Coming soon: The Redfern letter

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Seems there's some sort of split in the local Democratic Party, and state chairman Chris Redfern is apparently not pleased with Erie County chairwoman Amy Grubbe.

Redfern, who is state rep for this district, is stepping aside at the end of his term and is supporting Sandusky City Commission president Dennis Murray Jr. to replace him. Heir to the throne Murray built his own tent at the Erie County Fairgrounds earlier this month.

Hmmmf.

Comments

Anonymous

have a letter? This is sounds more like gossip than news.

Anonymous

"Redfern, who is state rep for this district, is stepping aside at the end of his term"

I thought Redfern stepped aside a couple of years ago. Where has Redfern been? We have been without a real rep for years.

Anonymous

Personally I am glad Chris Redfern is stepping down, I have heard things about him that make me sick!! Some great family man....huh!! Anyone who runs against him in the past needs to dig deep into his personal life and I guarantee they would find some really interesting dirt!! He's a joke!!!

Anonymous

http://www.thenews-messenger.com...

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern violated Ohio elections law by using campaign materials to purposely mislead voters, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

libertarian

Like Edwards, Redfern has nice hair. Also like Edwards he is a typical socialist/collectivist government thug. He has advocated for and helped pass many laws that violate people's rights. Murray has done the same in Sandusky and will continue to do the same in Columbus. All are slick and corrupt lawyers (is there any other kind?). Shame on them all!

Anonymous

Redfern is for Redfern. He didn't like David Giese, former Erie County DEM chief. Now he has problems with current chair, Amy Grubbe. Both are good people. Could it be that Redfern is the problem, not everyone else? He's probably the main reason McCain will carry Ohio.

Anonymous

Just what has Redfern done?? Is he hoping for Obama to win so he will get some appointment - ambassador or something?

Anonymous

The SR deletes posts that are informative, but may be a little hurtful. The SR can leaves disgusting posts that people leave when someone dies or is assaulted, but attack a politician because he is a liar and they delete it. Chris Redfern is a liar and he does not belong in politics. Or maybe he does...I dunno...I hope one of his platforms is not family...because he is certainly not real concerned about that. I hope he does step down for good, it could be nothing but good news for us all!!

Anonymous

Grubbe has split the Democratic Party. A Party Chair is suppose to be a leader and chair the meetings. Grubbe has played politics while being Chair. From the message on the pastor's answering machine, (what a disgrace), calling people liars, showing herself out in public, and using people to her advantage, Grubbe has to go. I hope Redfern does the right thing and appoints someone else to Chair the Democratic Party. I think that would make alot of the Democrats happy.

Anonymous

I have the "Redfern Letter" but Matt cannot have it.

http://cache.daylife.com/imagese...

Anonymous

Redfern can't appoint any one! The DEM central committee determinds who the chair will be. Most DEM county chair people throughout Ohio can't stand Redfern's arrogant personality. It's not Grubbe, just as it wasn't Giese. The problem is Redfern is the biggest wanna be in the universe

Anonymous

Redfern wanted Amy Grubbe to be Erie County Chair, because he didn't like David Giese. He wanted all the power, of which Giese wasn't ready to give up. Be careful what you wish for Chris!

Anonymous

As a Republican, THANK YOU Chris Redfern, you are a huge help to us!

Anonymous

After Obama loses Ohio, and the Republicans take back the Erie County county commission, you won't have Chrisy boy to kick around. He's gone! The real Democrats will see to that!

Perhaps he and his buddy Ferrell can both get jobs for the first time in their lives.

Anonymous

Glad to see Grubbe and Redfern are getting what they deserve, too bad the party is the one that will suffer but to all of you who supported the dirty politics against Giese who served as a loyal Chair for over 20 years you can blame yourselves!

reader

Hey Matt,

Why can't I find online the Saturday morning front page story about city manager Kline bringing in an agreement for the Marina District project ?????

As far as this blog, if you have something to share with us about Redfern, tell us what it is....don't just drop a hint .....sounds like a gossipy rumor.

Anonymous

Matt,
This is a very interesting topic. I found a better link than was previously posted about Chris Redfern.

http://www.portclintonnewsherald...

