[LFC Comments: Thanks to a Kirtland lobbyist for this article by the Ohio Star. Looks like the Democrats are also culpable in the Householder debacle. Looks like there is plenty of blame to be spread around.]
Excerpts from the article:
“Without Ohio House Democrats, pressured by labor unions and encouraged by “dark money,” Larry Householder would not be Speaker. The media reported this from the beginning.
“Labor unions urge Ohio House Democrats to back Republican Larry Householder for speaker,” headlined the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 12, 2018.
That same evening The Columbus Dispatch declared, “Unions telling House Democrats to back Householder for speaker.”
As planned, the Democrats swung the vote for speaker to Householder at the beginning of session in January 2019. Then-Speaker Ryan Smith received the majority of Republican votes, but twenty-six union-backed Democrats joined twenty-six Republicans to hand Householder the gavel. The situation was far from normal.”