State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today issued a statement on the expulsion from the Ohio House of former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019.
“In the 133rd General Assembly, I not only voted against Householder for Speaker, but when allegations of felonious behavior were made, I believed he lost the confidence of the House and voted to remove him from his Speaker position. In this GA, the new speaker stripped him of any committee assignments as well. I take corruption allegations seriously and the Ohio Constitution bars a convicted felon from holding office.
"Currently his district has the power to remove him through the petition process. To date, this has not been done. If the petition process was not initiated, the political power struggle in the Republican caucus should have been dealt with by defeating Householder in a primary such that the people of the 72nd district are the arbitrators of this outcome.
"I came down to Columbus to fight for public education, job creation, veterans and a clean environment. I did not come down here to play politics,” said Rep. Miller.