LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is suspending another Republican in the Lucas County Board of Elections.
Jim Hartley was removed Tuesday morning following a board of elections reorganizing meeting on March 3.
Husted says during that meeting local Republican head Jon Stainbrook was texting GOP board members from the back of the room.
When Secretary of State Husted found out, he wrote a letter to the board members, calling their behavior "infantile" and made a request for the following information:
Jon Stainbrook, who was removed by Husted from the board three years ago, later said none of the texts were related to election matters, and it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest he was influencing the GOP members. Stainbrook also said Secretary of State Husted should stop running for Governor all the time and fix the problems in the board of elections.
Following the controversial meeting, Husted also investigated if a private meeting was held about a new director. Husted found the nominee was "wholly unqualified" and said the matter, along with others, cannot be overlooked.
Now, the Secretary plans to have a hearing to decide it Hartley should be permanently removed from the board.