From The Dayton Daily News reports that resumes are being accepted!
The Ohio Senate is taking applications to fill former Sen. Bob Schuler’s seat. Schuler died in June after a long bout with cancer
Sen, President Bill Harris, R-Ashland, today, Aug. 3, announced the Ohio Senate Republican caucus will accept applications to fill the 7th Senate District seat, which is comprised of Warren County and the eastern portion of Hamilton County.
State Rep. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, is one of three candidates known to be interested in the vacancy. Michelle Schneider, former Madiera mayor and state representative, and former Mt. Lookout representative Tom Brinkman Jr. have confirmed they are seeking the seat.
Interested candidates will be screened by a committee of Republican senators on Monday, Aug. 10. In addition to Sen. President Harris, the committee will be comprised of President Pro Tempore Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, Majority Floor Leader Keith Faber, R-Celina, Majority Whip Mark Wagoner, R-Toledo, Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, Sen. John Carey, R-Wellston, and Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the full Republican caucus will vote to officially seat the individual recommended by the screening committee.
The dynamics of this appointment process are fascinating. And from whispers among the State House crowd, it is clear that Shannon Jones is a non-issue, and this seat already belongs to Michelle Schneider, who is wealthy enough to fund her own campaign and will break the fundraising caps.
While looking at the names of who is on this screening committee, it is interesting to note that it was those members of the Senate Leadership - Harris, Carey, Wagoner, Faber, and Niehaus – who were also the REPUBLICAN TRAITORS who cut a deal with Gov. Strickland and ignored the will of Ohio voters by allowing Gov. Strickland to, unconstitutionally, expand gambling by executive order. In addition, these five ignored the critical government reform that Bill Batchelder’s principled minority caucus was advocating, which would have harmed Strickland politically, kept the toxic budget debate on the front pages for at least three more months, and would have been a major step in the right direction of avoiding MASSIVE tax increases in 2011.
Without question, the best choice for this seat is former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who is founder of COAST, is responsible for important state government transparency legislation (HB 420), and is so anti-tax that he was violently punched in the face by former Speaker Larry Householder’s Chief of Staff because Tom refused to support Bob Taft’s massive tax increases!
While working as a State House employee, I marveled as Brinkman consistently voted “NO” on practically everything. However, Brinkman is so unwilling to give into the statist agenda that the pathetic Ohio Senate leadership will undoubtedly pick the loaded & politically-malleable Schneider.
Get out your checkbook Michelle, and welcome back to the legislature!