The message the Ohio GOP is sending out about morality to kids across America:
It is Okay to take bribes if you return the money when, and only if, you get caught.
Ohio GOP leaders vow to return funds given by coin dealer
Republican Sens. Mike DeWine, George Voinovich, and Gov. Bob Taft plan to refund money given to their campaigns by Tom Noe, who is under investigation.
By STEVE EDER, BLADE STAFF WRITER
COLUMBUS - President Bush's political advisers are 'looking into' what to do with more than $100,000 in campaign money raised by Tom Noe after Ohio's governor and U.S. senators announced yesterday that they would refund thousands of dollars contributed to their campaigns by the Toledo-area coin dealer.
'We are in the process of looking into the situation and we will take the appropriate legal action if the situation dictates that's what we need to do,' Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said last night.
The White House has deferred all Noe fund-raising questions to the RNC.
Gov. Bob Taft, as well as U.S. Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine, and a host of top Ohio Republican leaders, including three GOP gubernatorial candidates, yesterday said they would refund contributions from Mr. Noe, who is facing federal and state investigations.
The contributions likely will be donated to charitable organizations, which have not been announced - but the money will not be returned to Mr. Noe.
In a statement, Mr. Taft and Bob Bennett, chairman of the
Ohio Republican Party, said about $50,000 in contributions by Mr. Noe, mostly given to Republican leaders since the coin dealer started doing business with the state in 1998, would be placed in escrow - and then transferred to an 'appropriate entity.'
'We want to send a message loud and clear to the people of Ohio that Mr. Noe's actions will not be tolerated. Ohioans deserve bold and aggressive leadership in cleaning up this abuse of public trust, and we are committed to providing that leadership,' Mr. Taft and Mr. Bennett said.
Hey Taft, Bennet, and Voinovich:
"YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!"
What a great bunch of role model precedents the GOP is developing for our nation. The GOP is sending a message LOUD AND CLEAR that:
The GOP should never take responsibility for their actions.
Bribes and kickbacks are good, unless you get caught, BUT then returning the money is good enough to be forgiven. (Of course Awnold is still holding on to his $10,000 gift from Noe AND bush still has $100,000 that Noe gave him.)
War against the weak is good if there is oil involved.
Rich elitists need tax cuts, but the poor... What poor?
Torture is fine, but reporting the facts about it is taboo.
Killing a child is a horrible crime, until the child is old enough to have their parents let them enlist.
Soldiers need a pat on the back, not medical benefits and decent wages.
The list could go on and on...
The GOP sickens me. At every single level of government they are corrupt and have no moral values. I know this for a fact becuase I live in Corrupticut, (AKA: Connecticut), so named because it is the state with the second highest number of corrupt GOP members in the USA, as revealed over the last few years... We would be number one with a bullet except for Texans like Delay and, of course, bush and his oil cartel administration are the worst and most corrupt the USA has ever seen.
Perhaps, rather than vowing to return their corrupt fortunes, they would better serve America by quitting politics and taking a vow of chastity? It would mean, at the very least, one less child could be corrupted by their political schemes.