FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 25, 2018
NEW RAGA AD DEMONSTRABLY FALSE:
STEVE DETTELBACH WILL TAKE TOUGH AND INDEPENDENT RECORD TO ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE
CLEVELAND — In response to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) attack on Steve Dettelbach’s established history of independence as a federal prosecutor — and its false statement that his position is anything other than that Ohioans should elect their Attorney General — Dettelbach for Ohio campaign spokesperson Liz Doherty released the following statement:
“Dave Yost and his allies are desperate. Steve Dettelbach believes and has always believed — and has stated publicly and in writing — the Ohio Attorney General should be elected by the people of Ohio. One day after Yost launched ‘dubious’ attacks against Steve, which one Ohio paper said included ‘a whopper’ of a falsehood, his DC-based partisan allies are spreading more lies that Ohio newspapers have already called ‘unsubstantiated’ and false.
“Ohio voters won’t be fooled. No amount of lies from the Yost camp will distract from the clear choice in this election: Dave Yost the politician who bends the rules in favor of his donors and political friends vs. Steve Dettelbach the career prosecutor who put away corrupt politicians in both parties — Democrats and Republicans. The only candidate in this race with the independence and experience to keep Ohio safe is Steve Dettelbach. That’s why Ohio cops trust Dettelbach, and it’s why voters do too.”
RAGA’S AD IS FALSE
Steve Dettelbach believes and has always believed — and has stated publicly and in writing — the Ohio Attorney General should be elected by the people of Ohio.
Cleveland.com has already ruled this smear is “unsubstantiated.” The paper’s reporters could not find anyone to verify it.
RAGA’s ad fails to cite any legitimate Ohio news source, and instead relies on DC-based partisan online outlets.
STEVE DETTELBACH IS A PROSECUTOR, NOT A PARTISAN
Steve Dettelbach served under Presidents of both political parties and prosecuted both Democrats and Republicans who broke the law.
As Attorney General, Steve will work to fix our broken political system to make sure everybody plays by the same set of rules by strengthening penalties for politicians who accept bribes and implementing a series of tough, new ethics and anti-corruption reforms to bring transparency to the Statehouse and stop politicians from giving special treatment to their donors.
STEVE DETTELBACH HAS A RECORD OF KEEPING OHIO SAFE
Under Steve’s leadership, the conviction rate in the Northern District approached 98 percent.
During Steve’s tenure, the Northern District Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF Unit), which handles narcotics trafficking cases in the Northern District of Ohio, indicted 1,455 people and earned 1,285 convictions. In 2014, only the units in Miami and Los Angeles indicted and convicted more criminals.
Steve put people in jail for breaking Ohio’s immigration laws, including a case where smugglers went to jail for trafficking teens to an egg farm in Ohio.
That case U.S. v Castillo-Serrano was recently featured on the PBS show Frontline. Under Steve’s leadership, prosecutors sent defendants to jail in this case for a variety of crimes, including for encouraging illegal re-entry.