Casey Weinstein is scrambling to cover his tracks. The Ohio House freshman Democrat is attempting to avoid responsibility for voting for Larry Householder for Speaker. Now, he’s having issues with his own words.
The 37th House District is a swing district. Weinstein’s opponent is Beth Bigham, a Hudson Councilwoman who is also a nurse practitioner. Householder did not send a campaign manager or fund this race on the Republican side. After all, Weinstein voted for him.
Weinstein was quoted in the Beacon Journal as saying, “In fact, since I’ve been elected, I’ve never accepted any PAC money,” said Weinstein, who “kindly thanks” corporations for the unsolicited checks he finds in his mailbox before tearing them up.”
Bigham shared this information on Facebook as Weinstein’s fundraising records contradict his claims.
As the print edition of the Beacon Journal below shows, Bigham accurately shared Weinstein’s quote. The online print edition also shows Bigham is correct.
Bigham reports she contacted Doug Livingston at the Beacon Journal to alert him to the fact that Weinstein’s finance report did indeed show that he has cashed PAC checks.
Bigham shared this news on social media. Then something mysterious happened. The online edition amended Weinstein’s quote. There was no attribution to the fact that the story had been edited. Weinstein and his supporters jumped in to the comments section. Some even called her a liar for using Weinstein’s words against him.
Tonight, the Beacon Journal online quote qualifies the PACs Weinstein refuses to accept donations from are corporate PACs. There is no attribution that an edit was made to the story.
“I definitely never cashed a FirstEnergy PAC check. In fact, since I’ve been elected, I’ve never accepted any corporate PAC money,” said Weinstein, who “kindly thanks” corporations for the unsolicited checks he finds in his mailbox before tearing them up.”
Weinstein, took to his own Twitter account to say his opponent lied. But, facts matter and Weinstein appears to have some trouble with them.
Weinstein claimed on Bigham’s page that he didn’t talk to Livingston today. Third Base Politics reached out to Livingston to confirm this, but he referred us to his editor instead.
The Dispatch also quoted Weinstein as Bigham’s post states below. But, that doesn’t matter to Weinstein.
At the very least Weinstein owes Beth Bigham an apology. Throwing around such accusations amount to online bullying. The Beacon Journal has some explaining to do as well.
More importantly, we need to take a closer look at Casey Weinstein’s finance reports.