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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Cincinnati Enquirer Cites Federal Crime Committed by Jean Schmidt in Endorsement

Forest Park, Ohio

Ohio Second Congressional District independent write-in candidate Nate Noy today continued on the path of his anti-corruption campaign trail by informing the public that Jean Schmidt has committed a federal crime, Noy stated: "The incompetence and/or dishonesty of the Cincinnati Enquirer continued to shine through today when it endorsed Jean Schmidt for Congress and cited a federal crime committed by her as one of her major accomplishments."

Noy added the following facts: "In its endorsement the Enquirer stated: 'She won high marks for helping to deal with the styrene leak in eastern Cincinnati shortly after she took office.' This stems from a letter she sent to the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration on August 29, 2005. A copy of the letter was still posted on the Jean Schmidt website today at: http://news.enquirer.com/assets/AB7777830.PDF ."

"The LAW is very clear and Jean Schmidt broke it when she wrote this letter. There is federal legislation that limits the use of the Franking Privilege to sitting members of Congress. There is a provision that allows for a member-elect to utilize this Privilege if and only if the following three prongs are met: (1) The letter must be in responses to a letter; (2) the member-elect must be certified by the Board of Elections and (3) the member-elect must have prior approval from the U.S. House."

"This letter was written BEFORE Jean Schmidt went to Congress and long before Secretary of State Ken Blackwell certified her election results. If you recall it was mid-November before the Hamilton County Board of Elections certified the special election of August 2005. Schmidt signed this letter 'Congresswoman-elect' but legally she was NOT certified and therefore she could NOT legally send the letter."

Noy added: "Another ironic twist in this tale is the fact that this letter is posted on Jean Schmidt's CAMPAIGN WEBSITE! U.S. House rules clearly prohibit the use of any official correspondence on a campaign website. So even IF Schmidt found a way to circumvent the law when she first sent this letter the fact that she is using it in her campaign is another violation of the law. If does not surprise me that the same newspaper that endorsed a woman that does not even recall what kind of college degree she has by citing her 'file-card memory' last year would point to another blatant illegal act by Jean Schmidt when endorsing her this year. How much stock does this woman own in the company? Or perhaps the Cincinnati Enquirer simply employs the most incompetent editors on the planet!"

For more information regarding Noy’s findings please contact the Nate Noy for Congress Committee campaign headquarters at 513-259-7782 or admin@noyforcongress.com.

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