancel a patrol investigation at the governor’s mansion in January.
“I’m appalled. I’m offended. And I would call the report an opinion. That’s all it is. And I am outraged by it,” Collins-Taylor said in her first public comments since the report was released. She said the report is filled with inaccuracies easily dispelled by transcripts of interviews the inspector general’s office conducted and other evidence it did not consider.
Charles stands by his investigators’ a probe into Collins-Taylor’s handling of the canceled January police sting at Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s suburban Columbus home.

I’m in the committee hearing room now, sitting a few rows away from Cathy’s lawyer, Rocky Saxbee. Son of Nixon’s Attorney General, he made his fortune with Attorney General Betty Montgomery’s unconstitutional lawsuit against the tobacco

The FOP, Run by Cathy Collins-Taylor’s Husband, Defends Cathy Collins Taylor

May 13th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio’s chief is Mike Taylor, who is also the husband of Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor.

And it is journalist malpractice that no media coverage of today’s story (see here and here) mentioned the close family relationship involved here.

I used to have a lot of respect for the FOP, but as we saw with the casino ballot issue or the 2009 Columbus city income tax increase issue, they are not above playing politics.

And no matter what her hubby’s organization thinks, she LIED under oath and should face serious consequences:

Kent Makrus told Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor about sting

March 25th, 2010 Matt View Comments

I’ve had a lot to say about Ted Strickland’s dirt bag legal eagle Kent Markus, and it looks like the media is catching up to him, complete with emails. Read more here from Randy Ludlow.

Ted Strickland’s Drug Non-Sting Cover Up & Kent Markus

February 21st, 2010 Matt View Comments

Kent Markus, the bearded man who will sink Ted Strickland's campaign

The story is exploding!

Former State Highway Patrol superintendents say the agency’s reputation for independent, nonpolitical law enforcement is being tarnished by interference from political appointees.

Seven of the eight living retired colonels who led the patrol from 1965 to 2009 have united to send their message to troopers, state leaders and Ohioans via a new Web site: troopertotrooper.com.

Secrecy surrounding the selection of a new superintendent, failure to investigate a case of “obvious fraud” by a state contractor and the scuttling of a planned sting at the Governor’s Residence prompted the ex-colonels to go public with their concerns.

“These concerns confirmed our suspicions that the long and corrupting tentacles of political interference at the operational levels and inner workings of the patrol had finally taken root,” said Thomas W. Rice, superintendent from 1989 to 1994.

The ex-colonels led the patrol for more than half of its existence, since troopers first were dispatched to Ohio’s roads in 1933.

They say that the patrol is being micromanaged and subjected to “external meddling” — the likes of which they never experienced under any governor, Democrat or Republican.[...]

Dicken and his boss, Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor, have refused to speak with The Dispatch since his appointment was announced on Dec. 23. They again declined to be interviewed, but the Public Safety Department provided a statement.

“Part of the problems and issues has been conflicts between the patrol and other divisions, or management of the department. Those conflicts no longer exist. We’ve moved past the issues that created them and because of that, do not believe it’s appropriate to continue to re-hash them publicly.”

Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said he has confidence that Dicken and Collins-Taylor, who was appointed in September, can lead the patrol beyond the “turf wars” between ousted Public Safety Director Henry Guzman and former Col. Richard H. Collins, who is not related to Collins-Taylor.[...]

The former No. 1 and No. 2 patrol leaders trace problems to Strickland’s 2007 appointment of Guzman and the team he assembled.

“All of a sudden, we needed to be fixed. It was a daily thing. It is a daily thing,” said William Costas, who retired last month as a lieutenant colonel.

From promotions to discipline of troopers to restricting patrol leaders’ contact with legislators, Collins said he regularly clashed with Guzman, assistant director George Maier and department lawyer Joshua Engel.

Public Safety adopted a policy forbidding patrol investigators from consulting prosecutors or conducting criminal probes of state Public Safety workers unless authorized by the department director or Kent Markus, Strickland’s chief lawyer.

Read more here.

You should remember the Henry Guzman name from the corruption and incompetence that lead to thousands of illegal aliens being given drivers licenses and plates.

Gov. Strickland’s political appointees having this much control over an investigation is scandalous, and is another sign of Ted’s poor leadership. And how ridiculous is it to tip off criminals prior to drug raids?

On top of Strickland’s incompetence, all fingers in this case are clearly pointing at Kent Markus, Strickland’s Harvard-trained lawyer.  Kent, a far-left kook, started as Lee Fisher’s chief counsel in the Attorney General’s office until Lee lost to Betty Montgomery in 1994. Then, he worked as US Attorney General Janet Reno’s Chief of Staff at the Justice Department.

After that, he joined the faculty of Capital University Law School and ran an adoption legal center funded by the late-Dave Thomas of Wendy’s. He was well known to be a jerk as a professor, and frequently would play politics with the adoption center- For example, he would frequently “forget” to tell then-Rep. Deb Pryce or Betty Montgomery when meetings were, even though they were both on the board. The stories about his general douchebaggery are endless.

And this is from Joe Hallett’s column from June 14, 2009, involving pressure Markus put on disgraced former Ohio Lottery Director Dolan to LIE about how the Intralot contracts were rigged:

For example, if our fishing crew could get Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan and Kent Markus, Gov. Ted Strickland’s chief legal counsel, into one of our boats, we would ask a simple question: Which of you is lying?

A year ago, Dolan persuaded Ohio lawmakers to buy $11.6 million worth of equipment to launch the state’s Keno game. Dolan later testified in court that he knew when he appeared before lawmakers that the lottery planned to change vendors and the new one likely wouldn’t be able to use the new equipment.

Dolan told The Dispatch he was instructed by Markus not to tell lawmakers the state was switching lottery vendors. Markus said that’s not true. The new lottery contract smells fishy; state Inspector General Thomas P. Charles ought to dive in.

Kent was at the center of the drivers license issue, he totally screwed up the Racetrack/VLT issue which Strickland was going to use to fill holes in the state budget, was involved in corruption at the Ohio Lottery… And now it appears he is practicing a HIGHLY UNETHICAL and illegal form of heavy handed politics on Ted’s behalf in regards to criminal investigations.

There is so much more to this story and it is already a nightmare for Gov. Ted Strickland. Stay tuned!

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