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Did Jennifer Brunner's office lose hundreds of signatures?

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Republican Steve Christopher, a would-be candidate for attorney general, has been making a shocking claim. He says he was tossed off the ballot because Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner lost hundreds of signatures he submitted to her office.

Brunner strenuously denies that it lost any petitions or did anything wrong.

Christopher, a Kenton attorney who had hoped to challenge former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine in the GOP primary, claims his campaign turned in more than 2,500 names, well above the 1,000 valid names that are needed. Brunner's office says he turned in about 800 signatures.

Christopher's Web site has posted PDF documents of what it says are photocopies of the petitions it turned in. Christopher's campaign has filed a lawsuit at the Ohio Supreme Court in a last-ditch attempt to get on the ballot.

The candidate has gotten little traction so far on his claims. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has not covered the controversy as far as I can tell, although the Akron Beacon Journal and Columbus Dispatch did run stories. Democrats don't care, and neither apparently does the Ohio Republican Party, which is backing DeWine as the anointed candidate.

The controversy would seem to support my earlier blog post that Ohio's petition signature rules do nothing except to keep valid candidates off the ballot.

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