WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is facing accusations about his alleged role in a pay-to-play operation. DeWine, who is in Washington this week for a Republican attorney general conference, said he is just doing his job.
His accuser is David Pepper, a former Hamilton County commissioner, who is now running for DeWine’s seat.
Pepper said DeWine used money from law firms in exchange for lucrative state contracts.
“We pick the lawyers who do special counsel work for the attorney general the same way Democrat and Republican attorney general for years have picked them,” DeWine said.
Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro asked DeWine, “Do you think that David Pepper then is the one that’s playing dirty with the accusations?”
“Well you know, I’m just going to do my job. I’m not going to talk about Mr. Pepper, he’s a nice guy. My job is everyday focusing on protecting Ohio families,” DeWine said.
DeWine did not directly deny the accusations made by his opponent during the interview, however his office called the Washington Bureau later in the day to amend DeWine’s stance – saying he does, in fact, deny the accusations.
DeWine was elected in 2010 and will face Pepper in the Ohio Attorney General election this November.
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