Josh Mandel Hiring: Democrats File 9th Request For Records
Huffington Post – Ohio Democrats on Tuesday filed their ninth request for the resumes of those appointed by state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), the Tea Party favorite running for U.S. Senate.
In a letter to Seth Metcalf, Mandel’s general counsel, the state Democratic Party asked for the resumes of 34 people Mandel appointed to posts in the treasurer’s office, noting that their eighth request from May 3 has not been answered by Metcalf. Democrats have been seeking the resumes for more than a year, with reports surfacing earlier this year that Mandel awarded state jobs to political staffers and longtime friends, including Metcalf, who he went to college with. Mandel is challenging U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D).
Democrats accuse Metcalf of ignoring the requests.
“Although you have still not responded to our eighth public records request for this information, which we sent on May 3, 2012, you responded to a media inquiry by The Toledo Blade on the exact same day regarding the 34 resumes which we are requesting, a fact that concerns us and leads us to believe that you are deliberately ignoring our requests,” Democratic Party researcher Michael Carrozzo wrote to Metcalf. “As a reminder, Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 directly states that responses to public records request shall be ‘promptly prepared and made available “within a reasonable period of time.'”