MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Republican Party Chairman Chip McConville today filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against Renee McDaniel, Knox County treasurer candidate.
The complaint includes four counts of false statements in campaign literature involving a “Voter Guide” mailed to Republicans by the McDaniel campaign.
“This mail piece is designed with a Republican elephant logo in a deliberate attempt to make voters think it is from the Republican Party,” McConville said. “It then promotes the election of McDaniel, who is not the party-endorsed candidate for Knox County Treasurer.”
The “voter guide,” which lists Republican races in a sample ballot format, lists the names of all candidates in some races while omitting the names of candidates in other races.
“This deceptive mailer came from a political consulting firm in Oklahoma, and was mailed to be received immediately prior to the election,” McConville said. “Ironically, it was received by voters at the same time as the official Knox County Republican slate card mailing — which clearly lists the party’s endorsed candidates.”
The election complaint charges McDaniel with false statements for claiming to have party support when she does not, and for omitting the names of opponents in the sample ballot format in three races, including county treasurer, county commissioner, and Republican state central committeeman.
“Phony slate cards are a really old-fashioned trick,” McConville said. “I was surprised that anyone attempted that kind of thing anymore.”
“I’m not trying to say I’m the endorsed candidate,” McDaniel told the News this morning. “I identified which ones, in my opinion, are the best candidates.”
The slate card marks McDaniel for treasurer, Thom Collier for county commissioner and Rich Cochran for Republic state central committee.
McDaniel said she did not work with Cochran on the mailer but did work with Collier.
In regard to the consulting firm in Oklahoma, McDaniel said she uses the firm to print her marketing materials.
The complaint, filed with the Ohio Elections Commission in Columbus, will be scheduled for a hearing in the near future, McConville said.