Ohio Citizens PAC to Dispute Today’s “Vote” for Speaker of the Ohio House
Akron, OH – Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, released a statement indicating that his organization intends to dispute today’s “vote” for Speaker of the Ohio House. The announcement comes after the Ohio Republican Party controlled House Majority announce that Cliff Rosenberger has been “elected” in a secret ballot “vote” by the 65 Republican House Members who will be serving for the next two years. Including those who were just elected a week ago.
Zawistowski explained the reason for the challenge, “While it may be convenient for the Ohio Republican House Caucus to try to call what happened today a “vote” the fact is that is nothing more than a “straw poll” and is in no way legally binding on anyone. How can people who were just elected last week, but will not be sworn in until January or have even met the Speaker candidates, vote on anything involving the peoples business? The answer is that they can’t and they did not “vote” today. Otherwise they would not have to vote again in January.”
Zawistowski continued by saying, “The only reason for this charade was that the corrupt Republican “leadership” did not want to give citizens the opportunity to talk with their Representatives before voting. This is unacceptable for the citizens of Ohio as is the fact that they conducted a “secret ballot.” The only reason for a secret ballot was to avoid retribution by the Party and we find that unacceptable as well. We also understand that various House members may have been offered committee seats and other benefits for their “votes” today. This corruption in our state government must be stopped. Therefore, the Ohio Citizens PAC is going to stand up for Ohio citizens and ask Liberty Group leaders and members around the state to join other citizens in every Republican controlled House District in surveying their House members between now and January. We will be demanding to know who they are going to actually vote for in January and why, if they have been offered anything in return for supporting a particular candidate, and where they stand on key issues concerning all citizens, like common core, medicaid expansion, Photo Voter ID, taxing Oil and Gas, etc.”
Zawistowski concluded by explaining, “We will use our considerable resources to educate the public in each district about the positions held by their Representative and may even hold a public debate between Jim Butler and Rosenberger so that all citizens can learn the qualifications, beliefs, values and vision of those who wish to be the third most powerful political person in the state of Ohio. The citizens deserve no less than total transparency for what must be a co-equal, independent branch of Government.”