No one is above law

If Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is right in an allegation against former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder, the latter may be trying for a record in thumbing his nose at the rules.

Householder, a Perry County Republican, was arrested along with a few cronies earlier this year. Federal officials say they were involved in a $60 million bribery scheme, meant to stop referendum efforts to overturn nuclear bailout legislation.

Householder, ousted from his leadership post, remains on the ballot in a bid for re-election as a state representative. His challengers are write-in candidates.

Yost says Householder used more than $900,000 donated to his political campaign to pay attorneys defending him in the bribery case. “This is an illegal use of campaign money,” Yost said on social media.

A formal complaint before the Ohio Elections Commission has been filed against Householder, Yost said, adding, “It’s important to do this, to send a message to every other politician (of) what the rules are and the fact they need to be observed.”

Such a message does need to be sent to unscrupulous politicians — and Householder is certainly not the only one.

Ohioans need to have reason to believe that no one is above the law.


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