Thursday, August 17, 2006

Brian Hicks

Anyone who has been following the Republican parade of corruption and scandals here in Ohio, knows the name Brian Hicks. Just in case you don't know Brian Hicks, let me refresh your memory....

WCPO 7/30/2005 ---
...On Friday, former chief of staff Brian Hicks became the first person to be convicted in the state's growing investment scandal for his failure to report stays at the Florida vacation home of a coin dealer.

The conviction of Hicks and his longtime aide, Cherie Carroll, immediately shifted attention to Taft and whether he will be charged for his own ethics' lapse: failing to report up to 60 golf outings over several years....

Capital Watch 10/20/2005 --- Students at The Ohio State University even tried to have Brian Hicks, a Taft appointee, removed from the Board of Trustees. They failed.

Now we have this from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel 8/17/2006 ---

A former aide to Gov. Bob Taft remains involved in high-profile Republican campaigns, even as others in the state GOP seek to distance themselves from the scandal in which he and the governor were convicted.

Brian Hicks, Taft's former chief of staff, is listed among hosts of an Aug. 25 fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, arranged by supporters of the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University.

Hicks, who runs a lobbying and public affairs firm in Columbus, said he supports Pryce's candidacy and simply wanted to signal his support. He is a member of the OSU board of trustees....