The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report/SCPR) has learned that at or proximate to a regular meeting of a Stark County Board of Elections that Deputy Director Jeff Matthews (also chariman of the Stark County Political Party) told Stark County Democratic Party chairman that Stark County commissioner Todd Bosley had threatened Board of Election finances if Matthews went public with any opposition to the commissioner imposed 1/2% sales/use tax voted on and passed in January, 2009.
In his discussion with Maier, Matthews invoked the name of an area Republican elected official as the person who communicated the alleged Bosley threat.
On Wednesday, Matthews took the stage with Matt Patrick of WHLO-AM (640 on your radio dial) and announced he was at the Tax Day, Tea Day - Canton, Ohio rally to join in the protest to national, state and (with an obvious flourish) local taxes.
A audio recording of the Matthews Tax Day, Tea Day comment can be heard at the end of this article.
The Report connected the "middle man" that Matthews identified to Maier. This official owned up to having had a conversation with Matthews cautioning him not to go public with opposition to the sales/use tax for obvious "conflict-in-interest" reasons.
The official emphatically denied that he passed on a Bosley threat to Matthews and that Matthew's attribution was a total and complete fabrication and that, he, the official was not conveying a Bosley message.
The Republican official also pointed out to The Report that on the one hand Matthews
and his bosses at the Board of Elections have a stake in the Stark County commissioners have sufficient revenues to fund regular and "extra" (an extra request was made in the 2008 election cycle) of the board on the one hand.
On the other hand, Matthews, as the chairman of the Stark County Republican Party is recruiting candidates to run against Bosley (2010), Harmon (2012) and Ferguson (2012) and to assist fueling them with campaign issues by making a stink about matters such as the "imposed" sales/use tax.
The Report agrees with the Republican source who quite articulately and forcefully pointed out this obvious conflict-in-interest.
The Report takes the further position that Matthews should resign his board of elections post. If he doesn't, the full board should call a meeting to discuss the future of Matthews as a board employee and move to immediately resolve any conflicts-in-interest!
Conflicts-in-interest is not something the Stark County public will abide.