Ohio Citizens PAC Defends Kraus in face of Indictment

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Ohio Citizens PAC Stands with Steve Kraus in Face of Indictment of Newly Elected Representative

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, announced today his organizations firm commitment to stand with newly elected Ohio Representative Steve Kraus who has been indicted by a grand jury in Ottawa County on burglary charges. Zawistowski said “The idea that Steve Kraus, who makes his living as an auctioneer, would risk his business and personal income by committing a petty theft, while in the middle of the highest profile election in Ottowa County is just ridiculous on it’s face. Anyone who knows Steve Kraus, as I do, knows that he is a person of unquestioned integrity and honesty. It is our belief that this entire event is politically motivated and that Steve will be found innocent of the charges. Unlike the cowards in the Republican Party who never stand and defend one of their own, even when they are falsely attacked, we proudly stand with Steve Kraus and will do everything in our power to aid his legal efforts to fight off this attempt to destroy his reputation. We look forward to having Steve representing the citizens of Ottawa and Erie counties in the Ohio House for years to come.”

Zawistowski went on to say “The back story on this despicable attempt to destroy the reputation of good man, is that he is being attacked simply because he “dared” to challenge the political machine. Steve Kraus was challenging Chris Redfern, the powerful Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party who is known to be a bully. His crony, Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, sat on this case from July until September before releasing it to the public right before the election, in an attempt to intimidate Kraus into dropping out of the race or at least destroying his chances of winning. Unfortunately for Redfern and Mulligan, the voters in Ottowa and Erie county knew from personal experience how corrupt Redferm and Mulling are and believed Steve when he declared his innocence and elected him. Now the Ohio Republican Party, who had little interest in defeating the Ohio Democratic Chairman despite having polling that showed a good chance for a win, is “gleeful” about the charges against Kraus, because they would love the chance to keep anyone they don’t control from serving in the Ohio House  by appointing their own party hack to replace Steve if convicted.”

Zawistowski, concluded by saying “I am humbled by the courage of Steve Kraus as he stands up against the unbelievable corruption in both political parties in Ohio for the benefit of common citizens. He is a man of strong faith and conviction and I, and the 2,000,000 voters in Ohio who support the TEA Party, will do everything in our power to support him. We in the TEA Party have been the target of the politics of personal destruction at every turn but our message is clear. We will not be intimidated, we will not surrender our constitutional rights to participate in the electoral process, and we will continue to recruit, support, elect and hold accountable representatives at all levels of government who will stand on principle and act in the best interests of the citizens.”

Zawistowski, concluded by saying “I am humbled by the courage of Steve Kraus as he stands up against the unbelievable corruption in both political parties in Ohio for the benefit of common citizens. He is a man of strong faith and conviction and I, and the 2,000,000 voters in Ohio who support the TEA Party, will do everything in our power to support him. We in the TEA Party have been the target of the politics of personal destruction at every turn but our message is clear. We will not be intimidated, we will not surrender our constitutional rights to participate in the electoral process, and we will continue to recruit, support, elect and hold accountable representatives at all levels of government who will stand on principle and act in the best interests of citizens.”

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