01 May 2006

Ohio's Notorious FlagHag

Mean Jean gets another reprimand or two or three (but who is keeping count).

Commission reprimands Schmidt

By John McCarthy, Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Elections Commissaion on Thursday found that Republican U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt violated campaign law by claiming on her Web site last year that she had two college degrees when she had only one.

The commission, which ruled unanimously against Schmidt, issued a public reprimand for the violation.

The commission also dismissed a complaint that Schmidt's campaign filed against her opponent in Tuesday's primary, former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen, claiming he wasn't an Ohio resident.

It was the latest setback for Schmidt, who went to Congress last year in a special election to replace Rob Portman.

Schmidt was booed on the House floor in November for her comments criticizing Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and is an opponent of the Iraq war.

She said: "Cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

She obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati in 1974.

The Web site said she also had received a bachelor's in education from Cincinnati in 1986.

A media call to the university revealed she had not done course work for the second degree.

A spokesman said Schmidt wasn't involved in the creation of her Web site and did not know its contents.

However, Commissioner William Mallory said Schmidt should have maintained control over her campaign material.

"The ultimate responsibility for whatever happens in the campaign rests with the candidate," Mallory said.

The reference to the second degree has been removed from campaign literature. Also removed were references to endorsements by the Family Research Council and U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

The commission found those claims to be false and in violation. The commission dismissed an allegation that U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot's endorsement of Schmidt also was false.

In dismissing the complaint against McEwen, the commission found that he was a resident of suburban Cincinnati. Schmidt's campaign had been claiming that his primary residence was in Virginia.

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