Allen Co. GOP Chairman Steve Shine fired his party's executive director after it was learned that he or someone under his direction may have forged the signatures of candidates for as many as 10 township offices in order to qualify them to be placed on the November ballot. The Journal Gazette's Benjamin Lanka reports:
The Allen County Republican Party chairman fired the party’s executive director Monday after it was discovered that several party candidates for township offices could be bumped from the ballot because of forged signatures.
Steve Shine, party chairman, said he terminated Executive Director Douglas Foy’s contract with the party after he confirmed the signatures were not those of the candidates. Shine declined to comment on whether Foy signed the documents, but said as executive director, he was in charge of ensuring that the forms were properly completed.
“Doug (Foy) is a very, very good person, who unfortunately made an error in judgment that was of such significance that it needed to be addressed immediately,” Shine said.
Shine said Foy believed he was doing the candidates a favor.
Shine has been a long-time, well-respected Republican chairman in Allen Co. This isn't the sort of thing folks expect to happen under his leadership. As a consequence, the affected candidates could have their names removed from the ballot, and the person responsible for the forged signatures could face criminal charges.