Ohio's Kasich Denies Democrats' Records Request

Friday, 21 Sep 2012 12:24 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has asserted a rarely used “executive privilege” provision to deny the state Democratic Party access to detailed records about how he spent his summer this year.
 
"The governor has more or less pulled the nuclear option for open records," said Democratic Party spokesman Jerid Kurtz, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
 
The Republican governor asserted the provision after Democrats sued his administration in attempt to gain access to his complete schedule of June through August. The  lawsuit claimed the  governor's office had not complied fully or on time with a public records request for details of both his past and future schedules.
 
Kasich's office did give the Democrats some of that they wanted, including a full schedule breakdown from July 9 to Aug. 27. But in records covering June 1 through July 8, at least 80 of the 127 events and appointments on the schedule were blacked out. According to the Plain Dealer, the governor's office offered no explanation for the redactions as Ohio open records law requires.
 
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols declined to comment on the redacted schedule, but insisted  the governor's office has "consistently complied" with the Democrats' requests. He said, however, that his future calendar would not be released, “as that puts him at security risk.”
 
Kurtz said Democrats are seeking records that may be tied to former state Schools Superintendent Stan Heffner, who resigned Aug. 4 following an inspector general's report revealing that he testified in favor of legislation that would have benefitted a company that was considering hiring him.
 
Democrats said they want to know who Kasich may have been meeting with during the Heffner  investigation.
 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved