Things get a little more interesting in the OH-02 race today as the Dispatch reports that republican candidate Jean Schmidt is facing an ethics probe. Schmidt failed to report that lobbyist Richard Colby representing Chiron Corp. of Emeryville; CA took her and five other republican lawmakers to dinner at Nicola’s Ristorante and then to a Monday night Bengals game.
It is illegal in Ohio for lawmakers to accept gifts of over $75 from lobbyists. Schmidt has repaid $644 dollars to Colby.
The other lawmakers who didn’t report this were Jim Raussen of Springdale, Diana Fessler of New Carlisle (repaid $1,388), and Michelle Schneider of Cincinnati (repaid over $1,300).
The only way you forget something like this is when it is so commonplace that it just blurs in with the others.