Simpson questions Stainbrook ‘screening process’Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Some candidates running for Lucas County Republican Party (LCRP) Central Committee on May 4 have criminal histories or do not live within the precinct they are running for, according to Jeff Simpson.
“We felt it is necessary for the voters to know who is running and have a clear image of their candidates,” said Simpson, who is one of two men claiming to be chairman of the executive committee of the LCRP.
During an April 30 press conference, Simpson said the candidates in question were recruited by the Jon Stainbrook “faction;” Stainbrook also claims to be the executive committee chairman of the LCRP.
At least eight candidates have criminal backgrounds Simpson said he feels comfortable disclosing. The criminal backgrounds include convictions of theft, preparation of marijuana for sale, possession of cocaine, gross sexual imposition and manslaughter.
“You have to wonder who [Stainbrook’s] bringing in. Are these the type of people who Republicans will identify with when they make their vote on Tuesday?” Simpson said.
Simpson said his background checks were conducted just on Stainbrook recruits and focus on the last 10 years unless it was a “shocking” type of crime.
“We’re questioning the judgment and screening process that Mr. Stainbrook used in recruiting his precinct people,” said Paul Hoag, central committee chairman for the Simpson faction of the LCRP.
Simpson said he did not run background checks on candidates running for LCRP Central Committee that are associated with his faction.
“No. 1, most of these people I’ve known for years. No. 2, out of our precinct people who circulated their petitions, 98 percent circulated them themselves. Of these (Stainbrook) precinct people 99 percent of their was circulated by four people, not themselves,” Hoag said.
Despite one known felon in his faction, Simpson said there is a difference between the types of crime.
“I think there’s a difference, a line between something that happened a long time ago and something that happened more recently. A line between things are more small time and a line between things that are very very shocking,” he said.
Simpson hosted his press conference outside the vacant home of a precinct 17G candidate for the LCRP. The home has a sign stating the property is managed by RE/MAX.
The former home of the central committee candidate is currently owned by a bank. The house is one of three addresses for central committee candidates that Simpson said are not inhabited by the candidate.
Stainbrook could not be reached for comment.