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Make It Clear No One Is Above Law

If Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is right in an allegation against former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder, the latter may be trying for a record in thumbing his nose at the rules.

Householder, a Perry County Republican, was arrested along with a few cronies earlier this year. Federal officials say they were involved in a $60 million bribery scheme.

Householder, ousted from his leadership post, remains on the ballot in a bid for re-election as a state representative.

Yost says Householder used more than $900,000 donated to his political campaign to pay attorneys defending him in the bribery case. Such use of political donations is illegal.

A formal complaint has been filed against Householder, Yost said, adding, “It’s important to do this, to send a message to every other politician (of) what the rules are and the fact they need to be observed.”

Such a message does need to be sent to unscrupulous politicians. Ohioans need to believe that no one is above the law.

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