Should anybody be surprised that Bryan Williams has found his way back to the Summit County Board of Elections? All that remains for him to add $18,000 per annum to his lifestyle is the pro forma appointment to the board by Secretary of State Jon Husted. Nice work if you can get it. And Williams usually does. He owes Republican county chairman Alex Arshinkoff, the bell cow of the county party for decades, big time.
You may recall that Williams resigned from the State Board of Education in December after the media started printing the nasty word that he was multitasking as a lobbyist for the non-union Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio. That group has a private charter school and there was more than a little notice that he was aggressively trying to persuade the board to support the school with your tax money and mine. That, after all, is what lobbyists do.
There was some heartfelt disappointment about Williams' departure from the state board.
The panel's president. Debe Terhar, a certified Tea Party member, sent her regrets and told him she would keep in touch.
His return to the Summit board on March 1 will be a reunion with his old stable where he once served as the board's director via the good graces of Arshinkoff . Williams also ran against Mayor Plusquellic in 2003, losing mightily. He highlighted his campaign by accusing the Democratic mayor of corruption (another Arshinkoff theme). He hissed declaring that his opponent had generously given a tax break to a friendly company that filed for bankrupcy.
There was a problem. The charge was not only untrue, the company, Qualilty Mold, was quite healthy and doing business. Under fire for an egregious error, Williams ultimately withdrew the charge from his website and apologized.
Now Williams and Arshinkoff will be united again, working in tandem on the board in the interest of the people, or at least some them. That will more than please the chairman who returned to the board himself under Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted after the previous secretary, Democrat Jennifer Brunner, ousted him for being so damn disruptive.
He's back? $18,000 per annum? No, we're not surprised.