Campaign 2010

Oct 08, 2008

Former Lobbyist Turned Politician Steve Stivers: Putting Central Ohio Families at Risk

Steve Stivers Called Out for Voting to Weaken Child Abuse Laws and Making it Easier for Sex Offenders to Avoid Punishment

In recent days, Steve Stivers shamefully tried to change the subject from his role as a banking lobbyist who gamed the system and helped contribute to the worst banking meltdown since the Great Depression by making cowardly and false attacks against Mary Jo Kilroy, a highly respected woman who has served Franklin County for 16 years with distinction.

"Not only does Steve Stivers need to account for his past as a lobbyist for the banking industry, who consistently fought for less banking regulation, eliminating oversight and contributing to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, he also needs to answer why he continuously refuses to stand up for Ohio children and families," said Ryan Rudominer, Midwest Regional Press Secretary for the DCCC. "Unfortunately for Central Ohio families, in 2006, former lobbyist turned politician Steve Stivers voted to weaken child abuse legislation, including making it easier for sex offenders to avoid punishment by reducing the period of time allowed to prosecute a sex crime in civil court."

In the face of Republican leadership, Stivers could not even stand up for legislation he previously supported.  The Senate unanimously approved tough legislation to protect children from sexual abuse. The Ohio House subsequently gutted some of the bill's strongest provisions.  Senate Democrats and Republican Patricia Clancy said no to the House changes, but Stivers decided to side with the Republican Party instead of Ohio families. [SB 17, 3/29/06]

During the summer, Stivers came under fire for failing to close a loophole in legislation he co-authored which was supposed to mandate background checks at camps to protect our children [SB 259, 8/5/04]. The law required the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to monitor "child day camps" but made no reference to residential camps. Stivers has repeatedly said he would try to close the loophole, but three years later has still failed to do so. [The Associated Press, 7/23/08]