A small item on the Enquirer blog today mentioned that I had recently been named as an Aspen/Rodel fellow. It's something that a handful of elected officials (half Democrat/half Republican) across the country are selected for every year, and I was privileged to have been so recognized. Ohio Speaker of the House John Husted, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, and (this year) Ohio House representative Shannon Jones have all been similarly recognized.
To take part, there are several retreats where the group comes together (mostly on three-day weekends), and one Enquirer reader wondered out loud if I would be using taxpayer dollars to pay for those trips/stays.
As with all other travel I have ever done as a Commissioner, the answer is most certainly NOT. Even when I am on the road for business as a commissioner, my policy is never to use one dime of taxpayer money to pay for things such as travel, hotel stays, meals, etc., involved.
Just wanted to set the record straight.
Here's the story: http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=blog02&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3aec38bb2b-982e-46ba-819a-da01a547e8eaPost%3a2c0a9d61-68e3-47cb-90ba-ba104e240665&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com