October 19, 2006

What Touchy Ted Didn’t Say About His Residency Yesterday at the DDN (DO NOT MISS UPDATE 2)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:17 pm

This post will stay at or near the top for the rest of Thursday.

Ted Strickland DID say he’s going to sue Ken Blackwell because a citizen in Columbiana County is challenging his (Strickland’s) voter registration there on residency (i.e., lack thereof) grounds:

Democrat Ted Strickland said Wednesday he plans to file a lawsuit against Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell, in his role as secretary of state, over a challenge to Strickland’s eligibility to vote.

“We’re going to sue you and we’re going to win,” Strickland, a U.S. House member from Lisbon, said as the two dueled verbally in a meeting with reporters and editors of the Dayton Daily News.

The two had a heated exchange over a challenge to Strickland’s voter registration filed by Jacquelyn Long of East Liverpool. Long’s son is a volunteer in his campaign, Blackwell said. But Blackwell said his campaign had nothing to do with the challenge.

An unanswered question is whether Strickland’s status as a registered voter could also affect his place on the Nov. 7 ballot.

“This is unbelievable,” said Strickland, who has residences in Lisbon and Columbus. “He knows that I am registered in Columbiana County … I pay rent in Columbiana County. I pay utility bills in Columbiana County … I am a qualified elector and qualified to be on the ballot as his opponent.”

Said Blackwell, “That’s a decision for the local board of elections.”

The idea that Blackwell can be sued over a matter in which he is not a party, and when in fact his office has turned the matter back over to Columbiana County so that its Board of Elections can do the job it was supposed to do the first time around, is a pretty good knee-slapper.

Given that this was a meeting at the offices of what is perhaps the furthest-left “major” newspaper in the state (I know, the competition from the Blade and the PD is fierce), I suspect that yesterday’s outburst was orchestrated by Team Strickland to get out a carefully calculated statement.

Regardless, take note of what Ted Strickland did NOT say:

  • “I pay income taxes in Lisbon.” He could not say that because he doesn’t. The Strickland campaign has acknowledged that he pays them in Columbus. It is on the record from matters that have transpired so far in the voter-registration dispute that he does NOT pay city income tax in Lisbon.
  • “The Lisbon apartment is my principal residence in Ohio.” He could not say that because it’s not; he told the property tax folks in his condo’s Columbus-area jurisdiction that the condo is his principal residence so that he could get a 2-1/2% property-tax reduction. He has also, I am told, consistently filed his federal and state income taxes listing the Columbus condo as his primary address.
  • “I LIVE in Lisbon.” (let alone “WE live in Lisbon”)

Stay tuned.


UPDATE: Lincoln Logs has further thoughts.

UPDATE 2: Whoa. Conservativeguy at RAB posts on a residency-related article in the Plain Dealer today with this remarkable pair of paragraphs –

(Complainant) Long’s attorney, Heather Heidelbaugh, said that if Strickland’s voting residency was overturned, he would not be a “qualified elector.” Only qualified electors can serve as elected officials in Ohio, although Heidelbaugh stopped short of saying that meant Strickland would be knocked off the ballot.

An Ohio State University professor who specializes in election law said it was “not likely” but “conceivable” that Strickland could be thrown out of his race against Blackwell if he is found ineligible to vote.

Go see who Conservativeguy thinks the OSU professor who apparently wished not to be named is.

UPDATE 2A: Needle time — The Plain Dealer has gone from “lame” to 2 full pages of coverage in 14 days.

UPDATE 3: It’s a couple days old, but there is a YouTube capture of a Youngstown station’s Tuesday story on the residency controversy that serves as a pretty good primer.

UPDATE 4: The Youngstown Vindicator has a report that’s heavy on details and a little light on clarilty. What I come away with is an impression that Team Strickland is trying to run out the clock.

Previous Residency-Related Posts:

- Oct. 18 — That ‘Lame’ Strickland Residency Story Has Travelled Quite a Bit
- Oct. 14 — Et Tu, AP?
- Oct. 14 — How Important Is It to Voters That a Congressional Candidate Live in the District?
- Oct. 13 — Oh, That ‘Lame’ Strickland Residency Controversy Is Getting Around Quite Nicely
- Oct. 6 — Should One Columbiana Co. BOE Member Disqualify Himself in the Strickland Complaint?
- Oct. 5 — Ted Strickland’s Ohio Gubernatorial Candidacy Challenged on Residency/Voting Grounds



  1. Yes. Sue because the Board of Elections is supposed to do their job. Just more proof that they don’t want the BOE doing the proper job. Me thinks Teddy is just a tad touchy on this subject.

    Comment by Conservative Culture — October 19, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

  2. [...] Also don’t miss BizzyBlog on the latest developments in the residency scandal, which is getting less “lame” by the minute. [...]

    Pingback by NixGuy.com » Super Index on Strickland-Foley Connection (10/19 Update) — October 19, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

  3. This issue is still ancillary to the election. The idea that Ted Strickland is any less appealing to voters because of his dual residency is laughable. Lacking any serious policy issues to entice voters to support Blackwell, this appears to be a last-ditch effort to remove the strongest player.
    Blackwell’s supporters have been watching too much Survivor.

    Comment by tw — October 19, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

  4. #3, I believe you are incorrect, and I’m working on why.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 19, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

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