Controversy over House Speaker Vote Continues Not One Representative willing to Admit voting for Rosenberger in “Secret” Poll

Akron, OH – The controversy over next Monday’s, January 5, 2015, vote for Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives continues as not one Representative is willing to admit to their constituents that they intend to vote for the announced “secret” straw poll winner Cliff Rosenberger from Cincinnati. Several supporters of challenger Jim Butler have filled out and returned the Ohio Citizen PAC House Speaker survey. While citizens all over the state have been asking Representatives to explain who they intend to vote for and why, few have been willing to disclose this information to their constituents. Leading many to question “if those votes were not coerced through threats and bribes, why is no one willing to proudly stand and say that they support Rosenberger and explain why he is the best choice?” Reports continue to come in indicating that the Governor is choosing the new House Speaker and that Representatives are concerned about political retribution if they do not support the Governor’s man Cliff Rosenberger.

Leon Neisius from Fairfield County reported that “I spent almost two hours two days ago with Tim Schaffer, who will be the new House Representative for the Northern part of Fairfield County (district 77). I asked him who he voted for the House Speaker and he said they were in caucus and he could not reveal.  He did not say much except to make some remarks to the effect that the Governor’s men got involved.”

Chuck Laughlin from Lake County reported that he talked to Ron Young (R-61), a veteran of the Ohio House, and Young indicted that if he did not vote for Roseberger “he would lose his chance at a chairmanship and wouldn’t get any consideration on any legislation for his district.”

Gary Woodburn from Zanesville said “I have mailed (the) survey form to my representative Brian Hill (R-97) 3 times (twice by certified mail) and phoned his office. He has not responded.”  In his letter to Representative Hill, Mr. Woodburn asks his Representative if his vote for Speaker on January 5, 2015 will be consistent with Republican Values and raises the concerns about the values and voting record of the proposed Leadership team that were raised by Citizens for Community Values Action about Representatives Barbara Sears and Dorothy Pelanda. He refuses to answer.

Batchelder with Muzzle 1983 Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said “The total lack of transparency among our elected representative concerning what is in fact the most critical vote any of them will make in the next two years is reprehensible. Particularly in light of the shameful actions of the outgoing Speaker Bill Batchelder in the lame duck session before the holidays. In a move reeking of irony, Speaker Batchelder single handedly killed the Heartbeat Bill by intentionally failing to recognize Representative Matt Lynch who was attempting to make a motion to lawfully attach the Heartbeat Bill to another bill that ultimately passed and became law. A young Representative Bathchelder in 1983 was so outraged by Democrat Speaker Vern Riffe doing the same thing to him that he wore a dog muzzle on the House floor! Now as one of his final acts as Speaker, as Republican Speaker, he intentionally denied a Republican Representative his right to lawfully act in the interest of the citizens in his district and this state who support the Heartbeat Bill.

Furthermore, the same day, he used a parliamentary procedure to deny Representative John Adams the same right to attach a bill repealing CommonCore to another bill, even though most Republicans in the Ohio House ran on a platform opposed to the implementation of CommonCore in Ohio. The Governor wants CommonCore and Batchelder followed orders to the very end. Why would any Representative vote to continue this tyranny by the Governor, vote to give up their right to represent the views and values of their constituents, unless they were forced to do so?”

Zawistowski concluded “The outrageous and shameful actions of Speaker Batchelder demonstrate how important it is to have a co-equal independent Ohio House of Representatives as required by the Ohio Constitution. A place where all citizens can have their views represented. Instead it is clear, that the vast majority of our Representative’s first act, after swearing an oath to uphold the Ohio Constitution, will be to violate that oath, by giving into the threats and bribes of the Governor’s agents and allowing the Governor to dictate to them that they must vote for Cliff Rosenberger or face political retribution. Thus, dooming the House to the undignified role of simply being a rubber stamp for the Governor’s agenda for the next two years regardless of the wishes of the citizens they represent.  This is what is wrong with government and what citizens hate about government. The action on January 5, 2015 by our “Representatives” will confirm that our government is a fraud, that it does not work for the people, but only for the powerful and politically connected.  We in fact have NO Representation. Therefore we have no choice but to act to protect our Constitutional rights by changing the system and those within the system. We look forward to recruiting 2016 primary challengers for all those who vote for Rosenberger. What better platform to run on than the fact that the incumbent refused to uphold the Ohio Constitution and in his/her first vote they voted for a leadership team that goes against the very values that they ran on to get elected?”

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