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Gmoser, who provided the letter to this news outlet, said Bucaro’s statement “is a direct assault on my professional and prosecutorial integrity.”
The Journal-News reached out to Bucaro, but she declined to comment on Gmoser’s letter.
Gmoser wrote that he took no part in the primary endorsement, and did not contribute to Retherford’s campaign, nor to the campaign of his opponent, former state lawmaker Courtney Combs.
According to campaign finance records reviewed by the Journal-News:
- The Butler County prosecutor has self-funded his campaigns for election since he was appointed to the position in 2011
Gmoser made three political contributions in 2016: to the Butler County Republican Party and to the campaigns for Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt, R-Liberty Twp., and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost In the past he’s made other political contributions, including to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and other county officeholders, but Conditt is the only state legislature Gmoser has contributed to since his appointment in 2011
Additionally, Gmoser could not vote in the 2016 primary GOP endorsement process because he is not a member of the Butler County Republican Party Central Committee.
Combs won the endorsement from the Butler County Republican Party but lost in the primary to Retherford.
“Nothing in your past experience with my office or me should have encouraged your opinion,” Gmoser wrote to Bucaro.