Scott Oelslager (Republican - 51st). What to make of this teflon politician? Not much - is the answer.
Oelslager is the quintessential "ruffle no feathers" politician who has gotten next to nothing done as a member of the majority/supermajority Republican-controlled Ohio legislature (until January, 2009 when the Democrats took control of the House).
Someone needs to examine this guy to see whether or not he has a backbone.
If there ever has a no brainer for a politician who represents a significant part of Stark County, it would be to adamantly oppose AEP/Ohio Power's request for a gigantic increase in electric power rates over the next three years.
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) applauds state Senator Kirk Schuring (Republican) and newly elect Todd Snitchler (Republlcan) for standing front and center with the people and businesses of Stark County opposing Ohio Power's request.
All Scott ("I don't want to offend AEP/Ohio Power") Oelslager can do is write a "cover letter" passing on the comments of citizen-activist Kevin Ellis of Louisville who Oelslager incorrectly identifies as a constituent.
Actually Ellis is a constituent of Todd Snitchler (R/51st - Lake). Undoubedly, Ellis is glad of it.
Oelslager ranks only above term-limited-out and bottom-ender John Hagan (Republican - Marlboro who enabled the Ohio Power request while chair of the House public utilities committee) in the The Report's rankings of the legislators who have represented Stark County in the Legislature.
Oelslager has made a career of:
1. Sending out congratulatory letters to Stark Countians of achievement,
2. Photo oping with national and statewide politicians who come to Stark andglad-handing voters,
3. Sending out cover letters like the one in the accompanying graphic,
4. Sending out letters of inquiry BUT does not follow through. He sent one out onThe Report's complaint about the lack of currency and quality of the Ohio ElectionCommissions' website - but to be sure no substantive correctives have beendone -any follow up by Oelslager? No!
5. Speaking on public issues in a highly evasive and vague manner.
Oelslager has made a career of being the former aide to retired congressman Ralph Regula who glad hands to the nth degree while getting nothing done for Stark County.
Meanwhile, his core constituents (Jackson Township citizens) are about to have their school system sink into mediocrity because he has been a non-starter (notwithstanding all his years and experience in the Lelgislature) on the issue of solving public school funding.
Teflon may be good for frying pans, but not for politicians.
They need to be held accountable!