According to the news article, "We find that there was clear and convincing evidence that the chairman of the ODP knowingly, and with the intent to affect the outcome of political campaigns, used titles of offices not currently held to imply that candidates on the distributed flyer currently held the office of which was seeking,"

Also in the article, "Redfern, a state representative from Catawba Island, and the Democratic party should not face criminal charges or reprimands, according to the Thursday ruling from the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus."

I thought that election fraud was a crime in Ohio. Maybe I am wrong but what was that incident in Cleveland several months ago concerning a couple of poll workers when Mr. Baxter was assigned as a special prosecutor? Most people usually vote for incumbents by nature. Now I am wondering if the wrong people were voted in due to Redfern's violations of voting laws. Whatever happened to honesty and integrity? Where are all those "legal experts" at that seem to know the O.R.C.? Did they all run for cover? Something really stinks here.

Anonymous

COLUMBUS -- An appeals court has upheld a state agency's decision that the Ohio Democratic Party and Chairman Chris Redfern violated Ohio elections law by illegally misrepresenting candidates on campaign material.

Anonymous

3599.36 Election falsification.
No person, either orally or in writing, on oath lawfully administered or in a statement made under penalty of election falsification, shall knowingly state a falsehood as to a material matter relating to an election in a proceeding before a court, tribunal, or election official, or in a matter in relation to which an oath or statement under penalty of election falsification is authorized by law, including a statement required for verifying or filing any declaration of candidacy, declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, nominating petition, or other petition presented to or filed with the secretary of state, a board of elections, or any other public office for the purpose of becoming a candidate for any elective office, including the office of a political party, for the purpose of submitting a question or issue to the electors at an election, or for the purpose of forming a political party.

Whoever violates this section is guilty of election falsification, a felony of the fifth degree.

Every paper, card, or other document relating to any election matter that calls for a statement to be made under penalty of election falsification shall be accompanied by the following statement in bold face capital letters: “Whoever commits election falsification is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.”

Effective Date: 12-09-1997

Anonymous

You might be a frustrated Democrat, but you sure don't know what has been going on within the Democratic Party. Grubbe has shown her Xss on more than one occasion. Most of the Central Committee doesn't feel she represnts them, due to the manner in which she has handled some issues. If the Democratic Party doesn't find someone else for Chair, it will be forever the political Plum Brook Country Club headed by "political junky" Grubbe. Grubbe hasn't got a clue on the principles of being a Chair. As far as Redfern goes, he'll be gone after this election. Maybe the Democratic Central Committee will send Grubbe with him!

Anonymous

I would like to know the same thing. Front page news and we can't blog on the Marina District. Not fair Matt. You put a kitty cat story up to blog. Something as important as this you don't allow us to blog on Marina District being rammed down our throats with a vote before the public can look at the agreement when it was promised we could take 30 days. Now, we get a vote and then it sets for 30 days and another vote. Who cares about public input when you have already casted a vote. Two years in the making and now it is rush, rush and no chance to really look it over before the vote. Some one is pulling a fast one.

Anonymous

Murray did not have his own tent. He was under the big tent w/ the Party.

Please, don't write if you don't have a clue.....

Anonymous

Waddington and Grubee had lunch last week at the Lunch Box and were seen at Waddingtons Sister in laws place today (Sunday)

Anonymous

Geise? Are you kidding? he was the worst Dem. chair Erie County ever had. He got what he deserved. He is a clone to Redfern.He beat his wife, abused his children. 3 DUI's and stole from the party.Also violated elections laws by stealing candidates signs in a drunking stupor. Pleaseeeee !

Anonymous

I grew up with Chris Redfern, was 3 years behind him in high school. After all those years, I can honestly say the best job he ever did was reading the morning announcements. After that, it all went down hill.

