August 18, 2005

YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN, NOT A DEMOCRAT:

Governor expected to offer his apology for failing to report golf outings, meals (Alan Johnson and Mark Niquette, August 18, 2005, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH)

Gov. Bob Taft is expected to admit in court today that he failed to disclose thousands of dollars in free golf, meals and other favors.

Ohio’s 67 th governor is scheduled for an 11 a.m. appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court, where sources said he will plead "no contest" to four misdemeanor ethics violations. Taft failed to list 52 golf outings and other gifts dating to 1998 on his annual financial-disclosure statements.

A no-contest plea would mean that Taft would be admitting to the facts of the charges, leaving the verdict and sentencing to Judge Mark S. Froehlich, a Democrat and former four-term mayor of Obetz.

Each misdemeanor charge is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. As a first-time offender, however, Taft is not expected to get jail time.

He will "apologize to the people of Ohio," said Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, after talking with officials in Taft’s office yesterday.

Spokesman Mark Rickel reiterated that Taft will not resign.


Admitting guilt and apologizing are good steps, but do the honorable thing and resign.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2005 6:04 AM
Comments

Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 19, 2005 3:16 AM

I wonder if Taft will make an appearance at Firestone this weekend (the NEC Invitational for the PGA Tour).

Is George Voinovich crying over the awful governance in OH? Do his grandchildren feel lost, unappreciated, unserved, cheated, left adrift in a sea of moral darkness?

Has Blackwell made any comment on the situation?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 19, 2005 8:56 AM
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