The Newark Advocate from Newark, Ohio on April 11, 1986 · 3
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Friday, April 11, 1986
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mpdgn Sieet The Advocate, Newark. 0.. Fri. April 1 1, J98-Page 3 Gillmor: Ohio 'i or sale' under Celeste WLUMBUS (AP) - Senate President Paul E. Gillmor, standing in front of a sign saying Ohio is for sale," has attacked Gov. Richard Celeste for what he calls an unparalleled pattern of awarding state contracts to Democratic campaign contributors. A Port Clinton attorney seeking the GOP nomination for governor May 6. Gillmor staged what is referred to as a "media event" in front of Celeste's office Thursday. The governor was out of town and aides declined comment. "The message is clear to all who wish to receive it. If you want a state contract, make a significant campaign contribution to Dick Celeste. In other words, what we have had under Dick Celeste is a state government for sale," Gillmor said. The senator promised that if he is elected, he will prohibit the awarding of state contracts, except through competitive bidding, to anyone who contriD-uted more than $1,000 to his campaign. He said the Celeste administration awarded without competitive bidding a multi-million dollar state contract to David Milenthal (co-owner of a Columbus public relations firm) whom he identified as "a multi-thousand-dollar Celeste contributor." Gillmor listed a series of ethical reforms that he maintains are needed, including the elimination of kickbacks from politically appointed motor vehicle deputy registrars who sell registrations and license tags. He said he will seek authority to establish "a practical, accessible system of registration by mail." In other political developments Thursday : U.S. Rep. Thomas N. Kindness, seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, called on Ohioans of both political parties to familiarize themselves with candidates and issues to avoid the "crackpot ideologies" of political maverick Lyndon LaRouche. In a prepared statement. Kindness referred to the primary election victories in Illinois three weeks ago of two LaRouche adherents in their bids for the Democratic nominations for secretary of state and lieutenant governor. The congressman warned there could be a repeat of such victories in Ohio, where about 90 LaRouche candidates are running for state and local offices under the labels of both major political parties. Most are dinning as Democrats. Kindness is unopposed in the GOP senatorial primary, but LaRouche supporter Don Scott of St. Paris has filed against incumbent Sen. John Glenn in the Democratic primary. Kindess. who expects to oppose Glenn in the November election, said, "Ohio voters must familiarize themselves with the LaRouche candidates in their areas and soundly reject those candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries." Last week, Glenn also attacked LaRouche candidates as political extremists for statements suggesting the British royal family is part of a drug conspiracy and that former Vice President Walter Mondale is a foreign agent. The LaRouche candidates, meeting last week in Columbus, issued a statement calling for Glenn to break with Ohio Democratic Party officials, who have disavowed the LaRouche candidates. Republican Sen. Paul E. Pfeifer of Bucyrus took his gubernatorial primary campaign to Youngstown, where he proposed creation of a public authority to deal with the problems of hazardous waste management and disposal. He said in prepared remarks that the technology already exists for environmentally safe disposal of waste products, but the state is not putting that technology to work. Governor's campaign aide sparks talk CLEVELAND (AP) - Gov. Richard Celeste's campaign manager has confirmed that local insurance agent Arnold A. Pinkney, convicted last year of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, will be an unofficial campaign adviser. Celeste's campaign director t Gerald Austin, said Thursday that Pinkney would be an adviser for the governor's re-election effort, but have no title for being on the campaign team. Austin said Pinkney 's conviction was not the reason he would not ha ve an official campaign title. "That issue is still in the courts on appeal," Austin said. "Arnold did a great job in 1982, but now he has a lot more business involvement outside of the state than he did then." Pinkney is a close ally of the governor who served as minority coordinator of his 1982 campaign and won wide praise for his effort to increase turnout among blacks. He was national campaign manager for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury last May found Pinkney guilty of using his position as a member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to win a liability insurance contract from the board for his insurance agency. Pinkney was placed on one year's probation, ordered to make restitution of up to $1,000 and to perform 60 hours of community service. Pinkney, who has appealed the conviction, was later fined $230 by the Ohio Department of Insurance. Pinkney said this week commitments to his family and his insurance business would keep him from devoting full time to the campaign. He said he would be an unofficial adviser to Celeste. "It would be impossible for me, at this time, to take any time oft from my businesses and my family," said Pinkney, who spends at least two days each week in Detroit, where he has an insurance office. "At this stage of my career, having given up as much time to the community as I have, I have a profound responsibility to make my priorities my family and my business." Asked if his conviction was a factor in the decision, Pinkney said, "Absolutely not. During my discussions with the governor, at no time did we discuss the trial as having an impact" on the campaign. Despite the disclaimers from Pinkney and Austin, some Democrats cling to the belief that Pinkney is already actively involved in campaign planning. State Rep. John D. Thompson Jr., D-Cleveland, said his impression was that Pinkney and State Rep. C.J. McLin, D-Dayton, would organize Celeste's vote drive in minority neighborhoods. Columbus Councilman Ben Espy said he was concerned about Pinkney's role in the campaign. Espy said he did not question Pinkney's ability, but added that Celeste could not ignore the possibility of Pinkney's conviction becoming a campaign issue. Wounded student starts anti-Rhodes