Chris Redfern responds to Josh Mandel’s joke of a column

Chris Redfern wrote a Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to a ridiculous and sad column Josh Mandel had written in the Canton Repository. I think Josh was trying to explain himself or something, but he wound up being who he is at the core - a sad pathetic liar. One of my favorite parts of his column was:

”I take very seriously the responsibility of empowering citizens to see how their hard-earned money is being spent.

In fact, that was one of the main reasons I launched the Treasurer’s Transparency Project”

*Laughter*

Josh, ask anyone with half a brain and they’d say your “Transparency Project” was a blatant attempt to humiliate public workers. Another cute little lie from, Josh Mandel - - seriously what color is the sky in your world?

Anyway, following is part of the LTE with a link to the full version on the Repository’s web site.

"Chris Redfern is chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. He is responding to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s April 20 column, “Ohio treasurer’s team is professional, experienced.”

By CHRIS REDFERN

As chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party since 2005, I’ve seen wildly ambitious political figures before — folks who will do or say anything to get elected. Never have I witnessed an individual so willing to lie and distort the truth than our absentee treasurer, Josh Mandel.

If you’ve been following the Senate race, you know that for almost a month now, Mandel has been embroiled in a cronyism scandal stemming from a March 31 investigative story that appeared in The Dayton Daily News, “Treasurer Mandel under scrutiny for hiring practices.”

The report revealed that, after repeatedly slamming his opponent in the 2010 treasurer race for alleged cronyism and promising to operate his office differently, Mandel broke his pledge to voters, hired numerous unqualified political cronies and awarded them top jobs in the treasurer’s office.

Last week, in response to a Repository editorial that questioned whether he was deliberately hiding résumés of staffers he has hired in light of the scandal, Mandel wrote, with a seemingly straight face, “For the Ohio Democratic Party to imply and The Repository to repeat the implication that our office is attempting to hide any personnel records is blatantly false and simply wrong.”
Mandel is lying, and he knows it.

STILL WAITING

In an effort to resolve whether staffers Mandel hired after his swearing-in were qualified or simply politically connected, the Ohio Democratic Party filed its first of seven public-records requests for Mandel office hires in April 2011, more than a year ago.

Eight months later, in January 2012, the treasurer’s office threw us a bone, “releasing” 18 disks containing a whopping 41,000 pages of information, a disclosure Mandel touted in last week’s column. What he deliberately failed to mention was that more than 40,000 of those pages were irrelevant and unnecessary salary information that we never requested. The so-called disclosure contained just 12 of the résumés we had requested through numerous and specific public-records requests spanning months.

With our suspicions of cronyism in the treasurer’s office under Mandel confirmed following the Dayton Daily News investigation, we filed our seventh public-records request for staffers he hired earlier this month. In what shouldn’t come as a surprise, we’re still waiting for a response, as well as the nearly 50 staff résumés we have requested for more than a year.

The facts are as they are. After pledging to hire only the most-qualified financial professionals, Mandel did the exact opposite and hired political cronies and friends. Until he finally discloses the résumés — and qualifications — of the remaining 50 staffers whom he hired at taxpayer expense, Ohioans are left wondering just how deep cronyism runs in the treasurer’s office under his watch."

The rest of the article can be found here:

http://www.cantonrep.com/opinion/x596785300/Treasurer-hasnt-turned-over-...

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