(HAMILTON) – On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced that John P. Hart, II was sentenced 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $679,663 in restitution to the IRS after Hart pled guilty in March of that year for failing to collect and pay employment taxes regarding Hart’s employees. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Hart spent two years taking money that was collected for his employee’s contributions to Social Security and Medicare and instead spent the money on “funding his skydiving team’s attendance at skydiving competitions, funding other skydiving organizations, and paying for his annual membership and expenses at a local country club.”
“Clearly, the kind of self-dealing deceitful acts Mr. Hart admitted to and was convicted in federal court over bars him from holding public office in the City of Middletown under Ohio law. The voters of Middletown deserve to know that their votes for candidates will matter, and the people they elect can legally serve. I hope Mr. Hart considers the needless voter confusion his prior conviction is creating and the costly litigation that would inevitably occur if he were to win and does the right thing and drops out of the race immediately,” said Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair.
(HAMILTON)- In response to Speaker Pelosi’s announcement that the U.S. House of Representatives would enter into a formal impeachment inquiry over President Trump, Butler County Democratic Party Chair Brian Hester issued the following statement:
“Every Member of Congress and the United States Senate begins every term swearing an oath the Constitution, not a President or a political party. With ten separate incidents of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report and now the latest intelligence whistleblower report about the President and Ukraine, I applaud the House for undertaking its solemn constitutional duty to hold a lawless President publicly accountable. I hope Ohio Republicans put country above party and hold Trump to the same standard they had for President Clinton.”
What Ohio Republicans have said in the past about the standard for impeachment: