Welcome to the Ohio House of Representatives. Nowhere is the democratic ideal more evident than in the House of Representatives - the body of state government closest to the individual citizen. The future of our state is dependent on the actions we take in state government and it is with great privilege that we lead Ohio toward a better tomorrow.
Apparently, one of the more important actions taken by the elected government officials in the State of Ohio is attending Big Ten Football games at the 'Shoe. According to the Associated Press: Ohio elected officials have spent more than $400,000 on Buckeyes football tickets since 1996, purchasing hundreds of seats each year through their campaign funds, state records show. For the upcoming 2008 season, 773 season tickets have been purchased by public officials at the state, county and local levels, according to university data. Most of those were bought by state lawmakers, all 132 of whom are offered four apiece.
As long as the good people in the state of Ohio have no problem with this practice... Who am I to question the logic or ethics of using public funds to attend a sporting event ?
Now, let me introduce you to John Widowfield. Mr Widowfield was a State Rep from Cuyahoga Falls until he resigned in May. He used $7,752 of his campaign funds to buy season tickets between 2002 and 2006. He then sold them for a profit on eBay, according to Statehouse sources.
Interesting note, John Windowfield is like most Ohio State fans I know, he isn't even a Buckeye grad -- he went to Akron. I guess if he were a real fan -- he would not be selling his tickets. He would paint his face red, drink too many beers and throw things at the opposing fans.