Back in the spring, the Butler Democratic Party joined the Butler County Republican Party in calling for State Representative Wes Retherford to resign in the wake of his drunk driving arrest. At the time, Butler County GOP Chair Todd Hall remarked saying Retherford “has proven himself unreliable and unfit to serve the fine people of his district. His actions and behavior are unacceptable,” Hall said. “Now, he has been charged with a felony. His constituents deserve better, and our party deserves better. [Source: Journal News (03/15/17), “Butler County GOP asks Wes Retherford to resign.”]
Hall also said Retherford’s action mandated that he “resign immediately,” adding: “When one of these elected officials makes bad choices and puts self-interests above those he serves, it is our duty as a party to make a change.” Even after a grand jury sent Retherford’s case back finding probable cause for only misdemeanors, Hall renewed his call for Retherford’s resignation, saying: “Regardless of the charges, . . . [t]he GOP expects a higher level of integrity, and I’m sure his district does too.” [Source: Journal News (4/18/17), “Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending felony charge.”]
Now former Dynus corporate exec, who was at the center of a massive "pay to play" public corruption bank fraud conspriacy is asking that the Butler County Republican Party recommend he be appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives.
According to a well-established timeline about Dynus composed from testimony and evidence at multiple federal trials, Lang served as both a lobbyist for Dynus while also serving as a high-level executive of the company. Lang traded the access he had to local Republican political figures for cash in order to help Dynus’ scheme that resulted in massive fraud. Testimony established, in furtherance of Dynus’ bank fraud, that Lang was paid $300,000 to facilitate the company’s access to key Butler County Republican elected officials, of which Lang allegedly paid a $100,000 kickback to the Dynus exec who set up Lang with Dynus’ lobbying contract. [Source: Cincinnati Business Courier (Aug. 3, 2009), “Dynus ex-president implicates Butler County officials at trial.”] Lang was ultimately acquitted of federal perjury charges, but was never criminally charged for his participation in the lobbying and kickback scheme.
“George Lang’s role in the Dynus ‘pay to play’ federal corruption scandal and apparent willingness to participate in kickback schemes long demonstrated that he is unfit to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. Just as the Butler County GOP publicly and forcefully said that Wes Retherford’s troubles from a likely drinking problem was a disqualifier that mandated his ‘immediate resignation,’ Lang’s involvement in Dynus requires both parties to again present an united and public voice and declare George Lang is unfit to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. His role in one of the biggest political corruption scandals in recent memory should be an automatic disqualifier,” said Jocelyn Bucaro, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair. “I trust our friends on the other side of the aisle will speak out against Lang’s fitness to serve just as they did with Retherford. To do otherwise would be inexcusably hypocritical.”
HAMILTON – Butler County Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement in response to today’s news that State Representative Margy Conditt is resigning eight months into the two-year term she just voters to allow her to serve to represent them just last fall:
HAMILTON – Today, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported that the unemployment rate in Butler County went up for the third straight month in a row to 4.9%, leaving it at virtually the same level it was in January 2017 (5.1%) and at the exact same level it was two years ago (4.9% June 2015). Butler County’s rising unemployment rate is higher than all surrounding counties except Montgomery County (5.2%). [Source: Journal News (08/22/2017), “Jobless rate in Butler County ticks up;” U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, LAUS Survey (not seasonally adjusted) from 2007-2017 by County (accessed 08/22/2017) (“BLS data”).]
Butler County Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement in response to today’s disappointing jobs numbers for Butler County:
“Once again, Republicans’ economic policies have failed Butler County families. Butler County Republicans have been in one embarrassing headline after another this year as our economy is stuck in neutral and an opioid epidemic rages out of control. The Democratic Party is ready to give voters a real choice and change in this county from the failed leadership of the GOP.”
In response to this weekend’s events, Ohioans have seen tepid responses from Republicans from President Donald Trump down to all of the GOP candidates for Governor in Ohio and Josh Mandel. [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (August 14, 2017), “Ohio GOP sounded a lot like Donald Trump in responses to Charlottesville.”] The Butler County GOP took the opportunity to… spread an attack on former President Obama. Butler County Sheriff Jones took to Twitter to call for a ban of masks before advocating President Trump to pardon a former sheriff convicted of ignoring court orders about engaging in illegal racial profiling. [Source: Washington Post (08/14/17), “Trump says he is considering a pardon for former Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio.”]
