Ex-landlord sues Butler County (Ohio) GOP
Ex-landlord sues Butler County GOP
Butler County, Ohio - In the wake of the Butler County GOP’s executive chairman resigning, the party has been sued for back and future rent by its former landlord.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 18 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, alleges the Republican Party breached its lease and owes Bridgewater Falls Station LLC, which manages Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center in Fairfield Twp., nearly $10,900 as of December 2013. That does not include interest, attorney’s fees and future rent for the balance of the term in the amount of $28,800.
The suit, which includes the 40-page lease agreement with the GOP, was served to Republican Party Central Committee chairwoman Judy Shelton. She could not be reached Friday for comment. Central Committee Second Vice Chairman Don Spurlock said the party’s leadership “will resolve” the lawsuit.
Earlier this year, the Journal-News reported the party’s finances showed it paid $2,700 a month for rent on the lease, which is set to expire at the end of 2014. Most of the party’s money went to overhead payments. The party broke its lease at the end of August and moved to what former executive chairman Dave Kern called “a private location.” The Journal-News later learned the party’s offices were re-located to Stony Run Enterprises, a trucking company located at 3772 Old Oxford Road in Hanover Twp.
Butler County Democratic Party Central Committee chair Kathy Wyenandt said the “financial mess” could be the GOP’s undoing on the stranglehold it has on countywide offices.
“While the Butler County Republicans are struggling to dig themselves out of the hole they put themselves in, the Butler County Democrats are strong and working hard to win in 2014 … and working hard to help Ohio’s families to dig out of the financial mess the Ohio Republicans have caused. It has caused a mess here and a mess statewide.”