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.”