October 5, 2006

Ted Strickland’s Ohio Gubernatorial Candidacy Challenged on Residency/Voting Grounds

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:15 am

Lincoln Logs has the news on a topic that BizzyBlog readers know has been a hot button for me ever since Carpetbagger Bob McEwen attempted to highjack Ohio’s Second Congressional District GOP primary in June of 2005 by buying a residence in the District shortly before the filing deadline after RESIDING in Northern Virginia as a private citizen for 12 years. It continues to anger me that congressional candidates like Tammy Duckworth in in IL-06 and Charlie Wilson in OH-06 are running for those respective seats as non-residents who don’t even plan to move into the districts they still think they can “serve.”

This time the candidate in question with residency AND voter-registration issues, something that came back to haunt McEwen in his second primary run a few months ago, is, ironically, the person who ended Bob McEwen’s congressional career in 1992.

That would be Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland:

Democrat Challenges Ted Strickland’s Residency

LISBON – Democrat Jaquelyn Long of East Liverpool today challenged the candidacy of gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland to the Columbiana County Board of Elections because of allegations of election fraud in Columbiana County.

“I am tired of seeing political commercials of Ted Strickland claiming he lives in Lisbon when he actually resides in Columbus,” said Long. This is exactly why I filed this challenge against him. He doesn’t pay taxes here, so he shouldn’t vote here.”

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code R.C. 3503.24(C), Long asked the Columbiana County Board of Elections to remove Ted Strickland’s name from the registration list and concel his voter registration…..

There’s much more at Lincoln Logs, and I suspect there will be a lot more elsewhere before too long.

Perhaps knowledge of his vulnerability on ths matter explains Ted Strickland’s waffling on entering the gubernatorial race in the summer of 2005. If so, he should have either cleaned up the mess, or listened to that little voice saying “Don’t do it.”

Similar items about Strickland surfaced a couple of months ago (here, here, and here, for starters), but then faded into the background, for no apparent reason I could determine. Despite the brickbats that will inevitably be thrown at the GOP, even though it is a purported Democrat who is bringing the Columbiana County complaint, the better question is why the Ohio Democratic Party didn’t fully vet Strickland’s shaky residency situation at least a year ago and insist that the candidate either clear up any ambiguities or drop out. Or does ODP really think these things don’t matter?

At the very least, Strickland appears to have represented a district he has chosen not to live in for some time; voters in previous 6th District congressional elections who think residency matters deserved to know in 2004, and perhaps even earlier, they were voting for an after-the-fact carpetbagger if that is indeed the case. At most, Strickland’s actions could conceivably make him ineligible to be on the ballot as a gubernatorial candidate 33 days from now.

Ohio’s voters deserve to have the issues involved fully resolved to their lawful conclusions before the election.

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UPDATE: This AP profile, using info one would assume was given to it by the candidate, says that Strickland “now lives in Lisbon.” At the very least, given what he previously told the Columbus Dispatch about his Columbus-area condo, that’s some serious dissembling:

For example, Strickland said he and his wife do not live apart nor does she live in Kentucky as the e-mail said. When he is not in Washington, the couple lives in a rental property in Ohio or in a condo they own in Columbus.

It seems odd that the reporter wasn’t told where “in Ohio” the rental property is located.

UPDATE 2: Good question — Electoral fraud, or tax fraud?

UPDATE 3: The Lisbon Morning Journal’s coverage is here (HT Pullins Report).

UPDATE 4: The Blackwell Blog has the siren up. Matt at Lincoln Logs reports that the Cleveland Plain Dealer considers the story “lame.” NO, reporting that someone who is still living and breathing is dead (as the PD admits to in the post; the original reference to Mr. Lukens’ death at a previous post has apparently been removed) is lame.

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9 Comments

  1. The beauty of this pickle that Strickland got himself in is that I am willing to accept whatever Strickland wants to do.

    Either he committed a fourth degree felony by voting illegally several times in Columbiana County when he lives in Columbus OR

    He committed tax fraud by applying for and receiving the 2.5% property tax reduction.

    Which is it Ted? Election fraud or Tax fraud?

    Comment by Matt Dole — October 5, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  2. I’m not. If the electoral case is valid, it should rule. Tax fraud can be spun into a “clerical error,” and can be “made right” with penalties, interest, etc.

    Violating the fundamentals of our electoral franchise cannot be repaired. If he voted in Lisbon and didn’t have the right to, no amount of money or contrition will enable him to take it back.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 5, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  3. [...] Bizzyblog Lincoln Logs has the news on a topic that BizzyBlog readers know has been a hot button for me ever since Carpetbagger Bob McEwen attempted to highjack Ohio’s Second Congressional District GOP primary in June of 2005 by buying a residence in the District shortly before the filing deadline after RESIDING in Northern Virginia as a private citizen for 12 years. It continues to anger me that congressional candidates like Tammy Duckworth in in IL-06 and Charlie Wilson in OH-06 are running for those respective seats as non-residents who don’t even plan to move into the districts they still think they can “serve.”This time the candidate in question with residency AND voter-registration issues, something that came back to haunt McEwen in his second primary run a few months ago, is, ironically, the person who ended Bob McEwen’s congressional career in 1992. [...]

    Pingback by NixGuy.com » Strickland’s Residency Problem — October 5, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  4. Seems as if you all are grasping for straws.

    Comment by James — October 5, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

  5. #4, you alone of all in the universe appear to be making that observation about Blackwell, whose along with his campaign caught Strickland in more than a half-dozen false or misleading statements during the debate, which is why I am not posting your characterization of Blackwell, unless and until you have and show evidence.

    As to the election and residency claims, the facts are what the facts are, and the Columbiana County BOE will have to sort through all of it. It would appear that either he IS a resident of Lisbon and has been lying to Franklin County about the nature of his condo, or he is a resident of Franklin County and illegally voted in Lisbon.

    So YOU pick your straw to grasp at.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 5, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  6. [...] Bizzy Blog This time the candidate in question with residency AND voter-registration issues, something that came back to haunt McEwen in his second primary run a few months ago, is, ironically, the person who ended Bob McEwen’s congressional career in 1992. [...]

    Pingback by Conservative Culture » Strickland’s To Be Charged with a Felony? — October 6, 2006 @ 8:54 am

  7. Democrat Challenges Ted Strickland’s Residency…

    Now your telling me that a minister wouldn’t lie about his residency? I can tell you from personal experience that one of my local friends refuses to take checks especially from ministers. It’s time to answer the most basic of answers are given,……

    Trackback by Tweeter — October 6, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  8. Mr. Strickland is running for a statewide office. Both Lisbon and Columbus are still in Ohio, last time I checked. Trying to defeat a candidate with apparently overwhelming support statewide with something so small and open to interpretation as this issue would rank right up there with, I don’t know, maybe requiring 20# paper stock for voting forms or quibbling over what the definition of “is”, is.

    Comment by Gary Goldberg — October 17, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  9. #8, Gary, if he has been registered to vote in Lisbon and should not have been, that is illegal, and has been illegal, including his vote in 2004. That would be known in some quarters as a *crime*.

    Not living in your district as a congressman (Strickland did not tell his district where he lived until he began his guv run) is fatal to a congressional candidate if voters know about it:

    (Type SUSA into the blog search — I can\’t put links into edited comments for some reason)
    If voting matters are *small* I wish the people beating up on Blackwell over made-up voting problems would shut up and go on to more *important* things.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 17, 2006 @ 11:02 am

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