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Former Strickland Administration Official Faces Indictment, Blamed for Mahoning Co. Financial Nightmare

May 27th, 2010 Matt View Comments

John Reardon is the guy who Gov. Ted Strickland thought was  most qualified to be superintendent of financial institutions at the Ohio Department of Commerce, where Ohio’s banks, mortgages brokers and related consumer finance companies are regulated.

When appointed, Strickland praised Reardon:

“John will see that regulations are fair to both consumers and Ohio’s small and large financial institutions,” Strickland said. He will work hard to see that our families and our economy continue to benefit from Ohio’s great financial institutions.”

And now, he could be in serious legal trouble:

Two current Mahoning County officials and one former county official, who opposed the county’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place four years ago, say the accumulated costs of buying, operating and maintaining the former hospital since then have substantiated their objections.

The county can ill afford those costs at a time of financial crisis, they said.

At a Tuesday news conference at the Covelli Centre, Commissioner John A. McNally IV, Auditor Michael V. Sciortino and former county Treasurer John B. Reardon also emphatically denied any wrongdoing with regard to their opposition.

To date, the county has spent $9,961,541 on Oakhill and collected $4,393,051 in rent from its occupants for a net expenditure to date of $5,568,490, according to figures from the county auditor’s office.

The expenses include utilities, maintenance and repairs, debt payments and architectural and legal fees.

An additional $5,809,671 in costs looms for real-estate taxes incurred before the county bought the building, an Ohio Department of Development loan, interest on capital bonds and remaining renovations, the auditor’s figures show.[..]

In 2006, Reardon recalled he said a new $15 million county-owned-and-operated office building would have been much cheaper than acquiring, maintaining and renovating Oakhill.

Sciortino said the Oakhill purchase is the county’s equivalent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

“We are in our disaster right now. We are in a complete financial meltdown,” he said.[...]

McNally, Sciortino and Reardon said they have not been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, and they are declining the special prosecutors’ invitation to testify before the panel.

Sciortino said he won’t accept the invitation because he believes “the invitation itself was not fair and was disingenuous at best.”

Reardon, Sciortino and McNally said the Oakhill special prosecutors — Paul M. Nick and Dennis P. Will — have not made any plea-bargain offers to them under which they could plead guilty to an information rather than face a possible indictment. The filing of an information usually means the defendant won’t contest the charges.

Why all the fuss? Because it appears Reardon’s intention was to help the financial interests of Senator Capri Cafaro’s mafioso family’s financial interests. Read more here.

X RATED GIRLS, Ted Strickland, Justice Eric Brown & Judicial Misconduct

May 24th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Per the Ohio Code of  Judicial Conduct, judges are not allowed to directly ask for campaign contributions. But the AP reports that newly appointed Ohio Chief Justice Eric, who has very limited experience as a judge, has already violated that rule:

A judicial candidate shall not personally solicit or receive campaigncontributions. A judicial candidate may establish a campaign committee to manage andconduct a campaign for the candidate, subject to the provisions of this Code. Thejudicial candidate is responsible for ensuring that his or her campaign committeecomplies with applicable provisions of this Code and other applicable law.

This Associated Press story is just hitting the wires tonight:

Ohio’s newly appointed chief justice made personal telephone solicitations to a recent campaign fundraiser, in apparent violation of judicial campaign restrictions.

In audio released Monday by the Ohio Republican Party, Democrat Eric Brown is heard asking a supporter to attend the $1,000-a-head event at Martini Park in Columbus on May 14. Under Ohio law, judicial candidates cannot directly ask for or receive campaign contributions.

Campaign consultant Don Spicer said Brown did not violate the rules. He said Brown did not mention money on the call and people were not required to make a donation to attend.

Spicer called it a misunderstanding and said Brown would make no similar calls in the future.

The Republican Party says the audio was dropped off at its office anonymously.

The event was held at Martini Park at Easton, and Gov. Ted Strickland received top billing as a host for the event on May 14. But Oddly enough, at the same location on the same day was this X Rated Girls Night Out event!

Gov. Ted Strickland, Justice Brown & Some Fine Ladies?

Why would Democrats feel it appropriate to host an event where scantily clad and potentially X RATED women were dancing? How close to these women did Ted Strickland get? I understand that Ted Strickland and his wife have no children, but does he have no concern for how young women might be treated at such events?

Chief Justice Moyer died on April 2, and Eric Brown is already disgracing the position once held by a legend and distinguished jurist with illegal fundraising practices and X Rated excitement.

I’ll post more details and audio as they become available.

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