FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, October 28, 2018

ELYRIA CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM ENDORSES STEVE DETTELBACH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Joins Other Major Ohio Papers to Say ECOT Disqualifies Dave Yost

ELYRIA — On Friday, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram announced its endorsement of Steve Dettelbach, former United States Attorney of the Northern District of Ohio, for Attorney General, citing his established record as a federal prosecutor of holding both Democrats and Republicans accountable. The endorsement piece — much like the endorsement pieces of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal, which also endorsed Steve for AG in recent weeks — determined Dave Yost’s role in the ECOT scandal disqualifies him from serving as Ohio’s next top law enforcement officer.

KEY POINTS

  • We believe that Dettelbach, former U.S.attorney for northern Ohio, should win the race.
    During [Dettelbach’s] prosecutorial career he went after Democrats and Republicans, and he didn’t shy away from prosecuting those in law enforcement, including Marlon Taylor, a former Lorain County Jail guard who received 18 months in federal prison for beating an inmate in 2012.
  • Yost attended graduations for the school, received campaign donations from its founder, Bill Lager (he has since donated that money to charity), and gave ECOT good accounting awards. At the same time, ECOT was failing its students.
  • Yost acknowledged that in retrospect attending the graduations looks bad.
  • [Yost] has defended his handling of the matter, but that ignores whistleblowers who came forward to warn about how ECOT conducted itself and Yost’s slow response to what has become a massive scandal that many in Columbus share the blame for.

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