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Retherford, who lost his bid for a fourth term representing the 51st Ohio House District in May 2018, was one of three GOP House members Reyes named. And all three were supporters of Rep. Larry Householder, who contested now-former House Speaker Ryan Smith to lead the Ohio House for the next two years. Householder was elected speaker on Monday.
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Most of the letter talks about Reyes’ former boss, Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster. Reyes wrote that he told her “women do not think logically, they think with their hearts not with their brains” and she was “the good type of Mexican.”
Wiggam told the Columbus Dispatch the allegations “are absolutely false” and “were politically motivated and coordinated by the outgoing leadership team.” He called for an investigation.
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Rep. Derek Merrin also denied the allegations to media outlets. Reyes wrote that he allegedly called Mexicans “dangerous people” and claimed he was “nearly killed” when visiting Mexico.
She also called out legislative aides, though not by name.
“I had several instances where a Householder-affiliated staffer … would yel sterotypical words, such as ‘Taco! Nacho! Burrito!’ when he overheard me speaking in Spanish,” according to the letter. She also wrote that aide “changed my name to ‘Maria,’ because that sounds more Mexican.”