This Ohio coingate which i have been trying to cover locally is getting freaky.
Everyone is focusing on the money and the pay for play that is obvious, but there is something else in the under current that just keep coming up constantly and not getting any answers.
It always seems to come back to the election and the Lucas county Board of elections - and bernadette Noe.
First, she was chair of the Lucas county GOP and hence had a spot on the BoE. Lucas County had terrible problems in Nov. there is a pdf report on the Ohio sec of state website
Now it gets a little weird. Bernadette Noe reported a guy called Joe Kidd who was director of the Lucas BoE to the authorities, from the blade
The contributions to the Bush campaign became the subject of a criminal investigation after Bernadette Noe and Sam Thurber, two former GOP members of the county elections board, talked to the county prosecutor's office about what they claimed was wrongdoing by Joe Kidd, the former director of the county elections office and a fellow Republican.
Investigators found nothing to validate their claims against Mr. Kidd, but the investigation quickly changed direction to focus on new allegations that Mr. Noe had routed campaign cash to the Bush campaign through other local Republicans.
So thats weird, right ? If she was up to her neck in campaign fraud, why report anything and bring attention, and it seems that is exactly what happened, as the tables got turned on her.
I tried talking to a few blade reporters about this, but they are very cagey.
Ok, so strange but shit happens, people are stupid.. BUT, then i read today this little nugget, again its in a blade story, where it isnt kinda burried at the bottom....
COLUMBUS - Attorney General Jim Petro acknowledged yesterday that Bernadette Noe, a lawyer and wife of embattled coin dealer Tom Noe, "may have" successfully lobbied his office to direct thousands of dollars in contracts to her law firm to collect debt on behalf of the state.
"Tom never brought it up. I don't doubt that Bernadette may have," Mr. Petro said....
In 2003, Mr. Petro appointed Tracy Kidd, who like Ms. Noe was a part-time lawyer at the Toledo law firm Wise & Dorner, as special counsel to conduct debt collection. The appointment meant that Ms. Kidd, and potentially Ms. Noe, would receive as much as one-third of the $245,000 collected during her tenure as special counsel for the state.
Who is Tracy Kidd ?
no other than the wife of Joe Kidd !!
so we have Bernadette Noe, with the Help of Tracy Kidd, getting kickbacks from the state to do law work for the state, and for some reason, she starts ratting out her lawyer partners husband at the BoE and the shit blows right back in her face.
no one is that stupid. There is a story not being told here.