Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM
The leader of the Ohio Republican Party is calling on Democrats to speak up about the indictment of a former deputy state treasurer. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
Amer Ahmad has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. He’s accused of using his power as a state official to create a kickback scheme. This all allegedly happened in 2009 and 2010 when former Treasurer Kevin Boyce was in office. Boyce is now serving in the Ohio House of Representatives. Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges criticized Boyce and other Democrats on the issue.
“If Ohio Democrats are actually serious about confronting and dealing with scandal, then I think they owe Ohio voters and Ohioans some explanation to what their position on Rep. Boyce is with regards to this scandal,” Borges said.
Democratic Party spokesperson Jerid Kurtz said Borges’ comments were questionable.
“After pleading guilty in a pay-to-play scandal himself, it’s hard to take Gov. Kasich’s ethically challenged Republican chairman Matt Borges seriously,” Kurtz said. “But sure, we don’t condone the alleged crimes in this case.”
Kurtz’s comment was a reference to Borges’ pleading guilty to one count of improper use of public office in 2004, as the Toledo Blade reported at the time. A judge has since expunged the misdemeanor from his record.
Boyce could not be reached for comment regarding this story or the Ahmad investigation.
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