Democrats sue Mandel for public records

From The Columbus Dispatch The Ohio Democratic Party claims in an Ohio Supreme Court filing that Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel illegally has refused to turn over public records sought by the party.

The action filed yesterday asks the justices to order Mandel to turn over records the Democrats sought in a July 18 request that they say has not even been acknowledged.

Democrats want copies of bids and contracts concerning the telephone “town halls” that Mandel conducts with Ohioans and correspondence involving Benjamin Suarez, a convicted Mandel and GOP donor.

“Mandel’s unwillingness to provide any transparency or accountability of his office is as unconscionable as it is hypocritical,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said in a statement.

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