Anonymous

WE on the northcoast should have the democratic convention. The locals had their party at the round house at put-in-bay with Murrat the heir apparent but we must branch out. I know marc dann would bring the pajamas, pizza, and the girls, but picture bill clinton on the porch of the round house rating the women walking by and giving out cigars, thank god they put up the plastic windows. Hilary can probably hang out at club x. Harry reid and obama with his good friend the crooked investor, can discuss shady land deals with the two put-in-bay prominent business owners who were taken off the island friday night in handcuffs, oops just gave sr a news scoop.Finally robert "sheets" byrd from w.va. could dress up in his old imperial dragon of the KKK robe and run around sandusky's state patrol baracks. The dems could have so much fun here why even nancy pelosi's husband could get a grant through his wife and refubish the Keller building with his multi million dollar construction company. So lets scrap the marina project and work for getting the dnc convention, it would be a hoot.

Anonymous

There are plenty of hotel rooms available, but the Republicans have booked all the public toilet stalls....

Anonymous

Larry only needs one stall,but can you imagine the glee in ted kennedy's eye when he sees all this water and sandusky bay bridge. YOU mentioned larry craig, I brought up seven or eight dumbocrats, so bring it own big guy, cause I got a million of them

Anonymous

The last time the dnc had their convention in denver was 100 years ago and their platform was not to allow women or blacks to vote. Huh?

Anonymous

How about gay corzine from new jersey, he could have fun at club x. Elliot spizer from New York would love the tea house. Shall I go on?

Anonymous

the two businessmen arrested on PIB were mark mathys(pronounced matisse) and paul jeris each charged with one felony count of intimidating witnesses and stalking over a land deal. I guess ed fitzgerald(mr. ed's) wasn,t with them. It's in today's port clinton newspaper. It also has a sandusky connection

Anonymous

for those younger readers that might not relate to the kennedy joke, google mary jo kopechne

Anonymous

Website Article about illegal election material was removed from web even though there were articles in Port Clinton, Fremont and Lorain papers. What gives?

Anonymous

It's a liberal biased Sandusky Registers duty to suppress

Anonymous

Just look at the news service they use, the AP, the one accused of doctoring photos from Iraq. Bad reporting and photojournalism. By the way, did you see on the drudge report about fox news reporters getting harassed at the dnc

Anonymous

look at the tired old blogs they are holding on to, and won't put the redfern story up

Anonymous

you'd like to be behind Chris.

Anonymous

How about the blog regarding Amy Grubbe, and the Plumbrook Country Club gang of Republicans who took over the Erie County Democratic Party. It appeared on Sunday, (8/24). It was removed almost instantly after it appeared. Why?

Anonymous

chris and amy are the same. i do not like either one of them. they both are.

Anonymous

the democrates are keeping silent until after the election, well I hope not one democrate get into office. there is not one good democrate here in erie county because chris, amy dennis kevin all of them make the other democrates look bad

Anonymous

the port clinton paper is running the redfern voter fraud article. Every body that wants to post go there, they also have the article about the pib businessmen being arested. You get better news out of that paper

Anonymous

Redfern is in Denver helping to run a lemonade stand with his cohorts. Sounds to me as if Redfern has little patience. Figures that he never gave a dam* about our area and Ohio while jobs just continue to dry up. At least Redfern will always have a job as long as people keep electing the bloke.

Did Redfern call Matt up again and tell him that he was "trying to be cute" again? I can't wait to read about the letter. Maybe the letter was about asking to help run the lemonade stand.

http://blog.cleveland.com/opener...

Anonymous

Dave Geise, what a joke. He was the Democrat chair when nobody wanted it. Now that it means something, He was booted. Geise could not be trusted and has no morals.I wish he would stop writing the blogs about himself. If you want the truth about him, run the record search on the sandusky, huron and vermillion courts. Geise What a Joke.

Anonymous

I read that blog too. Then just like that it was gone. Maybe the SR is trying to protect Grubbe. She must have her claws into them too.

Anonymous

Geise couldn't be trusted and had no morals. Do you know the Democratic Chair Grubbe?? Giese couldn't hold a candle to Grubbe and her unethical ways.

Anonymous

you leaving Westerhold? I think Sandusky and Erie County has had enough of your silliness. Call up Kimmie and just start driving into the sunset will you please??

Anonymous

For those who detest Westerhold; the quickest way to ensure his demise is to NOT respond to his editorials or blogjw. As for Redfern...folks this is politics as usual. Blindly vote "party line" and you get whatever comes down the pike!