Labor unions own Ohio Democrats.
That was seen as recently in the campaign finance reports released last week.
And it’s seen again in the actions of the past. But those actions were done by one woman currently representing central Ohio in congress, and another that wants to join her.
…in Franklin County, where in recent years, county officials have gone out of their way to avoid awarding contracts to certain low bidders, using exaggerated “violations” of the state’s prevailing-wage law to disqualify them. In several cases, this was a transparent effort to bar nonunion contractors.
These shenanigans added hundreds of thousands of dollars to county-supervised construction projects, such as the Huntington Park ballfield, and even led to the hiring of a questionable out-of-state contractor whose workers nearly collapsed part of the stadium during construction.
Though these decisions were made by two different sets of Democratic county commissioners, every one of them has voted for a higher bidder at some point. The ballpark decisions were made by Marilyn Brown, Paula Brooks and Mary Jo Kilroy, who is now congressional representative for the 15th District. Early on, Brooks questioned the board’s application of the prevailing-wage policy, but later fell into line in accepting it. The decision to pass over Gaylor for Jess Howard was made by Brooks, Brown and John O’Grady.
Paula Brooks and Mary Jo Kilroy are looking out for their own best interests.
They are truly beholden to labor unions, and it speaks in their campaign finance reports and in their actions in office.
With word yesterday that Strickland’s head of the Ohio School Facilities Commission is pushing unions to exclusively score contracts, one has to wonder when all of these dirty tactics will catch up with them. It has to only be a matter of time, right?
Central Ohio deserves a lot better.