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Senate GOP throws out 78 Strickland appointees

By admin Published: December 21, 2010

Ann Sanner
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Senate has voted to reject nearly a quarter of outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland's appointments to state boards and commissions, in a move one fellow Democrat calls a stab in the back.

Democratic Sen. Nina Turner says Tuesday's 18-12 vote amounts to the largest rejection of a governor's appointments and is disrepectful to Strickland. Republican Senate President-elect Tom Niehaus said Republicans who lead the Senate thought carefully about the decision.

Seventy-eight of Strickland's 351 pending appointments were rejected. Another 273 appointees were poised to be approved or allowed to keep their seats without objection.

Of the rejections, more than half were submitted after Strickland lost the Nov. 2 election to Republican John Kasich.

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