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Householder Has Lost Public Trust

Ohio House of Representatives members were to vote today on whether to remove state Rep. Larry Householder from the speaker’s post. They should do so.

Householder, R-72nd District, was arrested last week in a federal investigation of an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. From Gov. Mike DeWine on down, a chorus of state officials have called for him to step down from the speaker’s position. He has not done so.

As House Republicans noted in a statement released this week, Householder is entitled to “a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.” Still, they added, “he has lost the trust of his colleagues and the public…”

Householder’s fellow lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, cannot ignore that. When representatives vote today, they have no realistic, responsible choice but to remove Householder as speaker.

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