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Secretary of state: Betras not competent to sit on elections board



Published: Mon, October 3, 2011 @ 12:54 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio secretary of state says Mahoning County Democratic Chairman David Betras is not “competent” to serve as a county board of elections member.

In a three-page letter to Betras, Secretary of State Jon Husted wrote that the chairman’s “wrongful conduct” when he served as treasurer of ex-Attorney General Marc Dann’s transition account disqualified Betras as a board member.

Betras said the decision by Husted, a Republican, “drips with partisanship. It was done to embarrass the Democratic Party.”

Betras was criticized by the state inspector general and the Ohio Ethics Commission for his handling the account.

Betras was never criminally charged for his involvement.

“I was specifically told by the inspector general that I was not the target,” Betras said.

After lengthy investigations, the only conviction related to the account was a misdemeanor against Dann for giving $5,000 from the account to a staff member. Dann resigned May 14, 2008, under pressure after being accused of running an unprofessional office after serving for less than 17 months.

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1CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

It's nice to see the Sec. of State finally recognize what the thinking people of the Valley have known for a long time.

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2ice(28 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with you "CommonSenseGuy" this area has been faced with wrong doing for years.

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3CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I just laughed like Nelson from the Simpsons......

HAA HA!

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Dave gets no respect . . ..

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5DwightK(1256 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Specifically what "wrongful conduct" is the Sec of State referencing? I don't know how people can offer an opinion until we know.

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6Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Dwight please don't offer any opinions until YOU know what the Sec. of State is talking about. Some of us understand that when you are a treasurer for an election campaign, you are the person responsible for all transactions generated from that account. Now when money is used in violation of election laws it is the treasurer of that account that has the explaining to do. This is where that LOUDMOUTH Betras comes into play. Has the lightbulb come on yet?

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7ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Just another Democrat on the sinking communist/socialist ticket.

Betras hasn't done much worth noting for the advancement of the Democrats here. He's been more of the same old ambulance chasing, free handout, create more voters - ahem more welfare entitlement.

Politics are the dirtiest sport.

Been bit by a vicious dog?

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8Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

http://watchdog.ohio.gov/investigatio...
http://watchdog.ohio.gov/investigatio...
Focus in on OAG Transition Corporation and you will see that all of the unlawful transaction's like rent payments and Chinaware and all other funny business transactions ALL lead right back to Betras.

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9bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

So Betras is back to chasing ambulances and suing businesses for workers comp money. It's good to see scum is kept where scum belongs, and thats out of high ranking office

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