BCDP Response to State Representative Wes Rethford's Arrest

March 12, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Brian Hester, Communications Director (513) 484-4923

HAMILTON – On Sunday morning, State Representative Wes Retherford was arrested for driving under the influence and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a felony for which Retherford would be automatically expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives.

In response to today’s arrest, Butler County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement:

“Alcohol and guns are a reckless mix, and we’re glad nobody was physically hurt as a result of Rep. Retherford’s actions.  For too long, Retherford has betrayed his constituents' trust.  Instead of fighting to bring jobs to his district, invest in better public schools, or combat the opioid epidemic in our community, he has built a reputation as the laziest and one of the most disengaged members of the state legislature.  We are extremely disappointed in Rep. Retherford’s actions and pray he takes this opportunity to get the help he so obviously needs.”