Friday, October 15, 2010

Elections Commission Rules Against Ohio Democratic Party AGAIN

COLUMBUS—The Ohio Elections Commission today ruled that the smear campaign launched by the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) against State Rep. Todd Snitchler (R-Uniontown) is false. The ruling discredited a mailer comparing Snitchler to an image of a rat, which claimed that he was investigated three times in election-law violations and that he wrongly claimed to have held a leadership position in the Ohio General Assembly.

“I’m pleased by the ruling today, but it’s still very disappointing that a lawsuit had to occur to stop such a heinous character assault,” said Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee Director Mike Dittoe. “It is this sort of dirty political tactic that has made people resentful of politics and politicians. In my opinion, the ODP proved that they are deceitful and untrustworthy—neither of which the people of Ohio want in the Statehouse.”

The elections complaint was filed by North Canton resident Elizabeth Griffing, who contested numerous slanderous statements by the ODP. After a unanimous vote by the probable cause panel, the Ohio Elections Commission voted that these claims are, in fact, false and in violation of Ohio elections law.

“I believe that justice was upheld today,” said Griffing. “The Ohio Democratic Party has resorted to dirty politics to tarnish the reputation of a father, small business owner and genuinely concerned Ohio citizen, and they should be held accountable for resorting to dishonest politics.”