Apparently when the Columbus Dispatch comes calling, Athens County Democratic Party Chair Susan Gwinn deigns to answer her phone:
Susan Gwinn, the county party chairwoman, said this morning that such a plan was discussed with members of the OU College Democrats, but that no agreement was reached.
The county party agreed to pay some students for get-out-the-vote efforts, but “this whole idea that somebody was paying people to vote is ridiculous,” she said. . . .
Gwinn said “the whole situation has been blown out of proportion. I have no idea why (Galan) wrote that e-mail. There’s really nothing going on here.”
This is truly amazing. If you believe every Democrat involved here, then apparently no one is really responsible for this controversy. The Ohio Democratic Party and the OU College Democrats are placing the blame at the feet of the Athens County Democratic Party and Susan Gwinn. Susan Gwinn is blaming Kellie Galan and the OU College Democrats. With so much finger pointing and no one taking any responsibility, do they really expect us to believe there was absolutely no wrongdoing?
UPDATE: Almost missed this. A-NEWS is reporting that Athens County Democratic Party Treasurer Lenny Eliason says that he was not aware of this get-out-the-vote program until he saw an e-mail about it last night, and that no such program was ever discussed at a county party meeting. “The chair (Susan Gwinn) may have done that,” Eliason said, “but it hasn’t gone through me.”
UPDATE II: Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine is calling on Gov. Ted Strickland to demand Susan Gwinn’s resignation, reminding us that Strickland has refused to act on a corruption scandal in Cuyahoga County. I agree, Strickland needs to speak up. But it would also be nice to have a few Athens County Democrats — ahem, Christine Fahl — call for Gwinn’s resignation as well.
WELCOME Michelle Malkin readers! Quite a mess we have here in the Rust Belt Berkeley, AKA the People’s Republic of Athens. Here is more of my coverage of corruption and stupidity in this quiet little college town:
Feel free to browse the blog and see if there’s anything else that interests you. And be sure to stay tuned for more coverage of Cash for Votes as well as the results of tonights Athens Fourth Ward City Council election, in which Republican Randy Morris is seeking to unseat appointed incumbent Democrat Christine Fahl and become the only Republican on city council.