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Stainbrook takes control of Lucas County Republican Party

A political coup. Upheaval. Jocularity. (June 2008)

June 19 update: I have not been paying attention to the Stainbrook saga since June 15. Holy moly, it's almost as entertaining as a Stain show back in the 1990's. That's the thing about punkers. You may not like what they do, but at least it ain't boring.

September 2008

created by jr on Jun 15, 2008 at 04:18:40 pm
updated by jr on Dec 22, 2009 at 09:34:03 am
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Where did you get that cartoon?

posted by chrismyers on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:32:01 pm     #  

From my notebook.

posted by jr on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:00:51 pm     #  

The new Lucas County GOP chairman is making "progress" ...

Aug 21, 2008 - Toledo Blade - GOP fails to get Scotland on ballot :

The Lucas County Republican Party missed a deadline yesterday to place Jan Scotland's name on the Nov. 4 ballot to run for Lucas County commissioner, apparently leaving Democratic incumbent Tina Skeldon Wozniak to run unopposed. Ms. Wozniak's colleague, Peter Gerken, also a Democratic incumbent, already was on the ballot without Republican opposition in the Nov. 4 election.

But Jon Stainbrook, the newly elected county GOP chairman, denied that the deadline is final and said he would file a court action to compel the county board of elections to accept the filing late. He said the deadline exists to give the elections board time to print and proof-read the ballot and that because the ballot has not yet been certified, the board should accept Mr. Scotland's candidacy.

Linda Howe, director of the elections board, said that under state law the party chairman had until 4 p.m. yesterday to certify a GOP nominee to replace Joe Pellman, who won the March 4 Republican primary to run against Ms. Wozniak but who later withdrew. She said that on the advice of her attorney, county Assistant Prosecutor John Borell, and an attorney for the Ohio Secretary of State, she refused to accept the filing late.

Despite that, Mr. Stainbrook faxed candidacy papers for Mr. Scotland at 6:08 p.m.

Too funny. But wait, there's more ...

Mr. Stainbrook refused to admit he erred. He accused Ms. Howe of deliberately withholding knowledge of the deadline from him on someone's instructions. Ms. Howe said that allegation was not true.

The deadline is spelled out in the 2008 Ohio Election Calendar available from the Ohio Secretary of State's office. It cites Ohio Revised Code 3513.31 to say that 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 - 76 days before the election - is the deadline for a political party or independent candidate's nominating committee to certify the name of a person to fill a vacancy caused by the withdrawal of a candidate.

Mr. Stainbrook said that when he and Ms. Bensman learned of the deadline requirement shortly after 4 p.m., they requested permission to file late and initially were given approval, then submitted the filing after 6 p.m. by slipping it under the door, e-mailing it, and faxing it.

The best part ...

Mr. Stainbrook, a musician and self-employed public relations consultant, became party chairman in June following a bitter fight for control of the party's central committee, which elects the chairman. During that campaign, Mr. Stainbrook repeatedly accused the Republican elections board members and some Republican board employees of rendering assistance to his opponent's candidates for the central committee and of attempting to undermine his own candidates.

Yesterday he claimed that policy was continuing.

"It's showing they're saboteurs, that they'll do everything to throw a monkey wrench into my chairmanship or one of the candidates," Mr. Stainbrook said.

Yet, all Stainbrook needed was a 2008 Ohio Election Calendar available from the Ohio Secretary of State's office.

posted by jr on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:04:01 pm     #  

And so it goes ...

posted by jr on Sep 22, 2008 at 01:03:16 pm     #  

They are making a huge number of calls for McCain/Palin at hdqrts.

posted by CDog on Oct 08, 2008 at 05:37:43 pm     #  

Dec 21, 2009 - SwampBubbles - Paul Hoag And Jeff Simpsion Elected To Leadership Of The Lucas County Republican Party

posted by jr on Dec 22, 2009 at 09:36:34 am     #