Last week, I introduced you to B.J. Schuerger.
Today, Lyndsey Teter in The (Columbus) Other Paper has a fascinating update as to what’s going on in the Franklin County Democrat Party:
First, the gathered officials told Anthony that they didn’t want him serving as both the county’s elections chief and the party chairman. And second, they did not want Robert “B.J.” Schuerger to be Anthony’s successor.
It appears that message hasn’t resonated completely.
Anthony certainly didn’t look like a man who was preparing to step down as chairman of the Franklin Party Democrats Tuesday evening. Behind a podium at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall, Anthony presided over a group of more than 100 Democrats at a Central Committee meeting, as party endorsements were handed out rapid-fire in more than a dozen races. He’d spent much of the afternoon setting up his executive office at the county Board of Elections, after being named the BOE’s director—as predicted—last week.
“I intend to stay on as chairman,” he said after the meeting.
Although there’s precedent—party chairmen serve administrative roles at boards of election in other counties around Ohio—working as the ultimate partisan while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county’s elections board would put Anthony and the party in a position ripe for questioning, party sources are saying.
Mayor Mike Coleman is staunchly opposed to Schuerger. And when B.J. was asked about his involvement in the State Senator Capri Caparo/mafioso fundraising scandals, he said:
“I’ve done nothing wrong,” Schuerger said Tuesday. He emphasized the “blood, sweat and tears” he’s put into the county party, saying he hoped the Central Committee would recognize that when making a decision about the next county leader of the party.