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Report: no wrongdoing in Ohio gov's GOP takeover

Nov. 20, 2012 @ 04:02 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state watchdog says that members of the Ohio governor's staff were involved in a takeover of the state GOP this spring, but not on state time.

Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer found no wrongdoing by three regional liaisons working for Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) who circulated, delivered or filed declarations of candidacy and nominating forms for individuals seeking seats on the Ohio Republican State Central Committee.

Meyer says in a report issued Tuesday that the three used leaves, lunch hours or comp time for the committee work.

Kasich allies gained a committee majority in March, and ousted then-Chairman Kevin DeWine in April.

DeWine's public references to actions by Kasich employees Sherri Carbo, Nicholas Gatz and Nicole Kostura prompted the investigation.