Monday, October 30, 2006

Ohio Democratic Party Files Election Complaint Alleging Taylor Lied on Campaign Trail

COLUMBUS-Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission today alleging that Mary Taylor, Republican candidate for state auditor, purposely made false statement to voters about owning a construction business -- Welty Building Company. The Hearing in front of the Commission will be on Wednesday at 11:30 AM.

Seventeen press releases on Mary Taylor’s campaign website claim that “Taylor and her husband Don own and operate a construction management firm in the Akron area.” An additional press release quotes her as saying she is a “small business owner.” (4/6/06)

In a letter sent to the Ohio Democratic Party, Welty’s lawyer claimed that Mary Taylor ‘owns no interest in her husband’s business, and has not since December 31, 2004’.

The statement of ownership, and then Welty Building Company’s disavowal of her role in the company, leads to larger questions of her honesty on the campaign trail and as state representative.

“Mary Taylor is intentionally misleading voters about her qualifications and just can’t be trusted. Ohioans do not want more scandal and deceit and she should be ashamed by her campaign tactics,” said Redfern.

The complaint comes as Mary Taylor has struggled to explain her role in Letter-gate. She wrote and distributed a letter on official House stationary noting that ‘several of the Ohio Republican Party’s biggest supporters’ supported restoring funding to University of Akron’s Global Business Institute. It was later revealed that Welty Building Company was supposed to receive a $331,000 contract to build the Global Business Institute building.

The Ohio Democratic Party launched a website, detailing Taylor’s many ethical lapses.

Questions still need to be answered about whether or not Mary Taylor has violated the Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.42, a fourth degree felony.
§ 2921.42. Having an unlawful interest in a public contract
(A) No public official shall knowingly do any of the following:
(1) Authorize, or employ the authority or influence of his office to secure authorization of any public contract in which he, a member of his family, or any of his business associates has an interest;


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