“A ban on masks would have done nothing to prevent the murder in Charlottesville. The problem isn’t masks; it’s that white supremacists feel comfortable going without them as politicians like Josh Mandel defend their agenda of racism and sexism. We need our leaders to call this for what it was: an act of domestic terrorism against Americans by white supremacists who have no place in our political parties. They need to say any politician seeking to attract their support is unfit to serve public office. That anyone who ignores the rule of law to further racist policies shouldn’t be given a slap on the wrist. We need them to stand up against Nazis and hatemongers. That shouldn’t be this hard for them to do. Our WWII veterans and Holocaust survivors deserved better in this moment of character and choosing,” said Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
(HAMILTON)- A review of the most recent campaign reports on file with the Butler County Board of Elections compared to reports filed at the same time going back to 2011 show that the Democratic Party has never raised as much money during the same period (first six months of the year), nor had as much on hand, and the party continues to chip away at the cash advantage of the Republican Party in the county.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Executive Committee, credits the party’s growing grassroots small donor base. “With our growing fundraising base of small donors, our party is breaking fundraising records and have more cash on hand than we have ever had at this point in the year for the past decade. Butler County residents are tired of Republican politicians who are more focused on pushing controversial wedge issues to get themselves some free press rather than actually addressing the lack of economic opportunity in many of our communities and an opiod epidemic that is raging out of control.”
The Democratic Party raised nearly four times the amount it raised in 2012 and an 18% increase in its fundraising from a year prior. Recently, the party’s Executive Committee authorized the party to exercise its option to purchase its headquarters in downtown Hamilton early next year, making the Democratic Party the only county party with a permanent headquarters in the county.
“With no debts, unlike our counterparts, the Butler County Democratic Party has shown it is fiscally frugal so that it can make permanent investments in building the party in Butler County while closing the gap with the Republican Party. This county changed parties in the 1990s because Republicans argued that they could deliver change and improve the ‘Rust Belt’ communities here being left behind economically. They have failed to deliver and voters are again looking more and more at making a change in this county,” said Butler County Democratic Party spokesman Brian Hester.
(HAMILTON)- While most Ohioans were in bed, the U.S. Senate rejected the third secretly drafted TrumpCare with bipartisan opposition in an after midnight vote on legislation that Senators had a two hours to read and review before voting.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee, says it’s time for bipartisan Congressional action to improve the Affordable Care Act with Congressional hearings and the regular process to pass legislation.
“Americans were overwhelmingly opposed to TrumpCare, and so, apparently, are a significant number of Congressional and Senate Republicans. Trump’s goal of railroading a party-line vote through Congress with no public input and little notice and no regard for how many Butler County families it would hurt lost. The only path forward is to for ALL Members of Congress to work to improve the ACA so that health care is more accessible and affordable to everyone.”
“Seven years ago, we signed into law legislation that prevented our friends and neighbors from being one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. Legislation that gave us our most effective tool in dealing with a still growing heroin epidemic. This is a victory for our families that wouldn’t be possible without the work of dedicated activists in the party, in groups like Indivisible and Our Revolution, and countless others,” said Kathy Wyenandt, Butler County Democratic Central Committee Chair. “Working families have a fundamental right to access to affordable and quality medical care.”
HAMILTON – After its last meeting in which the Butler County Democratic Party appointed over twenty new members to its Executive and Central Committees, the BCDP Executive Committee had another historic meeting that intends to have a lasting impact in the 2017 general election and beyond.
The Butler Democratic Party issued its first of what is anticipated to be several rounds of endorsements for the 2017 general election and endorsed the following candidates:
- Beth Yauch for Middletown Municipal Court Judge
- Edna Southard (incumbent) for Oxford City Council
- Jacob Bruggeman for Oxford City Council
- Pastor ShaQuila Mathews for Hamilton City Council
The Executive Committee also uanimously endorsed the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act initiative that will be on the Nov. 7, 2017 general election ballot and authorized the purchase of its current headquarters before its current lease expires.
HAMILTON – In response to passage of Issue 1, the renewal of the Middletown senior citizens services levy, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement:
(HAMILTON)- The Butler County Democratic Party joins community faith leaders in calling for the federal government to change course and release Maribel Trujillo of Fairfield so she can stay with her family where she is needed. Last week, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested Trujillo on her way to work after sending her kids off to school. Trujillo fled gang violence in Mexico 15 years ago and has an active asylum case pending.
Today, Paul Ryan (R-WI) canceled the planned vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the ACA”) with TrumpCare. President Trump was unable to muster enough Republican support in the House to pass legislation that Americans are overwhelmingly against.