Ohio Democrat Judge Using Coingate Trial For Political Advantage

Tom Noe, the man who may have single handedly destroyed the Ohio Republican Party is on trial today for stealing $2.2 million dollars from the coin investment fund he ran for the state of Ohio.

With only four weeks to the day before Election Day, it’s interesting timing for the trial, isn’t it? A variety of media outlets have noted this as well:

The Toledo Blade:

For Democrats, the Tom Noe trial that begins this morning is more grist for the mill that they hope leads to victory Nov. 7.

For Republicans, it will be a weeks-long reminder of the pain their party has endured since the Noe scandal began unfolding more than 18 months ago.

CBS News:

Just a month before the elections, a former Republican fundraising star is set to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars from a state investment in rare coins.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the GOP. Democrats, who haven’t won a statewide executive office since 1990, are poised to take back the governor’s office and are in position to win a majority of the five statewide races, according to recent polls.

National Democratic leaders also are watching closely because Ohio again is widely expected to play a key role in picking the next president. The party believes that if it can capture Ohio’s governor’s office, it will have a better shot at winning the state in 2008.

The trial of Tom Noe will shine a spotlight on Republican Party problems even though its leaders have worked to distance themselves from the former coin dealer who managed the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s $50 million rare coin investment.

Akron Beacon Journal:

Just a month before Ohioans elect a new governor, a former Republican fundraising star is to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars from a state investment in rare coins.

The timing couldn’t be worse for GOP leaders struggling to maintain the party’s control over state government.

Democrats, who haven’t won a statewide executive office since 1990, are poised to take back the governor’s office and are in position to win a majority of the five statewide races based on recent polls.

And note the rest of the articles in the same vein at Ask.com.

So, how did the trial get scheduled at such a convenient time for the Democrats? If you guessed politics were involved, you guessed right. The presiding judge, a Democrat of course, chose to hear the case a mere four weeks to the day before Election Day. In addition to Judge Osowik being a Democrat, he’s also running for office himself this year. He’s in a race for Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals against Republican Judge Dennis Parish. So, not only will Noe’s case give the Ohio Dems running for the US Senate and House a political advantage by having this case and Tom Noe’s Republican affiliation splashed all over the Ohio news daily, but Judge Osowik has guaranteed that his name will be in all the newspapers and television news reports in Ohio’s sixth district from today to election day.

How convenient for him and the Democrats.

Update: Blogical Conclusions also weighs in on the trial’s timing and offers more commentary for Ohio voters.

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