unit COLUMBUS (AP) - A man who was wounded by Ohio National Guard troops at Kent State University in 1970 has formed a student group aimed at raising money to block former Gov. James A. Rhodes' bid for a fifth term. Alan Canfora said Thursday one of the reasons he established "United Students Against Rhodes" is that four .KSU students were killed by troops on May 4, 1970, the day after Rhodes, in his second term as governor, delivered a strong law-and-order speech at the riot-torn campus. "Rhodes' hands are forever bloody due to his provocative, inflammatory and irresponsible campaign rhetoric and orders which directly provoked the unnecessary deaths of four students at Kent State University," he said. Canfora, 37, was shot in the wrist during the campus shootings, which brought a violent to several days of disturbances prompted by President Nixon's announcement of the invasion of Cambodia. He said he was organizing students on six or seven campuses to campaign against Rhodes, but was not supporting any other candidate for governor. But James A. Duerk, a Rhodes business associate who is active in his campaign, said he suspected that Gov. Richard Celeste and the governor's campaign manager, Gerald Austin, were encouraging Canfora. "I've heard rumors Jerry Austin and Dick Celeste were trying to organize something of that nature, so it doesn't come as a complete surprise." Duerk said. But Canfora said he was the one behind the political action committee. His campaign flier said the committee was opposing Rhodes not only for his role in the KSU shootings, but also for his economic policies. "Rhodes' policies as governor harmed Ohio's students, workers, senior citizens and minorities," the flier said. " When he left office in 1983. Ohio was in a shambles due to Rhodes' $500,000 budget debts and deficits. Schools and factories were closing down while Rhodes himself became a multimillionaire." In a recent interview, Rhodes called the KSU killings "the most sorrowful day in the history of Ohio." However, he said he had been cleared by two grand juries and did not discuss the shootings because of the numerous lawsuits that were filed. Canfora said most college students were infants at the time of the shootings, but they remembered school closings for lack of state funds during Rhodes' last term in office, which ended in 1982. He said students who were signing up for his anti-Rhodes committee were doing it "more because of his recent activities than Kent State." He said his initial organization primarily included students from KSU and the University of Akron. Canfora said the committee would direct its efforts toward the general election campaign because it appeared Rhodes would win the Republican primary. Double circus bookings a three-ring problem CINCINNATI (AP) Simultaneous circus bookings at the city's two arenas has touched off a three-ring dispute. The Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey circus, billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth," held a downtown parade to celebrate its opening Thursday night at Riverfront Coliseum. That gave the city two circus shows. The Shrine Circus opened Wednesday night at Cincinnati Gardens, on the city's northeast side. Both circuses run through Sunday. The Shriners are miffed about the simultaneous shows because ticket sales help finance their charities. "Why two circuses at the same time?" said William Welsh, circus director for the sponsoring Syrian Temple Shrine. "People can't go to two circuses at the same time." Welsh said the Shrine selects its circus dates a year in advance and has always chosen springtime for the annual event. "It has been in the spring for 65 years, first at the old Armory, then the Taft Theater, then Cincinnati Gardens," said Welsh. He claims it's unfair competition for the Ringling show to appear on the same dates. "Suppose there were two ice shows in town at the same time? Ringling used to come here in the fall," said Welsh. Not so, at least for the past 10 years, say Riverfront Coliseum officials. "We're not sneaking up on anyone," said Jim Kahler, director of marketing for the Coliseum. "We want the Shrine Circus to do well, but when you're dealing with something that travels by train, 110 cars long, you have to schedule three years ahead. Ex-S&L chief cleared COLUMBUS (AP) - Former Ohio Savings and Loan Superintendent Clark Wideman says the dismissal of charges against him means the end of his trauma over the collapse of Home Stale Savings Bank. "What it means is, I can put Home State behind me," he said Thursday, following Franklin County Municipal Court Judge James Pearson's declaring a mistrial. Pearson cited "prosecutorial misconduct" and told prosecutors they failed to present enough evidence to convict Wideman of violating Ohio's "revolving door" statute. Wideman, the first individual to come to trial as a result of the Home State failure, was accused of becoming a $2,000-a-month consultant to Home State within a year of leaving his job as S&L superintendent. Ohio law prohibits former public officials, within the first year after leaving state employment, from representing businesses they regulated. The charge was a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months' imprisonment. During the trial that opened Monday, Pearson repeatedly warned attorneys working for Special Prosecutor Lawrence A. Kane Jr. of Cincinnati that their case was weak and told them he was inclined to dismiss the charges. After prosecutors rested their case Thursday morning, the judge declared the mistrial and said the prosecution attempted to try the entire Home State case instead of solely the complaint against Wideman. Pearson said prosecutors stressed the troubled dealings between Home State and ES.M Government Securities of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.. and treated Wideman's behavior as "a side issue." Home State collapsed March 8, 1985 after ESM went bankrupt prompting the Ohio S&L crisis. Assistant Special Prosecutor Lawrence Elleman of Cincinnati said today he did not know whether the state would have a right to appeal the decision. "If there is any chance, we are going to consider it seriously," he said. "We do believe this is a case we should have won." Kane said, "We're looking at appeal possibilities recognizing there are severe limits in any criminal trial involving an appeal by the state. 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