Carruthers said the state party’s endorsement amounts to a status quo endorsement.
“You can have someone that works for Columbus and the status quo, or someone who works for the people of this area,” she said. “Columbus is nice, but it’s not my home and I want to work for the people in my home. I don’t owe anyone anything, so I will vote with my heart for what’s best here.”
Jolivette called the endorsement “a sad commentary” on the state GOP for not taking a closer look at the various races around Ohio.
“To endorse someone who did not receive any qualifications of recommendations from the screening committee of the local party, and is also on probation just shows they don’t take their endorsement very seriously,” he said.
Jolivette referenced how the Butler County GOP gave Retherford a “not recommended.” . He also referenced Retherford’s OVI conviction where he was sentenced to two years of non-reporting probation.
“The optics of endorsing Wes Retherford … just shows the recommendation should not be taken very seriously,” Jolivette said.
Retherford exclusively told the Journal-News last month he's made "drastic changes" in his life, and hasn't had a drink since his March 12 arrest for drunken driving.
The Ohio Republican Party endorsed the 46 incumbent Ohio House members seeking election or re-election, including Butler County’s other state lawmakers, Reps. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, and George Lang, R-West Chester Twp. The state party also endorsed Warren County’s Ohio lawmakers, Reps. Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason, and Scott Lipps, R-Franklin.
The winner of the Republican primary of the 51st Ohio House District will face Democrat Susan Vaughn, of Hamilton, in November. The 51st Ohio House District includes the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, Ross Township, and portions of Fairfield, Hanover and St. Clair townships.
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