The Geauga County Republican Party sent recommendations to Gov. John Kasich for a potential successor to county Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, who died May 23.
County GOP Vice Chairman Blake Rear sent a letter with five recommended people, but declined to release their names, preferring to let Kasich’s office do so after the recommendations are received.
The problem is that thirteen people, including Senator Grendell, R-Chester Township, applied and interviewed for that job. It appears Blake Rear intentionaly left these people off the list and hand picked who HE wanted. This is cronyism and the "good old boys club" at it's best.
I believe Rear especially did not want Senator Grendell on that list and manipulated it to make sure Grendell would not be up for consideration by the governor.
The senator said he is upset because he claims the county GOP didn’t follow its own rules, met in secret and submitted a list to the governor of people who never interviewed with the party.
Grendell said there is nothing fair about that and a lot of people’s time was wasted.
“I hope the governor will look at the list of 13 people who applied and make a fair decision and assessment of who should be selected,” Grendell said.
Kasich’s spokesman, Rob Nichols, previously said the governor asked the Geauga County GOP to suggest three candidates for consideration.
From there, the administration would interview each of the candidates, Nichols said.
Based on those interviews and a background check, the governor would make his appointment.
However, Ohio Revised Code lets the governor select whomever he wants for the position.
After the governor indicated he was seeking recommendations, the county GOP had to come up with some sort of process to do so because the situation had not occurred before and there was nothing in the party’s bylaws to address a court vacancy, Rear said.
He said opening up nominations to the floor at a party meeting would have been a nightmare.
Blake, I believe the REAL nightmare is having you and Ed Ryder in the Geauga Republican Party.
“The candidates would not be vetted and it would have just been chaos,” Rear said.
This is a lie. As stated above by the governor's office, THEY would interview all applicants and do background checks.
So the county GOP’s process for recommending candidates was contained in an email sent June 13 to county Republican Party Central Committee members, Rear said.
One committee would essentially screen candidates, conduct interviews with them and then submit recommendations to the “duly elected officers (excluding the chairman) of the Geauga County Republican Party for the final selection,” according to the document.
Party Chairman Ed Ryder wasn’t among those involved in the political party’s recommendation process because he is interested in appointment to the bench.
Including Rear, the party’s officers are Robbie Halford, secretary; Frank Gliha, treasurer; Michelle Lane, county chairwoman; and Ken Blair, executive committee vice chairman.
Additional screening committee members were chosen and they were Joe Weiss, former Geauga Bar Association president; Carolyn Paschke, attorney and secretary for the bar association, and John Karlovec, lawyer and editor of the Geauga Maple Leaf newspaper, the document states.
County Prosecutor David Joyce also was a member of the committee. He said Friday that he had seen the document sent to Central Committee members, but he said that the party made its selection of whom to recommend before his committee voted.
Joyce sent an email Friday to the interested judicial applicants that stated that he, Weiss, Paschke and Karlovec decided to disband their committee because “our committee was pre-empted by the Republican Party prior to our voting on any candidates.”
Joyce also wrote that the committee would send all of the candidate’s names to the governor’s office for Kasich to review.
Rear denied that the rules weren’t followed as the document sent to Central Committee members outlined and added that perhaps Grendell did not receive the email.
“He’ll probably deny that he got it,” Rear said. “He is a central committeeman and it went to everyone else. I assume he got it, he was not excluded.”
Rear has alot of nerve saying that after the shit he's trying to pull here. He is saying that Senator Grendell is lying....but if anyone is lying, it is YOU Blake....that should be quite obvious to anyone with even half a brain.
Grendell said he didn’t receive the email from Rear or the Republican Party.
But the senator added that it really didn’t matter because he said what was outlined in the email to central committee members was not portrayed to candidates.
If a bozo like Ed Ryder had been appointed to that position it would have been a nightmare.
For Blake Rear, a so called Republican, to send a Republican Governor a list of only five people that HE wanted instead of the entire list, that to my understanding what was what the Governor wanted, is a blatant display of manipulative defiance to a sitting Governor, in a dishonest attempt to undermine and obstruct the Governors selection process.
Blake....you must think you are some kind of a tyrant or some bigshot power broker. What you really are is "A Legend In Your Own Mind".... and what a small one it is.
For a long time now, the Geauga Republican Party has been infiltrated by RINOS, morons, power drunk manipulators, and LIARS. These people have disenfranchised the few TRUE conservatives left and are responsible for causing discord, chaos, mayhem, division, dishonesty, and whatever else you can think of , in that Party.
I hope the Geauga Republican Party can be salvaged at this point and it is not too late. If this is possible, it won't be by any of the factions that are in dis-leadership presently.